Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Britain's Mid-Century Female Designers

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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.

2007.05.3213_BLNP R2.2SG, 7/9/08, 3:10 PM, 16C, 4496x6639 (665+780), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R61.3, G39.0,...
2008.05.3285_BLNP R2.2SG, 7/9/08, 4:38 PM, 16C, 5414x7659 (243+265), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R61.3, G39.0,...
2006-05-2004_BLNP, 5/29/08, 6:08 PM, 16C, 5988x7420 (0+579), 100%, Better Push 6, 1/60 s, R59.4, G36.4,...
2005.05.2139, 7/30/08, 1:10 PM, 16C, 5912x7655 (48+214), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R60.5, G38.3,...
Fabric-BLNP R2.2SG_09, 6/27/08, 10:25 PM, 16C, 5970x7498 (28+342), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R61.7, G39.0,...
Marian Mahler. Image courtesy of the estate of Lotte Meitner-Graf.
Helix, 9/3/08, 4:38 PM, 16C, 5348x6436 (138+868), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R62.9, G40.5,...
Good Food_BLXP, 5/29/08, 1:43 PM, 16C, 5288x7145 (279+469), 100%, Better Push 6, 1/30 s, R65.9, G43.5,...
2007.05.3155, 8/27/08, 4:18 PM, 16C, 5984x6307 (14+982), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R59.9, G37.5,...
Cloth 3_BLLP, 5/2/08, 9:46 PM, 16C, 4870x7343 (262+551), 100%, Better Push 6, 1/40 s, R55.5, G35.3,...
Jack Sprat_BLXP, 5/29/08, 1:15 PM, 16C, 5236x7034 (262+504), 100%, Better Push 6, 1/30 s, R65.9, G43.5,...
High Noon, 7/22/08, 6:07 PM, 16C, 5834x7304 (0+520), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R62.1, G39.5,...
Lapis, 7/30/08, 1:26 PM, 16C, 5726x6123 (234+1317), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R60.5, G38.3,...
Calyx, (detail), 1951. Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heal Fabrics. Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection of...
2007.05.3177, 7/22/08, 6:46 PM, 16C, 5804x7456 (28+291), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R62.1, G39.5,...
Fabric-BLNP R2.2SG_01, 6/27/08, 8:53 PM, 16C, 5638x7974 (323+19), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R61.7, G39.0,...
Unlabelled Fabric 1, 7/30/08, 11:48 AM, 16C, 5736x5694 (204+1356), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R60.5, G38.3,...
Lucienne Day. Image courtesy Robin Day.
Paperdolls, 7/30/08, 1:02 PM, 16C, 5716x7089 (48+214), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R60.5, G38.3,...
Red Panel, 9/2/08, 5:35 PM, 16C, 5834x6303 (50+1020), 100%, Repro 2.2 SG, 1/40 s, R64.4, G42.0,...
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