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Trio

Lucienne Day (1917-30/1/2010)

1954

T.2001.17

Title Trio
Object type Fabric Sample
Place of origin England, UK
Date 1954
Artist/maker Lucienne Day (1917-30/1/2010)
Material Cotton
Techniques Printing; Roller Printing
Marks and
Inscriptions
Label attached: "Heal's Wholesale and Export Ltd No 841, Width 48" Selvedge printed: "Trio designed by Lucienne Day"
Dimensions h:655 w:625 mm
Accession Lot Day, Lucienne (gift, 4/2001)
Accession number T.2001.17
Description Sample length of screenprinted cotton, with horizontal striped ground and three groups of abstract floral motifs, in lime green and black on white.

People's Choice: T.2001.17

This playful pattern is characteristic of Lucienne Day’s skillful use of a limited colour palette and it was among the designer’s own favourites of her work.

People's Choice: T.2001.17

This playful pattern is characteristic of Lucienne Day’s skillful use of a limited colour palette and it was among the designer’s own favourites of her work.

Lucienne Day image copyright

Image copyright The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. Requests for permission to use this image or for provision of a higher resolution image should be addressed to enquiries@robinandluciennedayfoundation.org.

Lucienne Day (1917-30/1/2010)

Lucienne Day, who trained at the Royal College of Art from 1937 to 1940, became one of the most sought-after pattern designers in the 1950s. She produced textile designs for both British and international firms, including Heal Fabrics, British Celanese, Edinburgh Weavers, Cavendish Textiles and Liberty and Mölnlycke, and wallpaper designs for firms such as Cole & Son, the WPM and Rasch. She was associated with some of these companies into the 1970s. In the early 1950s, Day pioneered patterning plant forms in a delicate, spidery style, but as the 1950s drew to a close, her patterns became more architecturally aware. The innovative patterns that Day produced for Heal Fabrics in the 1950s also demonstrate her interest in the works of contemporary painters such as Miró and Paul Klee, and contemporary sculptors such as Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti. These patterns are characterised by bold use of colour, playful imagery and a rhythmic quality.