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Calyx

Lucienne Day (1917-30/1/2010)

1951

T.10574.1

Title Calyx
Object type Furnishing Length
Place of origin London, England, UK
Date 1951
Artist/maker Lucienne Day (1917-30/1/2010)
Material Linen
Techniques Screen Printing
Dimensions h:1375 w:1220 mm
Accession Lot Heal Fabrics Ltd (gift, 1961)
Accession number T.10574.1
Description Olive colourway

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 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.