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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Girton and Maud

 [Detail of Winchester hand-printed linen from Meg Andrews.]

Today's wow-factor linens were spotted over at dealer Meg Andrews's site. First, a 1930s hand-blocked and discharge-printed indigo, natural linen, panel from the Girton Curtains printed by the groundbreaking English team, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher. Their innovative take on classic flame stitch was called Winchester and installed in Girton College's Fell dining room. According to Andrews's article, it seems that the earthier, less formal look of hand-blocked linen initially raised eyebrows among a Girton committee overseeing the design commission given to Barron and Larcher. Andrews offers comprehensive background as well as images of the team's printing blocks here. (Learn more about Barron and Larcher and see extensive samples of their printed paper and fabric at the Crafts Study Center and at VADS.)

[Girton designed by Dorothy Larcher for the school commission. Image from Crafts Study Center archives.]

In case you passed by one of my more obscure links to Omega Workshops' circa 1913 linen, Maud, in the previous Bloomsbury post, check out Andrews's find here and related article here. V & A researchers weigh-in on the famous furnishing fabric here.

BTW:  Christopher Farr's new limited edition collection of rugs inspired by avant-garde early-20th-century designs by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry and other Omega Workshop members will be on view at the Los Angeles showroom, 748 N. La Cienega Blvd., October 22 through November 19, 2011. I'll post more on this in the next few weeks.

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