To Bermondsey Street and the Fashion and Textile Museum to see this exhibition of textiles designed by artists from Picasso to Warhol.
The textiles on show were all familiar to me from the book Artists’ Textiles 1940 -1976 by Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain and Annamarie Stapleton. It was good to see them in reality as scale, in particular is difficult to judge from photographs. The lighting and spaces meant that some pieces were difficult to photograph successfully, I am putting up just a few here from a quite extensive exhibition. Some of the fabrics are made up into dresses.
Bermondsey Street is a mixture of historic old London dynamic new London.
Scarf of Tennis Players by Raoul Dufy – above
Silk scarf by Grahem Sutherland – below
Linen furnishing fabric, a block printed design by Ben Nicholson 1933.
A design by John Piper for furnishing fabric.
Furnishing linen designed by Louis Le Brocquy 1954.
A cotton boarder print by Andy Wahol c 1955.
This is instantly recognisable as by Picasso – it’s one of several of his textile designs on show here.
An exuberant design on the theme of the circus created by Alexander Calder in 1976 not long before he died.