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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

Grid design, green and orange/brown squared containing stylised liner floral inspired patters, these are all outlined with white on a grey background. black lines divide up squares of colour with crosses and circles where the lines intersect.
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

Production Note

‘Parnassus’ (this design) and ‘Avalon’ (E.701-2016) 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’.


PAINT; Paper; Card; Material; Paint


Painted; Glued


Designs; Household objects; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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