Marushka Handprints

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It Just Gets Better

It was the summer of love (in Grand Haven) when the late Richard Sweet quit his teaching job in 1971 to found Marüshka; maker of original art, hand printed on textile, framed, and ready to hang. The simple and affordable prints depicted the landscape and wildlife seen along waterways and shorelines.

As the business grew, Marüshka had more than 3,000 distributors and four factory outlet stores. At its height, Marüshka was known throughout the United States and its prints were distributed in several foreign countries, including Australia.

Adjusting to changes in market demand, Richard Sweet partnered with Randy Smith to start The Michigan Rag Company, which produced an extensive line of silk-screened apparel and accessories.

Although the last Marüshka art prints were produced in 1989, they are now collectible – appraised by Sotheby’s and auctioned on eBay. The popularity of the retro prints inspired the iconic Marüshka brand’s rebirth and the continuation of hand printed craft.

Randy Smith, now the sole owner of Marüshka, retains an extensive archive of more than 3,000 original designs and is proud to keep the craft of hand printing alive and well.

“Clothing with a sense of humor,” is how Randy describes their designs. “People of all ages are delighted!”