In order to become a member of the Folly Cove Designers, the candidate was required to complete one of Demetrios’ courses and to submit a design for approval by a jury composed of senior members. The designer would submit a sample on ink-coated cardboard. After getting approval from the jury, the artist would carve their design into a sheet of linoleum that was mounted on a piece of plywood. The artist would then coat the printing block with ink, place the block ink side down onto a piece of fabric, and then stamp on the block with their feet. The Folly Cove Designers did not switch to a manual press—the signature acorn press—until 1943. Anthony Iarrobino, a friend of Museum Textile Services, donated the acorn press on view at the Cape Ann Museum.
We are enthusiastic to begin cleaning and mounting these Folly Cove textiles. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on their treatment.