It can not be denied that British textile design is world-class. It has for a long time now been one of our best exports.
Here’s 5 of the people who have made it that way and what makes their work special.
An iconic designer and architect, from Glasgow, Mackintosh sought to unite natural forms, especially those deriving from plants and flowers. He was also fascinated by Japanese culture. The delicate harmony of Japanese art-forms is reflected in much of his work.
The grand-daddy of British textile arts, Morris bought UK home design to international prominence in the Victorian era. He has a fascination with medieval tapestry and this influence is apparent in the opulence and richness of his work.
A lover of nature and vibrant colour and a lifelong fan of Matisse, Susan Collier disliked overly organised design and wanted her prints to look painterly, with the brush marks plain to see. Life practically pulses through her pieces and the sheer vitality of her work is what set her apart from the rest.
A huge commercial success, Cath Kidston turns over £50 million a year and is perhaps the most recognised British textile designer of all time. She had humble beginnings though – she started off trawling car boot sales and selling on the vintage furniture she found. She puts the success of her designs down the the fact that ‘they cheer people up’.
The energy and dynamism of Day’s prints propelled her to international fame. She was truly inventive when it came to design and an effortless spontaneity shines through her creations. Her boldness with colour and love of contrasts captured the public’s post-war optimism and their desire to leave the dreary bad old days behind.
If you enjoyed this blog take a look at our posts of other artists who have inspired us. Thanks for reading!