I remember an art lesson in primary school and being shown a piece of Clarice Cliff’s work. I thought ‘what on earth is that!?’
It was so unusual, no people, block colours and I thought to myself how is that art? I didn’t like it at first but going on to secondary school I ended up doing my GCSE textiles project based on Cliff’s work. It was the first time I’d been inspired by something ‘old’. 10 years later and I love everything ‘old’, or should I say Vintage.
This post is a celebration of some female designers whose work I admire .
10 years ago I attended the ‘Age of Jazz‘ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and that’s where I just totally fell in love with Cliff’s work.
Clarice was born in 1898 and became one of the biggest Art Deco ceramic stars. She became and apprentice potter and ended up as Art Director. When I think of her work I immediately picture teapots, trees and primary colours. Along with her contemporaries such as Susie Cooper; I love how these women became design stars in such a male dominated industry.
It’s my dream to one day own an original piece. (picture from Pinterest, URL linked)
Lucienne is a British textile designers born in 1917. She’s famed for her bright, organic and abstract patterns similar to the likes of Kandinsky or Miro.
Her breakthrough print was this above – the Calyx – created for the Festival of Britain in 1951. (picture source from Pinterest, URL attached).
I just think it’s so bold and I know this was a textile pattern but I would totally have this as wallpaper in my house.
Celia was born in 1941 and is a British textile designer . She’s most well-known for her romantic yet bold style taking influences from artists such as Picasso and Matisse. She was born in Bury (yay, a northerner) and in 1959 she met Ossie Clark in a cafe in Manchester and went on to marry him. Vintage marriage in heaven in my opinion!
The couple collaborated in 1966 creating a collection for the Quorum boutique in London. I just love the prints and again, to own a dress would be on my vintage fashion bucket list. (I’ve got a Mary Quant so far…!)
(Picture from Pinterest, URL attached)
Bridget was born in 1931 in London and is most well-known for her 60’s work creating optical art.
In the early 60’s her work was predominately black and white geometric patterns, which played on the eye and she later moved into colour.
During my A-Levels, my friend and I got completely obsessed with 60s art work – Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, Warhol, Lichtenstein etc. We visited an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool called Summer of Love and I just fell in love with everything 60’s. (Picture from Pinteret, URL attached)
There are many others I could write about – Tamara De Lempicka, Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston, Vivienne Westwood, Florence Knoll or Coco Chanel but the above have inspired me and influenced what I buy and think.
Let me know your favourite female designers.