This portion of the Warshaw Collection remains unprocessed. At this time, there is no finding aid available. Researchers interested in these materials should consult the survey forms for the collection. Questions should be directed to the reference archivist or collection specialist.
Christmas series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box ##, folder ###, digital file number ####
Ed Rossbach, born Chicago, IL 1914-died Berkely, CA 2002
synthetic ribbon, plastic found objects, macrame
7 1/2 x 11 x 9 in. (19.1 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico
In the mid-1960s, Ed Rossbach took some time away from weaving wall hangings to explore different "off-loom" fiber projects. He tried coiling baskets, wrapping lampshade frames in raffia, and even macramé. Christmas Basket was woven from gift-wrap ribbon and incorporates plastic holly berries and leaves as well as cloth poinsettia petals.
"I like to do things that are absolutely technically perfect and I like to do things that look as though a child made them." Ed Rossbach, quoted in 40 Years of Exploration…, 1990
Medium: cotton, rayon on paper; graph paper, ink on paper Technique: plain weave, adhesive
New York, USA
Research in Progress
Textile sample, graph paper on perforated paper. At left, graph paper with handwritten illustration of weaving sequence; printed text: Christmas Wreath / Rene Howe. At right, plain weave textile with yellow, white and cream pattern of wreaths and squares.
Sculpted sandstone Christmas tree with raised texture added by an intaglio pattern spanning the entire piece. The tree is painted green and decorated with ornaments to imitate the perennial holiday symbol.
Known as Mr. Imagination, he was born Gregory Warmack in 1948. Raised in Chicago by a large religious family many of his earliest commissions came from his church. As a child he made earrings, decorative pins, woodcarvings, and hats that he sold on the street. In 1978, Warmack had a near death experience where he was shot at point blank range while being mugged. He claims to have had an out of body experience that sent him back in time to observe ancient civilizations. This episode encouraged him to make a lifelong commitment to creating regenerative art that heals. Warmack began referring to himself as "Mr. Imagination" around 1980 to highlight his charismatic artistic alter ego. His work explores self-identity, immortality, and pride in Black culture. With no formal training his signature use of sandstone and elaborate bottle cap creations have ushered Warmack into international success.
(Label on back, stamped and inscribed:) Library of Congress / Copy Received / Copyright Entry Oct. 4, 1884 / Class XXc. No. 19985 / Copy B Delivered to Prints Division / Beard, J.H. / Christmas Offerings.