ruth 1Ruth Adler Schnee was born on May 13, 1923. Her parents are Marie and Joseph Adler. Ruth was German born and she emigrated to the United States after Nazi attacks  in 1939. As a child she had drawing lessons by Paul Klee, a family friends which influenced her art and her career. While in the US she studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts. In 1946 Ruth completed her  masters degree in architectural design.  She married Edward Schnee, a Yale graduate in economics. Together they raised three children.

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In 1947 she opened her design studio located in Detroit. A year later Ruth and her husband created Adler-Schnee. With this company they would hand screen print her designs. Ruth created drapes for a contest and a car dealership saw them and wanted her to make some. She gladly accepted and made them some drapes for the dealership. She creates magnificent hand printed fabrics and textiles.  Most of her work is inspired by her everyday life and things around her.

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Pins and Needles

This piece was inspired by her sewing basket.

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Country Fair

Inspired by the Mexican Mercados she saw on her trip to Mexico.

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1950, Plain weave and screen printed

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Late 1940’s, Linen, plain weave, screen printed

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1953, Linen, Plain weave, screen printed

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Slits and Slats

1947, Linen, Plain weave, screen printed

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Ruth also creates textiles for furniture on Anzea, the fabric ranges from $41-66 per yard

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Fission Chips in Sunrise $39 per yard

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Ruth Adler Schnee has done many projects and beautiful textiles throughout her career. She is very inspirational!