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Furnishing fabric - Composite


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1987 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Timney Fowler Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Discharge-printed cotton velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the makers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This textile has been discharge-printed, a process whereby a coloured fabric is printed with chlorine to bleach out specific areas in order to create a design. Timney Fowler chose to use this technique on a soft cotton velvet: the resulting effect suggests the diaphonous quality of an aquatint, with the disembodied motifs appearing to 'float' across the surface.

Entitled 'Composite', or 'Collage', the design belongs to the company's 'Neo Classical' range, which combined sober neo-classical motifs with a monochromatic palette. However, there is a playful element of the surreal about this design, seen in the juxtaposition of fragmentary architectural features such as corinthian columns, busts, friezes and capitals with more unusual forms, such as zebras and fish.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of discharge-printed cotton velvet.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1987 (printed)


Timney Fowler Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Discharge-printed cotton velvet

Object history note

Registered File number 1988/1469.

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Composite' of discharge-printed cotton velvet, made by Timney Fowler Ltd., Great Britain, printed in 1987

Production Note

Known both as 'Composite' and 'Collage'.


Cotton (textile)


Discharge-printed; Velvet weave




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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