About this Work

This project investigates early twentieth-century domestic textile design in Europe and the Jewish-owned textile printing companies in Czech Bohemia and Moravia. My artwork responds to both their role within that economic and cultural landscape as well as their legacy. The case study for my research is “Carl Breuer and Sons” (CB&S), my family’s former textile printing business, founded 1897 in Bohemia. In 1939 the company was seized and sold to Nazi-approved owners along with all other Jewish-owned property in German-occupied areas. Most of my family members were murdered shortly thereafter, and the product of their work was lost. Through my research trips to the company’s archive of fabric samples and designs held at The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, I have amassed a rich collection of primary source material in the form of digital scans depicting designs, and printed fabric and letters of correspondence. This archive has been my springboard for creating an array of printed works which not only tell my family’s story of persecution and emigration, but also raise questions about labor, authorship and appropriation.

Steel Tablecloth
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
14 x 13 x 13 inches
Green and White Tablecloth
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
15 x 14 x 13 inches
Red Tablecloth
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
15 x 13 x 13 inches
Yellow Tablecloth
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
18 x 13 x 13 inches
Shield
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
21 x 24 x .3 inches
Shattered
2019
Kiln Formed Glass
20.5 x 20.5 x .3 inches
Spring Green Placemat
2019
Kilnformed glass
17 x 20 x 1 inch
Swing Girl Terrycloth
2019
Kilnformed glass
17 x 20 x 1 inch
Bohemian Showroom
2019
Cyanotype and dye on cotton, Wood
18 x 8 feet
Installation at Jule Collins Smith Museum
Ariane Forest
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
54 x 45 inches
Ariane Swans
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
Pattern #15 Cubed (purple)
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
54 x 45 inches
Swing Girl
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
54 x 45 inches
Animal Arc
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
54 x 45 inches
Scooter Girls w/ Diamonds
2018
UV-reactive dye on cotton
54 x 45 inches
Tatra Tassel
2017
Woodcut, Screenprint and UV Reactive Dye on Linen and Raw Silk
40 x 40 inches
Circus Folks and Badges
2019
Screenprint
37 x 30 inches

Published by the W.OR.KS. Printshop, Tomas Wojak Master Printer

Hans, Olga and Felix
2019
Screenprint
37 x 30 inches

Published by the W.OR.KS. Printshop, Tomas Wojak Master Printer

Aurora Cascade
2018
Woodcut on Kozo paper
20.5 x 15 inches
Chuppah
2017
Woodcut and UV Reactive Dye on Linen
84 x 84 inches
2018
Woodblock and Polymer Plate Prints with Foil-stamped Cover and Screw-post Binding, 24 pages,
4 x 4 inches
Available for purchase through the publisher: San Francisco Center for the Book
Swatch 15
2018
Woodcut
22.5 x 16 inches
Animal Ark
2018
Woodcut
22.5 x 16 inches
Swing Girl
2018
Woodcut
22.5 x 16 inches
Sol Swatch
2018
Woodcut
22.5 x 16 inches
Tassels
2017
Woodcut, Screenprint and UV Reactive Dye on Linen
48 x 105 inches
Rubbing Workshop Tables
2018
Engraved Plywood, Clipboard Clips
19.5 x 46.5 x 29.9 inches
Rubbing Workshop Tables
2018
Engraved Plywood, Clipboard Clips
19.5 x 46.5 x 29.9 inches
Aurora
2017
Woodcut on Linen
40 x 40 inches
CB&S Floral Swatches
2016
Woodcuts on Raw Silk
65 x 45 inches
CB&S Floral Swatch 1
2016
Woodcut on Raw Silk
38.5 x 28.5 inches
CB&S Floral Swatch 2
2016
Woodcut on Raw Silk
38.5 x 28.5 inches
CB&S Floral Swatch 3
2016
Woodcut on Raw Silk
38.5 x 28.5 inches
CB&S Floral Swatch 4
2016
Woodcut on Raw Silk
38.5 x 28.5 inches
Sample Swatches
2016
Polymer Plate Relief Print
12 x 15 inches
Sheriff Star Car
2017
Screenprint
26 x 20 inches
Scooter Girl
2016
Screenprint on paper
22 x 22 Inches
Aurora Sampler
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Pilot
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Soccer Guys (Winter)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Soccer Guys (Summer)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22 x 22 Inches
Lucerna Floral (Summer)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22 x 22 Inches
Lucerna Floral (Spring)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22 x 22 Inches
Lucerna Pool (Winter)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Lucerna Pool (Summer)
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Lucerna 231 Fall
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Lucerna 231 Spring
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Lucerna 231 Summer
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches
Lucerna 231 Winter
2016
Screenprint on paper
22.5 x 22.5 Inches