Designing Women – exhibition visit

I went last month to a really nice exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. Designing Women, Post-War British Textiles, showcased work by 6 wonderful designers working in post-war Britain.

Their work shows the radical changes which took place in design in this period, with bold geometric and abstract forms and an embracing of a new, modern look. While much of their work looks ‘retro’ to us, I think it has an energy and freshness that still feels relevant today, and will always be exciting.

The most famous of the group is probably Lucienne Day. Many of her designs are now classics, and you can see them all over the place these days. The other designers featured in the show were Jacqueline Groag, Marian Mahler, Paule Vezelay, Mary White and Mary Warren.

Here are a few pictures I took at the show – all on my phone, so the quality isn’t amazing, but the work looks pretty good still!

Designing Women

View of the main gallery

Lucienne Day

Marian Mahler

Mary Warren

Mary White

Another view of the exhibition – the museum is a great space.

Oops can’t remember who this one is. If you know, comment below!

Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day

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Patterns 1

This is a selection of my work, mainly in response to briefs from the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course.

By the way, if you want to know more about the course you can read all about it here

These first three are self-initiated work with a 50s feel and a strong colour scheme with summery shades and acid brights.

50s inspired organic shapes

Some more alien life-forms with an acid-bright colour scheme

A third pattern from the collection