Helmar Boston Garter

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This Woman is doing the Hard Work

It is time for an update on our Joe Wood Boston Garter rug project. So far the weaving map has been made and all the wool and art silk has been dyed to our specifications. This means that we are at the stage where the hard part begins–and in this case we are depending upon the expertise of India’s women crackerjacks to tie the actual knots. Everything looks great to this point, doesn’t it? I’ll try to find out the names of the women here. Note: we are looking at the back of the rug.


Our Biggest Project for 2012: 1912 Boston Garters Revisited

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One can’t help but like the 1912 Boston Garter series. If they weren’t so darn rare and expensive I would love to collect them. Not only are they colorful and unusually large (8.5″ x 4.25″), the locker room concept and art are absolutely unique among early 20th century art cards. Check out these images:


In December we began work on our own Helmar version of this iconic set. Forty-two cards are scheduled to be in the series and we expect the paintings to take until the end of October to complete. The first few cards should be available in about two months. In the meantime, I thought that you might enjoy this sneak preview of the card back that I designed:

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