Ruby's Incredible Button Suit

In the morning I surf the web with a cup of coffee. Ann at Hill Country House  had an homage to the antiques show that is held in NYC to benefit the American Folk Art Museum.   I agree with Ann, it's one of the best museums to visit.  I loved it so much. 

The suit above was made by Ruby Ann Kittner of Clinton, Iowa somewhere between 1930 and 1940.   It is 66 inches all told.  Amazing.   Did Ruby know she was making folk art?   Why did she make this?  I wish I knew the STORY behind this creation.  But you get a little glimpse through her shy smile in the photograph with her husband.  Ruby knows that she has made something wonderful.  Her husband knows it, too.

This can be found at  Harvey Art and Antiques in the folk art section.    The original photograph of Ruby and her husband Jake wearing this suit is included with the suit.  What a great provenance! 

Ruby may not be with us in body any more, but her spirit lives on in this suit.   She shows us that what we make with our hands is sometimes more important than we know.     

What are you going to make today?

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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