Oh yeah...Women's History Month! While there are an array of women who inspire us and are just plain rad, we shine a light today on the late Vera Neumann.
Vera Neumann, (July 24, 1907 – June 15, 1993) ) was a revolutionary American artist and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time. Vera is best known for her boldly colored linen patterns and scarves signed "Vera", later adding a lady bug to her signature - a true "Vera" mark.
Not only is her art bright, happy and inspirational, so is Vera's philosophy - "fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few."
Rea Lubarb, her friend and longtime press agent, said of her, "Vera couldn't decide whether to be a wife, a mother, an artist, a business entrepreneur, or a wold traveler. So she was all of them." (Source: Vera, The Art and life of an Icon by Susan Seid)
She herself never ran out of ideas. "The Creative part of the business is like a fountain; it keeps going, going, going. I never repeat myself," she said late in her career. (Source: Vera, The Art and life of an Icon by Susan Seid)
(source - two middle images: www.whimsyandjuno.com)
Be on the look out for the book Vera, by Susan Seid - a lovely account of her work and life. Coming to Pigment soon!
We love Vera for her strong entrepreneurial spirit, her independent role during a time that women weren't encouraged to be so, and for her lovely art that she leaves us with to admire and resurface time and time again.