Dot’s 95th

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 . . .”

olive angel (1280x835)

Olive Angel, fiber, c 1975.

dot and victoria (928x1280)

Dot Replinger and her sheepdog Victoria, 1970s.



Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #12, 2000s

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.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico.
Photo by Dot Replinger, October 2008.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #11, 1980s-1990s

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.

Silkscreen print, c 1980s.

Silkscreen print and pen, c 1980s.

Silkscreen print, c 1980s.

Pen, photocopy, c 1993.

Pen, photocopy, c 1995.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #10, 1970s

Peace on Earth, as denoted by doves, seemed to be a theme in the 1970s.


Silkscreen, 1970.

9 CC (1021x1280)

Silkscreen, early 1970s.

19 CC (1280x1027)

Silkscreen, 1960s or 1970s.

22 CC (1023x1280)

Silkscreen, 1970s.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #9, 1960s


Silkscreen print, c 1960s.

14 CC (1280x1024)

Silkscreen print, c 1960s.

11 CC (1280x1023)

Silkscreen print, c 1960s.

Harold Young Christmas Card Collection

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.

Harold Young, silkscreen print, 1955.

Harold Young, silkscreen print, 1956.

Harold Young, silkscreen print, 1957.

Harold Young, silkscreen print, probably 1958.

Harold Young, silkscreen print, 1959.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #8

Kings and Bethlehem, 1950s silkscreen prints.

1950s, silkscreen print.

1950s, silkscreen print.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #7

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.

Silkscreen, c 1955.

Silkscreen, c 1955.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #6

This five-color silkscreen card is from 1953 or 1954 because a handwritten inside closing includes “Johnny and Bobby.” The fireplace form is from Mom and Dad’s house on Burnett Circle, which they moved to in 1953.

Silkscreen, 1953 or 1954

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #5

The first card is a one-off collage from 1951, celebrating the first Christmas of the newborn son, my older brother John. The second card is a silkscreen print, probably from the 1950s.

Collage, 1951.

Silkscreen print, c 1950s.