I wish I could get myself to Designing Women: Post-war British textiles at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, featuring the work of Lucienne Day (1917–2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903–86) and Marian Mahler (1911– 83). Day wanted to be a painter, but decided that expressing her designs in a fabric form would allow them to be used and viewed in everyday homes, and thus have a greater impact. Her patterns were reimagined British flora and natural forms, resulting in bold, graphic abstractionism akin to Kandinsky. They are associated with the resurgence of Britain’s industry and design culture post WWII, and reflect the optimism of the period. You can still buy Day’s designs at Classic Textiles. HF.
Images, from top: Marian Mahler, Lucienne Day, Mary White, Lucienne Day, Lucienne Day.