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This artwork was a labor of love for my deceased wife and myself. We were freshly married and, ahem, without funds. Staying at home and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes only went so far. We needed to do something constructive together.

On one of our regular trips to the library we ran across a picture book of Art Deco architecture, jewelry and works of art. The cover photo was of a work commissioned by the government for a municipal building in some big city. It escapes me now after all these years which city - Detroit perhaps, or Chicago? Regardless, we were both struck by the powerful cityscape, soaring skyscrapers, theater marquees, modern lampposts, curved restaurant storefront, and shining over all the klieg lights searching the skies above. Even the sans-serif fonts on the signs were attractively Art Deco. We would have loved that mural in our home.

That sparked an idea. Mary was a trained artist, an industrial engineer, plus a skilled seamstress and quilter. I was an engineer, as well. Together we could mathematically scale up each of the book cover’s many elements to a proportional large size, find appropriate fabric to take the place of the paint on the original, cut the many pieces to the enlarged size, and sew it together. We could build our own mural and have the fun of working closely together doing so.

And so we did. Together we searched out the fabrics. I scaled the book cover to a quite large 46” tall by 38” wide and calculated the dimensions of each segment (i.e. the skyscraper shadows, the searchlight beam, the elevator shaft line, etc.) and drew templates for each piece. Both of us laid out the templates on the fabrics and cut them out. Mary did the fine sewing and the stitching that makes up the lettering, windows, distant street lamps, and outlines of some buildings.

Now that I am retired and downsizing my home it is my hope that someone will find this large work of art as pleasurable as I have and enjoy it for many more years to come.

Dimensions: 46” tall by 38” wide
Materials: Fabric on wooden frame

Art Deco Framed Fabric Cityscape


  • Vintage handmade item
  • Materials: Fabric, Wooden Frame
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Favorited by: 28 people