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The Art of Printmaking

Laird Borrelli-Persson

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“[This] sumptuous book offers exuberant post-pandemic eye candy in its many photos and illustrations.”—Ann Landi, Wall Street Journal

Published on the 70th anniversary of the Marimekko brand, this book surveys the classic design collaborations, patterns, and vibrant textiles from the much-loved Finnish lifestyle design house

Marimekko held its first fashion show in 1951, where the clean lines and bright patterns made waves on the Scandinavian fashion scene. By 1960, Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing Marimekko, and the brand established itself as a global presence, frequently being featured in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Over the past seventy years, Marimekko has created some of the most distinctive patterns in the design industry. Drawing on the wealth of Marimekko’s archives, this volume showcases over one hundred iconic patterns and includes never-before-seen imagery.
Four distinct sections guide the reader from the Marimekko philosophy and lifestyle; to its printing factory in Herttoniemi, Finland; on to a rich sourcebook of pattern; and finally to the brand’s ultra-sustainable, super-creative future. In-depth case studies are included throughout, showing how Marimekko collaborates with designers to bring their patterns from sketchbook to final print, and the means by which they are manufactured, from sketchbook to screenprinted fabric. This fully illustrated brand history and design resource is essential reading for any lover of print and pattern.

Laird Borrelli-Persson is archive editor at

“[This] sumptuous book offers exuberant post-pandemic eye candy in its many photos and illustrations.”—Ann Landi, Wall Street Journal

“To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the beloved Finnish textile maker, this new book gives fans a look back at some of the brand’s biggest moments, a peek into the printmaking and patterns, and a preview of what the next 70 years might look like for the iconic company.”—Elle Décor

“The book is lush in photographs . . . You’ll certainly find something that catches your attention whether it be a print, a coloration, a piece of furniture, or just how this company has enjoyed a kind of popularity that few in any business can claim.”—Jeffrey Felner, New York Journal of Books

“Published to celebrate the lifestyle brand's 70th anniversary this year, [Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking charts] how the well-connected, media-savvy Ratia – and the highly individualistic artists she hand-picked to design for her ­– shaped the label's audacious aesthetic.—Dominic Luytens, BBC News

“Marimekko was conceived as an antifashion company in the 1950s by feminist and utopian Armi Ratia, who designed freeing dresses in bold prints. Women make up a majority of the designers of these iconic prints and the clothing and home goods made with them. In this book, the colorful, instantly recognizable prints are the focus—they splash across full pages, demonstrating anew how they brought joy to a postwar world.”—Lindsay King, Library Journal
ISBN: 9780300259834
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
272 pages, 10 1/8 x 12 1/8
372 color + b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: US and Canada only