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Poster, Herman Miller Summer Picnic, 1989, 1989

This is a Poster. It was made for (as the client) Herman Miller, Inc.. It is dated 1989 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is screenprint with lacquer finish on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Graphic designer Stephen Frykholm began printing in silk-screen when working in the Peace Corps in Nigeria, where he taught at an all-girls trade school. The process involved few and inexpensive materials. To create a print, the artist cut a stencil whose negative space will represent one color in the final work. The stencil is attached to a gauze textile (a silk screen or mesh) stretched onto a frame. The artist spreads ink across the textile and uses a blade, or squeegee, to force the ink through the screen and onto the paper. When Frykholm returned to the US in 1967, he continued studying the process at Cranbrook Academy of Arts. In 1970, Herman Miller hired him as its first in-house graphic designer, and asked him to design a poster for the annual company picnic. He would go on to design twenty Summer Picnic posters, his last being “Peach Sundae,” in 1989. Freshly sliced peaches are shown against a white cream background with a detail of two scoops of ice cream about to melt. In this series, the silk screening process resulted in bold, vibrant colors with large blocks of color and playful shapes—perfect for a day of summer fun.

It is credited Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

Its dimensions are

100.3 x 63.4 cm (39 1/2 x 24 15/16 in.)

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Poster, Herman Miller Summer Picnic, 1989, 1989; Client: Herman Miller Furniture Company (United States); USA; screenprint with lacquer finish on wove paper; 100.3 x 63.4 cm (39 1/2 x 24 15/16 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-81

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