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Design - Textile Design
  • Textile Design
    Shaw, Vivien, born 1926 - died 2014
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Textile Design

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    united kingdom

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Shaw, Vivien, born 1926 - died 2014 (designer)
    F.W. Grafton & Co.

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted on paper, and then mounted on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Alex Dowse and Vicky Brooks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 193

Vivien Shaw (1926-2014, nee Marsh) was born in West Yorkshire and attended Huddersfield School of Art where she studied textile design. In about 1948 she moved to Manchester after getting a job with Grafton Furnishings (F W Grafton & Co Ltd-founded 1855) . She was offered positions in both dress and furnishing fabric design, but chose to work with curtains as she felt it gave her a larger and freer canvas to work with.

Grafton Furnishings specialised in roller-printed cottons and also manufactured good quality, brightly coloured furnishing fabrics for the high street. They designed fabric for both the traditional and modern ‘contemporary’ markets.

Physical description

Design with abstract triangles and rhombuses, in blue, green, organge and brown. The leaves are on a dark yellow background.
The design has been mounted on grey card.

Place of Origin

united kingdom




Shaw, Vivien, born 1926 - died 2014 (designer)
F.W. Grafton & Co.

Materials and Techniques

Painted on paper, and then mounted on card

Marks and inscriptions

On back

On back

Vivien Shaw
88A Kirkmansholme Lane
Manchester 12
On back


Height: 46.5 cm, Width: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Vivien Shaw; Design for textile, 1958-1964


Material; PAINT; Paper; Card; Paint


Painted; Glued


Designs; Household objects; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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