Britain's Mid-Century Female Designers

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May 14, 2010

Of the iconic women designers working in the mid-20th century, the two most often recognized—and adored—are Ray Eames and Lucienne Day (the female halves of two of the best-known creative couples of the era). While Eames won our hearts with her inventive furniture designs, Day brought modernism to the masses via her woven textile designs. On Saturday, May 15, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, opens a new exhibit featuring the work of Day and two other mid-century British designers—Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groad—titled Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain. The show is on display through September 12 and here we present a slideshow of 20 textiles from the exhibition.

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  Untitled (Vases), (detail), ca. 1953. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Vases), (detail), ca. 1953. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Bird Chair), (detail), ca. 1953. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. The Collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Bird Chair), (detail), ca. 1953. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. The Collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Mobiles), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Mobiles), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Mobiles), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Mobiles), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Sails), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Sails), (detail) ca. 1952. Marian Mahler. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Marian Mahler. Image courtesy of the estate of Lotte Meitner-Graf. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.
    Marian Mahler. Image courtesy of the estate of Lotte Meitner-Graf. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.
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  Petal, (detail), 1971. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Petal, (detail), 1971. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Good Food Glass Towel, (detail), ca. 1961-1962. Lucienne Day. Manufacturer unknown. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Good Food Glass Towel, (detail), ca. 1961-1962. Lucienne Day. Manufacturer unknown. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Parkland, (detail), 1974. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Parkland, (detail), 1974. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Miscellany, (detail), 1952. Lucienne Day. Manufactored by British Celanese. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Miscellany, (detail), 1952. Lucienne Day. Manufactored by British Celanese. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Jack Sprat Glass Towel, (detail), ca. 1950s. Lucienne Day. Manufacturer unknown. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Jack Sprat Glass Towel, (detail), ca. 1950s. Lucienne Day. Manufacturer unknown. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  High Noon, (detail) 1965. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    High Noon, (detail) 1965. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Lapis, (detail), 1953. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Lapis, (detail), 1953. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Calyx, (detail), 1951. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Calyx, (detail), 1951. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Petal, (detail), 1971. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Petal, (detail), 1971. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Apollo, (detail), late 1950s. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Apollo, (detail), late 1950s. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Fall, (detail), 1952. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Edinburgh Weavers. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Fall, (detail), 1952. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Edinburgh Weavers. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Lucienne Day. Image courtesy Robin Day. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.
    Lucienne Day. Image courtesy Robin Day. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.
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  Paper Dolls, (detail), ca. 1967. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by Jonelle, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Paper Dolls, (detail), ca. 1967. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by Jonelle, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled, (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled, (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Traffic Lights), (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Traffic Lights), (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Untitled (Pebbles), (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
    Untitled (Pebbles), (detail), ca. 1952. Jacqueline Groag. Manufactured by David Whitehead, Ltd. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of British Textiles. On display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010, as part of the exhibit Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.
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  Jacqueline Groag. Image courtesy of The University of Brighton, Design Archives. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.
    Jacqueline Groag. Image courtesy of The University of Brighton, Design Archives. Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain is on display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, May 15-September 12, 2010.

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