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inspired by . Shaker Drawings

I was recently at my Mom’s home and spotted a collection of old Antiques magazines she picked up from somewhere. Flipping through the December 1945 issue, I noticed the amazing graphic quality of these Shaker illustrations. The article, “Shaker Inspirational Drawings,” by Edward D. Andrews showcased the Shaker tradition of recording visions and spiritual experiences through drawings. These inspired drawings were deemed “gifts” from their spiritual parents who had gone before, and the collection included in the article offered a recurring theme of tree forms. Although the original illustrations were in color, they were, of course, printed in black and white. The contrast of these color-flattened images made them even more striking. Enjoy!

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