Ric the Airedale
Lea Stein Paris
Signed “LEA STEIN PARIS” on the original v-shaped pinback.
So the story...
Ric, the Airedale, by Lea Stein Paris is a very collectible guy. In the 60s, Lea and her husband, a chemist, worked together to create a unique laminated cellulose acetate. This material could be layered with varying textures and Lea Stein played with lots of colors, interesting textures and patterns in her layered pieces. Each one is unique.
I started collecting Ric and Kimdoo shortly after Agatha, my Norwich Terrier, came into my life in 1994. Of course, I adored her and I have really happy memories of my grandpa and airedales in the 50s and 60s. So it was a match made in dog heaven! In the 50s and 60s my brother and I would play with resin, laminated plastic, sawing and polishing all kinds of shapes and sizes for who knows what! Clearly I have a long-running fascination with materials of that type. I was living in NYC when I discovered Lea Stein. There was a favorite vintage jewelry seller at the market on 64th and First every Saturday and the majority of my collection came from Paul. I went for the unusual patterns as you’ll see in the few I’ve listed here. I absolutely love the toss of shapes and colors.