Strengell, Marianne, b. 1909 d. 1998
Fiber artist, Teacher
Active in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Wellfleet, Mass.
Collection size: 1.7 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Correspondence, writings, art works, scrapbooks, photographs, textile samples and printed materials relating to Strengell's career as a fiber artist and teacher. A resume; typescript of a publicity campaign promoting Strengell's career; 2 letters from Eliel Saarinen 1931-1932; correspondence, 1950-1983, with friends and colleagues regarding Strengell's work with the International Labour Office, her years at Cranbrook, her selling of Harry Bertoia's work to dealers; and the promotion of her work; published and unpublished writings by Strengell; a sketchbook "Going West," containing sketches done while traveling, 1940; textile samples, 1940s-1950s; 15 monoprints, 1964; scrapbooks, including one compiled by Strengell's mother, 1934; one containing clippings and notes regarding Strengell's arrival in the U.S., 1937, one of clippings, 1939-1941;
2 scrapbooks of writings, clippings and printed material regarding Strengell's work in Manila, Phillipines surveying weaving as a cottage industry;and one "Jamaica," containing fabric samples and photographs, 1966. Also included are exhibition catalogs; clippings; 2 obituaries on Eliel Saarinen; a booklet, 1904, by Strengell's father Gustav Strengell and Sigurd Fosterus on architecture; 122 photographs of Strengell, her work, friends and students; and 49 photographs by Strengell.
ADDITION: Biographical data, and clippings relating to work by Strengell and her architect husband, Olav Hammarstrom.
Biographical/Historical Note: Fiber artist and teacher.
Donated 1982-1983 by Marianne Strengell, and in 1989 by Strengell and her husband, Olav Hammarstrom.
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