Artists Textiles

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Seems a while ago now since I went to see this exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in South London. I shared the day with the 3 girls I used to share a studio with, 2 of whom are surface pattern designers,so we were all keen to see what was on display……we were not disappointed! And photography was allowed…Hurrah.

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Delightful headscarves from Marcel Vertes in 1945 were so vibrant…

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Salvador Dali,s hand was unmistakeable here…

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Some textiles were on display in their intended use as fashion garments,amongst them these gorgeous Horrockses dresses from 1940/50s

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……when curves were celebrated!…..

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Enter Picasso…..of course!

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This reminded me of some vintage china I found recently…..

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…..called Matador,made by Broadhurst in England so I don’t think Mr P was involved, but a girl can dream….

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Andy Warhol
The following 2 designs are from Zandra Rhodes who set up the Fashion and Textile Museum herself.

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This design put me in mind of the opening credits of Mad Men. Can’t quite imagine Don Draper holding a bunch of balloons though!

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This was one of Zandras designs for her degree show in 1964.

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I loved this vibrant print from John Rombola. It dates from the 60s but it’s so similar in colour and playfulness to some of Ikea’s fabrics available today….

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……such as this little beauty I bought recently…..it’s going to be a skirt….before you ask!
To finish here are a couple of detail images from my favourite Circus by John Rombola. The exhibition runs until May 17th so see it if you can.

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…..and if you do get to visit,when you leave the building in Bermondsey St, look up and you will be treated to this lovely mash up of architecture…..

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16 responses »

  1. I wonder if I can clear my calendar, find the money, and book a quick trip to see this! Oh my, this looks like the most WONDERFUL exhibit–the variety and cleverness and it’s all done in textiles! I’m a bit overcome . . . šŸ˜‰

  2. I am mad for vintage print fabrics and these are all marvellous. Thank you for posting such a great array of photos! And I absolutely love your Matador china.
    Print heaven!

    • Ha ha. A kindred spirit! China was a real find,hand enamelled 22 carot gold edge, stamped on the back. I managed to get 6 of each size plate…. All for Ā£8!!! Shame I couldn’t buy any of the fabrics eh?

      • and now I’m well jell (though I’m not orange)what an amazing find.
        Definitely a kindred spirit. Quirky, decorated china and vintage prints are my ultimate weakness.

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