In Conversation with Elena Sarni: Trailblazing Women Printmakers

  • November 8, 2023 6:00 PM
  • Old York Historical Society

    3 Lindsay Road
    York, Maine 03909
Ticket Price $10.00-$36.92 This event is now over

Elena Sarni, author of Trailblazing Women Printmakers: Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios and the Folly Cove Designers (2023), comes to Old York for a brief presentation and conversation, followed by a reception and book signing. 

The Folly Cove Designers (officially 1941–1969) was a grassroots collective of predominantly women block printers founded by beloved children's book author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios. This trailblazing Gloucester, Massachusetts-based group produced more than three hundred distinct designs, which they block printed on fabric. The designs conveyed personal and regional narratives through the use of shared design principles and the compelling language of pattern. The group was propelled to international fame through commercial contracts with major retailers such as F. Schumacher and Lord & Taylor, articles in leading periodicals such as Life, and participation in seminal fine craft exhibitions.

As the first comprehensive history of the Folly Cove Designers, Trailblazing Women Printmakers documents and celebrates the group's tremendous success and the incredible artistry of its members. 

Elena M. Sarni is a humanities-based scholar, writer, and curator. She holds a BA in English and an MA in History and Museum Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Maine with her beloved cat Leland.

Date & Time

Wed, Nov 8, 2023 6:00 PM

Venue Details

Old York Historical Society

3 Lindsay Road
York, Maine 03909 Old York Historical Society
Old York Historical Society

Old York cares for 16 buildings, 20 properties, more than 20,000 artifacts, 50,000 archival objects in the library, and serves thousands of people annually through tours, educational programs, exhibitions, and special events.