I'll admit I'd never even heard of Vera Neumann until I started looking in earnest at vintage textiles last year. After my first few Wert discoveries I found this Vera napkin at Savers for a couple bucks. I was intrigued by the bold lines and colors and it was cheap. So I brought it home and promptly looked up this Vera on the interwebs.
I was pleasantly surprised to see her work was amazing. I started picking up others to ReSell or craft with. And of course, there are always things you need to keep for yourself. Like this stunner of a scarf. It was $2 at Savers and is very well used. It's not falling apart or anything, but can you blame someone for wearing this thin? I wore it as a head band last month and got several compliments.
I bought Vera, The Art and Life of an Icon on Amazon for research. It is a stunning coffee table book of her work and her life as an artist. It traces her journey from silk screening placemats in her dining room to becoming a household name in fashion and housewares. (Then those other Vera's, Bradley and Wang, came along and stole her thunder.) Personally, I am drawn to her abstract work more than the florals or the butterflies. Though I do like the vegetable napkins I found at Helping Hands. Part of me wants to sell them, and part of me wants to keep them forever!
My dream Vera items? These 1964 World's Fair scarves.