Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

Untitled (Woman Waiting: 2 Frames)

Untitled (Woman Waiting: 2 Frames)

Year: 1930-40s
Type: Drawing

Catalog #: SF_0389

Current Location:
Slobodkina Foundation

Dimensions:
7 1/2 x 9 3/4

Drawing of Woman waiting, 2 frames

Slobodkina’s education in dressmaking and millinery began during her childhood and later Harbin, Manchuria. She learned these trades from her mother, an accomplished seamstress, and worked as an assistant in her mother’s dress shop in Harbin. Demonstrating an innate flair for fashion, 12-year old Slobodkina was skilled at creating embroidery designs, and clients often sought her opinions on various styles and adornments. Slobodkina immigrated to the United States on a student visa, attending the National Academy of Design from 1928-1933. During these early years in New York City, Slobodkina used her dressmaking skills and unique vision to create a personal wardrobe that both reflected her individuality and stood apart from the department store fashions of the day. In addition to constructing dresses, jackets, hats, bags, and scarves, Slobodkina created a number of large wall-hangings made from swatches of fabric and found objects.