Here in the studio I have been preparing to print our summer 2013 textile collection. In light of all that is going on in the studio it seems only fitting to do a ‘HAIL’ to Lucienne Day - a British Mid-Century Modern textile designer that continues to inspire me.
Lucienne and Robin Day - a power design couple, post-war era - were often compared to their American contemporaries Ray and Charles Eames. On a personal note I must add - it’s incredibly inspiring to see successful creative couples that work well together. Husband and I couldn’t be more different and I think two of me - the artsy, passionate, driven sort - in a relationship can be one to many. Though, having said that, when it’s meant to be - well - it’s meant to be!
Lucienne Day trained at the Royal College of Art, London, England where she specialized in Printed Textiles, graduating in 1940. Day’s revolutionary abstract patterns were inspired by plant forms and grew from a love for modern art. The designer was particularly influenced by the paintings of Joan Miró and Paul Klee. She became known through the Festival of Britain in 1951, where she showcased her abstract-patterned textiles and wallpaper along side her husband, Robin’s, furniture designs.
Sought after by various textile and manufacturing companies the designer produced many full-width repeats for fabric as well as designs for specialized products such as carpets, linens and ceramics.
With Lucienne Day’s repeat pattern prints being on my mind over the last month it needs to be said, "For anyone who loves Mid-Century Modern design or just really neat fabrics, her work should REALLY be looked into further."“Visually stimulating, but not over-insistent, her patterns are sophisticated and multi-layered, with cleverly balanced assertive and recessive elements, thereby working both from a distance and close up.” designmuseum.org