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Furnishing fabric - Gemstones

Gemstones

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Milton Keynes (designed)

  • Date:

    1971 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (designer)
    Warner and Sons (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.359A-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of screen-printed cotton in purple and with a pattern of green and yellow faceted gemstones and pink roses.

Place of Origin

Milton Keynes (designed)

Date

1971 (designed)

Artist/maker

Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (designer)
Warner and Sons (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed cotton

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/1444. One of two fabrics T.359-1990.
It is the same as T.953-2000 but in a different colour scheme.

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric of screen-printed cotton 'Gemstones', designed by Eddie Squires for Warner and Sons, Milton Keynes, 1971

Labels and date

Gemstones
Sample of screen-printed cotton furnishing fabric
Designed by Eddie Squires for Warner and Sons Ltd
British, 1971

Initially put together as a collage of cut jewels taken from books on minerals and gemstones, the whole design eventually resembled the profile of a twentieth century steel and glass city floating through space on grassy hillocks.

A jacket displayed on the opposite wall uses Gemstones to great effect.

Eddie believed in acknowledging the designer's name and the title of the fabric on the selvedge of original textile designs and he also advocated lively discussion between the Designer and the Buyer at events such as Trade Fairs - he wanted to remind the Buyer of the human personality and complex artistic process behind the creation of specific textiles.

In 1971 Eddie Squires took over as chief designer at Warner and Sons and Gemstones was put into hand on the 21 April that year. The design required nine flat bed screens and can be read on two levels: it is a close-up depiction of the play of light on the crystalline surfaces of cut glass and jewels and with upright forms composed of separate gems it echoes the hard-edged, soaring architecture of modern cities such as Manhattan. Initially put together as a collage of jewels from books on minerals and gemstones, the whole resembles the silhouette of a twentieth century steel and glass city floating through space.

In the case of Gemstones, part of the Minerals Collection, the fabric only reached prototype stage and was never stocked. Although the repeat pattern is large, it is effective as a series of isolated motifs on this jacket.

T.359A-1990 [09/07/2001]

Materials

Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Screen-printed

Subjects depicted

Roses

Categories

Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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