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Dot Replinger would have been 95 years old today. She lived happily in her house until three days before her death last May, after a short illness. She left behind a large body of art work, notably her works in fiber. One her favorite pieces, Olive Angel, will later this year be on view at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.
As museum director Jon Seydl wrote,
“We are thankful to have such an outstanding example of fiber art in the collection—a striking work that would make an impact in any museum, It’s particularly meaningful not only because KAM was her museum but also because it allows both of your parents to have a presence in perpetuity in Champaign-Urbana . . .”
These are the last four cards that Dot sent out. Like Matisse, Mom moved toward collage in her later years. Technology in the form of color photocopying helped here, of course.
Surely, the famous San Francisco de Asis Mission Church near Taos, New Mexico, which Dot had visited several times and as recently as October 2008, with her friends the Aronsons, was part of her inspiration.
Merry Christmas. Joyous Noel.
Two changes happened during these years. First, Dot used just a single color in her designs. Second, Jack took over for several years as the card designer and maker. His cards show the house he designed for themselves, which they moved to in 1993.
Harold Young, like my father Jack Replinger, was a professor on the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Architecture. Jack and Dot counted him among their best friends. Harold designed and printed these wonderful silkscreen cards in the 1950s. I imagine that he and Dot inspired one another each Christmas season.
These two cards, both silkscreen prints, are from 1955 or later, after the last of Jack and Dot’s sons was born. The first card shows Santa making an easy takeoff from the sloped roof of their house on Burnett Circle.
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