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Mrs.EliotBooks and Lucienne Day

Tuesday, 6 May 2008 by Irene Hoofs

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For Bloesem's World Tour I asked several great bloggers to tell us a bit more about their favorite designer/artist from their neighborhood or country and Francesca (aka Birdie) choose to tell us a bit more about the extremely talented and influential Lucienne Day...
"I think I can trace my love of pattern to an exhibition I saw at the Barbican, seven or eight years ago featuring the work of Lucienne Day, the British designer known for her dynamic abstract textiles that brought modern design to 1950s kitchens.

I love the bold choices she made with her colours and designs in a time when people were so used to florals, and the design houses were underestimating the need for change, not wanting to take risks. But she kept her faith in modern art and you can really see evidence of Miro and Calder in her work. Here is a woman who stuck to her guns and constantly pushed the boundaries to move with the times.
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When I was looking at some images of her work, I came across this pattern, ‘Magnetic’ which instantly reminded me of my ‘loop’ pattern that I use on my blog header. And although the inspiration for this pattern came from such a different place, I can’t help wondering if I’d seen it before.
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Today you can buy Lucienne Day on tea towels and Converse and if you have a little windfall, the Centre For Advanced Textiles in Glasgow digitally reprints 20th century design classics."
{Thank you so much Francesca}

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