Long May She Wave

07/04/2018

The American Flag is so recognizable that you know it immediately and might even think of it whenever you see the color-combination red, white and blue. But, what you might not know is that designer, Kit Hinrichs, principal of Studio Hinrichs, owns one of the largest collections of American Flag Art in the world.

His collection spans 200 years of artistic interpretation and innovation from patriotic banners and folk-art curiosities, to modern artistic masterworks. Many of the items in his collection are one-of-a-kind objects created over the past centuries by citizens of the United States. Portions of this collection can be seen in the two books Hinrichs published with Delphine Hirasuna, Long May She Wave and 100 American Flags. We, at Sappi, are proud to have played a small role in an exciting upcoming exhibition—The Flag on Paper—which includes Stars & Stripes Ephemera from Hinrichs’ Stars and Stripes Foundation. The exhibition opened on June 14th—yep, Flag Day—at the San Francisco Center for the Book and runs through September 30th, 2018.

Curated by Hinrichs from his collection of American Flag memorabilia, this free exhibition includes political collectables, fine art, sheet music, propaganda posters, philatelica and packaging from the Civil War through the present. Hinrichs has more than 5,000 Stars and Stripes artifacts in his collection which are included in this retrospective, and are also used to curate new shows or add to exhibitions that celebrate the Stars and Stripes within our culture. 

We’re excited about the catalogue Hinrichs designed for this exhibition—printed on Sappi McCoy—which may be purchased from the San Francisco Center for the Book here

So, it seems fitting on this day and because of this exhibition to salute the flag—does that make sense?

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