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

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    united kingdom

  • Date:

    1958-1964

  • 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:

    E.701-2016

  • 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 leaves of grey, brown, green, red and orange with stylised detail in white or black. The leaves are on a pale green background decorated with dark green stems with white flowers.
The design has been mounted on grey card.

Place of Origin

united kingdom

Date

1958-1964

Artist/maker

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

104B
On back

534
On back

Vivien Shaw
88A Kirkmansholme Lane
Longsight
Manchester 12
On back

Dimensions

Height: 46.5 cm, Width: 39.5 cm

Object history note

'Avalon’ (this design) and ‘Parnassus’ (E.702-2016) were advertised in House and Garden in February 1955. In this advertisement ‘Parnassus’ was described as “Simplicity of design in white, grey and black on vibrant ground shades” and ‘Avalon’ as “A bold stylised lead design in subtly blended shades”. These are both also advertised as being printed on Grafton’s new ‘Home-craft all cotton texture fabric with guaranteed fast colours’.

Descriptive line

Vivien Shaw; Design for textile, 1958-1964

Materials

PAINT; Paper; Card; Material; Paint

Techniques

Painted; Glued

Categories

Designs; Household objects; Textiles

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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