Iona Plath

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OF WOMEN EVA BETH SELLERS, Editor NEWS OF SOCIETY BUNNIES, DUCKS AND KITTENS-CAPER THROUGH CHILDREN'S-DESIGNSW IONA PLA TM KLEIN ' FORMER CORPUS CHRISTIAN VISITING HERE bhio By LOIS BR1STER j loha Plath, who ''does'' all sorts: of things ;from her free-lancing j studio, of design in New-York City,! has momentarily left her adopted j metropolis where Hvihg in whirl o f ' the.only existence and is back to the slower pace of Corpus Christi life lor a visit. ! Her over-abundsn; energies lore! her away from .this land of "ms-] nana" snd found their place in i Wednesday | bustling New York, For she be- } ( g a n . w u h ( " he Iona P I a t h School) -Christians at t h e ! . oi Ar1 * in lhe NT ' xon Bunding here con--i. a " d n ? w H years later is Mrs. J. a n d i A!an Kle:n - Jree-laijcing designer/ . "1 think il's a lovely baU- live." siie remarked, "but I'm oui of pink I o f lhe habit. 1 hsve io keep doins? j something." " ·. ~ | mantels i It was this urgent need for j something to do that lea her. to local j take a four-year art course a: and win-' \S"cstmocrland College in San An- South-jto'nio in the two years, just after rooniishe was graduated from Corpus wiih I Christi High School. It was also colors,-this urge thai made her, during pre- j the summers o{ the four years ih'as school, take four- j up her artist sunplies and headed lace [ j 0 r the city. She didn't find it · j Villag isis who talk about their a:t but Air. ! never do anything; and young sri- and j i sl = from the hin'erlands cfo not Mr. and ;· ? al5 into ' at commissions immed- t e r ] iately upon arrival. more difficult than t . But difficulty was meal and ; drink to v ]? ^ pl h T _ k e her , vorci V or ai s] [le ; ^variabiv !os- | Eoes ai thi th h a r d A ; d iron j ft fc is h o w she began gcui - ng her . tapers j ^ established in Kew York. pictures which j = e emed u^ offer good material for j . murals, ihese she peddled among others. Finally Eornsc-ne bought, them and put them into an apartment house. That was a jubilant moment and I was to be the foundation for more | i iubilant ones. A publisher saw j barbe- i these, asked her to do some book j j jackets in the same mood, and the '' an- i proprietor of. Chateau Richelieu, each ' smart cafe in uptown New York, J £aw '-hem siso and commissioned Mrs. her W do. some decorating work · Business came to her slowly at I first but steadily until at'last she J found herself as busy as two ordi- i nary persons could, possibly be. i That is how things are now and j as long as ihey remain that way I she will be very happy, j Gradually she came to special- j ize in children's things. She puts 1 out s. complete line of children's I goods twice a year for a needie- j craft m a n u f a c t u r e r , for example. Mrs. Alan Klein, formerly Miss iona Piath of Corpus Christi, is a free-lonce designer with a studio in New York City. She prefers designing things for children but has undertaken a variety of assignment's in her 10 years at the job. Shown here ore a few samples of her work. At top are two pieces of cross stitch which she designed end which were used in a needlework company's e x h i b i t World's Fair this summer. The first depicts New York as it used to be with old Dutch buildings while the other is modern New York wirh its skyscrapers. Notice the old-fashioned schooners in the first os compared to the modern steamships in the other. At left is shasvn one of her designs for a baby blanket. The kitten with his fiddle is put on thick wool. In the finished form there were kittens' heads all around the top. One was peeping over at the fellow shown and he has his eyes cocked up of him. Mrs. Klein is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Plafh, here for several weeks. She expects to return to New York in about ten days. w w F. c r b She works for book publishers on i is^ ana their lives. It seems a r t - ( s t u d i o s and talk about their work.! drawn b u illusirations for children's books.! ists, prosaically enough, work j Usually on S a t a t i r d a y nights a : but t w i m m i n e and She makes designs for sheets and j most of the time. She herself | group goes to some small n i g h t i every position in c-vcrv pillowcases for a linen m a n u f s c - t works from 10 to 14 hours a day. j club to dance--and talk a b o u t ' w a t e r turer, towels and wash rags for i She and her husband, who is an j their work. All in all it isn't a j But how a towel maker. She does bath j Associated Press cartoonist, look i mau, rubber bibs, serving trays, j forward to Sunday as the big day patterns for needlepoint and hook- ; in the week when they can get can one peryon t h i p a r t i c u l a r l y exciting life bui it i up s 0 m a n y clever thincs to I r Tl.-r»f ifjflt'fl l ) ) t « - ' r r I 1 ! . " _ . · - . . ' . is wonderfully fid). i m a g i n a t i v e y o u n g s T h u m b i n g _ through her work,] docs, she get. her. ideas, ed rugs and hundreds of other i "p early and v.-ork together all day j Mrs. Klen describe- it as c o m - i to knov; She answe-'s items. She is an exceedingly i until late at night. On Friday i pletely f a s c i n a t i n g , h u t admits i t ! "Oh j don't busy woman. nights artists gather in one of the ! has its tedious side as well. "I've ! started and thev come to 'vo'u " Last year she was sent to Swe- ! · · ' · den to buy tapestries lor a needle-1 D r-,n j_ x i ^ /~ - \i/ · . work company, she spent three j Benefit Forty, Martha Creative Writing monns ana managed to see Cop- t \A/ Q sh j H Q t o n Tea To B e j C l u b Meets Q t ·iven by Civic Club | Home of Ann Colby A benefit party and Martha i The Creative W r i t i n g Group, a: i lhe re, she says. At the tapestry | j-houses she has served chocolates LOVE SONGS FEATURE VALENTINE PROGRAM AT HARMONY CLUB MEETING A valentine program featured m e e t i n g of the H a r " lea hour wili be from art pieces, I I Life in New York's artist colony i f is not especially thrilling, accord-'." 1 ^S 1 . ing to Mrs. Klein, who no l o n g e r ] . Flft - v Cables will be available for has any illusions concerning srt- ; a11 sfj '"^ °'- ganies. Guests are : asked to bring their own dom- School, met last n i g h t Colby's with Elizabeth hostess. R e a d i n g of original work . Mrs. John Hae Enslcy e co-1 at A n n ! Mrs. A l m y r Clemmer, Lee as ! leader, spoke on V a l e n t i n | and the f o l l o w i n g musical I bers were Riven: A vocal snlo. : a n c l i " T h c Sweetest Story F,vcr ·: inoe=, cards or other games. Table! informal criticism made up t h e - by Mrs. F r a n k l i n : prizes of narcissus bulbs, rose] program. George Ewing had · mental tnnnber, "Sweetheart?;," u w i c ;n

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 16 Feb 1940, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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