The art of textile design in Postwar Britain
In the years immediately following World War II a new wave of industrial and commercial design swept away the remaining fragments of the 1930s and created an innovative and modern approach to living unprecedented in the UK.
At the visual forefront of this movement and noted for its accessibility was the textile designs of a group of women designers: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler. These distinctive printed textiles map out a brave new world of sophistication and optimism.
Beginning with Lucienne Day’s Calyx pattern of 1951, featured at the Festival of Britain and moving through the 1960s and into the 1970s, this exhibition will explore a unique British brand of modernism that influenced the world.
Over 100 works from the collection of Jill A Wiltse and H Kirk Brown will be on display