26 Aug 2011

I heart Lucien Day

Textile designer Lucien Day makes me proud to be a British textile designer today.Her prolific career and imaginative, inventive and personal designs are an inspiration. If you're quick you can see a great collection of her work at the beautiful PM Gallery and House in Ealing, the exhibition shows work from her and her husband Robin Day's long careers in putting great British design on the map. The exhibition closes on the 4th of Sept, so be quick.

Towards the end of her career, Lucien stopped producing designs for printed textiles and tried out a new image making technique she called 'silk mosaics' using tiny squares of silk, tightly wrapped around cardboard and hand stitched together to create large, almost pixelated modern images. I have been lucky enough to sit and enjoy a coffee with some of these pieces, as they are hanging in the John Lewis Cafe in Kingston! A great reflection for the notoriety, popularity and accessibility of the Days work. Their connections with nature at the same time as industrial production, and total philosophy of good design are an inspiration and good blue print for any contemporary designer.

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