Lecture + Workshop

Marimekko + FWM: The History of Printing for Progress

September 15, 2023
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Apprentices supervised by Mary Anne Friel (left) pass a squeegee across the silk screen as they print repeat yardage for Judy Rifka’s “Museum Wallpaper” design. Photo credit: FWM Archives.

Learn how pattern, color, and form inspired free expression and radical progress at FWM and Marimekko with the American Swedish Historical Museum (ASHM) Curator, Christopher Malone, and FWM Director of Education, Christina Roberts

Extend your experience with an optional workshop directly following the lecture. Participants will have the opportunity to screenprint their own tote with a prepared pattern inspired by Marimekko and FWM designs, then customize their own screenprinted totebag through various surface design techniques guided by FWM master printers.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Radically Marimekko at ASHM.


Event Information

September 15, 2023
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19017

$15 Public | $10 FWM + ASHM members

This event is SOLD OUT. To join the waitlist, please contact us at info@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.


Learn More

Radically Marimekko

For over 70 years, Marimekko has infused art into the clothes and interiors of our everyday lives. Rising from the ashes of WWII, Marimekko’s colorful fabrics and openness to experimentation brought together the textile traditions of Finland with innovative and bold designs based on the changing tastes and aesthetics of the contemporary art world.

Led by a series of Finnish women designers and innovators, Marimekko has successfully blurred the lines between fine and decorative arts, cementing Finland as one of the most important design centers in the world. Radically Marimekko will trace the brand’s path from industrial art house to its present-day status as a fashion icon. Marimekko continues to enhance our relationship with patterns and colors by bringing bold and vibrant sensibilities to life.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish museum in the United States. As the nation marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the museum’s founder, Dr. Amandus Johnson inspired a group of committed, successful Swedish-Americans to build the Museum as a permanent monument to Swedish contributions in the United States. Learn more at americanswedish.org.