Marushka prints came from GH?

Isabel of Spring Lake asked, "My mother used to have some of those Marushka prints hanging around the house in the '70s and '80s. I recently saw some in a garage sale and was told they were made in Grand Haven. Is that true?"
Mark Brooky
Jun 21, 2013

 

ANSWER:

Yes, and they still are!

Marushka Prints is tied to Michigan Rag Co. in downtown Grand Haven. The company's owner, Randy Smith, was a student of Richard Sweet when Sweet left his art teacher job in Grand Haven to found Marushka in 1971.

According to reports, nearly 1.7 million of the handmade, silkscreen Marushka prints were sold between
1974 and 1989. The demand for the prints waned in the late 1980s, so Smith and Sweet opened the Michigan Rag Co.

The downtown storefront silkscreen operation closed in 2001 and Sweet died in 2007.

Marushka prints are now put on a line of clothing available at the Michigan Rag store and online (marushkahandprints.com).

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Comments

watchingyou

Most definitely. At Columbus and First st. is what is left of the Marushka factory. The printing tables were in the upper floor until the remodel.

Mick

Marushka used to be a fun place to visit. You could watch them print shirts, screens right by the front window or door. There were always plenty of seconds to buy at a good price, too. If you owned a Marushka, everyone knew where you bought it.

newsblogger

I had a giraffe Marushka print in my first apartment!

christopher

Are you sure @watchingyou ? I thought at one time part of their operation was on Park near the old GH high school. Also, I remember their outlet on West Spring Lake Road. In fact, I just found the Sweet obituary at: http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/...

Apparently the Park Street location is the one that is currently being used as Grand Haven Garden House's landscape division.

In any case, let me know if you have any vintage Marushka's you want to sell. Expecially those of a nautical nature or those with an Internet / Computer theme.

 

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