WWI Dazzle Camouflage Prints at risd | works

WWI Dazzle Camouflage Prints at risd | works

Sarah Rainwater
Apr 2, 2010

Store History

  • Founded: 2001
  • Founded by: The Rhode Island School of Design
  • Headquarters: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Being nautical enthusiasts, we were taken with last year's exhibit at RISD's Fleet Library of the wildly graphic plans for dazzle camouflage, used on merchant ships to confuse German U-boats during World War I. This year the library has released an edition of 10 prints (5 starboards and 5 ports) from the collection, available at risd | works.

The plans were donated to RISD by alumnus Maurice L. Freedman, the district camoufleur in Florida during World War I and later a commercial artist who developed an early version of the game Battleship. The prints are 10 or 14 x 34-inches, printed on archival paper and cost $60 each or $110 for a set of two. They can be purchased online at www.risdworks.com.

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