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Lived: 1911 - present
Type: Papercuttings, Silhouettes

Elkhart IN 46514
USA

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Martha Jolliff Kreigbaum
Martha Jolliff Kreigbaum

Martha Kreigbaum, born in 1911, married Charles Kreigbaum, a grocer, in 1937. She has three daughters, Marty Jones, Janet Perkins, and Kay Klien. She loves painting and cutting silhouettes. She has always considered cutting silhouettes as a sideline.

Although they were a sideline, the silhouettes were a hit with the public. "Elkhart girl makes a hit with scissors," read a 1930 Elkhart Truth headline concerning the then Martha Jolliff, who was cutting silhouettes at the H. Lieber art supplies store in Indianapolis.

Silhouette
Silhouette
Paper Cutting
Paper Cutting

For several months in 1933 and 1934, The Truth published a "Guess Who?" silhouette by Jolliff on Page 1 every day featuring someone well known in the community.

But painting was number one. After graduating from Elkhart High School in 1929 whe studied for a year at the John Herman School of Art in Indianapolis.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait
Profile of a Girl
Profile of a Girl

In 1931 she studied under Flemish artist Emil Jacques, then head of the art department at the University of Notre Dame.

Later, she painted and studied with such well known local artists as Harriet Monteith, Kathryn Barnhart, and Frances Pestow.

Profile of a Girl
Profile of a Girl
Paper Dolls
Paper Dolls

Here are some paper dolls she made in the 1930 for little girls to play with.

Note: This article is an excerp from a news article written by Arden Erickson in 1999 in The Truth newspaper.

Newspaper Article, April 25, 1999
Newspaper Article, April 25, 1999

 

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