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Robert Venturi + Denise Scott Brown Grandmother Print

$ 28.00

Fabric face coverings made from 100% cotton. Choose between small, medium and large size, and elastic straps that go over your head or loop around your ears. Printed, cut and sewn in San Francisco. Mask set contains two masks. 

This mask was made in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown worked collaboratively with FWM from 1980 to 1982 to create several new fabric designs. The design inspiration for Grandmother (1983) came from an old tablecloth belonging to the grandmother of an associate of Venturi and Scott Brown. They modified the tablecloth’s floral print and added an overlay pattern of dashes. Venturi has described the initial design idea: “We wanted a pattern . . . that was explicitly pretty in its soft, curvy configurations and sweet combinations of colors, and represented as well something with nice associations, those of flowers. By juxtaposing the two patterns, the dashes and the grandmother-tablecloth, we achieved design involving dramatic contrasts of scale, rhythm, color, and association, and one that is usable in many ways” (VSBA Archives, project statement, July 19, 1990).

 Made from two layers of a tight weave 100% cotton. 

  • Size info and photos here. Masks will shrink a bit in the first wash. 
  • Please wash and dry masks before using, and wash and dry, or thoroughly steam iron them between uses. Print will fade with repeated washing. We recommend washing masks in a mesh bag as you would wash delicates, or hand wash and hang to dry to prolong the lifespan as the elastic straps can get caught in washing machines. 
  • Masks have a wire nose bridge which helps keep the top part of the mask snug to the nose. Adjust this by gently bending the wire to fit your face/nose.

The CDC has recommended wearing fabric face coverings, read their recommendations here. These masks are NOT a substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks and are NOT FDA approved. Not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure any disease or health condition, and not intended for use by children under 12 years old. While wearing any mask, you should follow CDC guidelines of 6 feet of separation, washing hands thoroughly, and not touching your face. For personal use only and cannot be returned or exchanged.