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Furnishing fabric - Avis

Avis

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Carlisle (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dorn, Marion, born 1899 - died 1964 (designer)
    Edinburgh Weavers (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-woven cotton, rayon and spun rayon

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.319C-1939

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cotton and rayon furnishing fabric called 'Avis' was designed by Marion Dorn (1896-1964) for Edinburgh Weavers about 1939. The pattern is made up of tesselating birds in flight.

Marion Dorn came to England from San Francisco in the early 1920s. By the mid 1930s she was acclaimed as a leading freelance textile designer. She carried out commissions for the London hotels Claridge's and the Savoy, and for the ships Orion and the Queen Mary. In 1934 Dorn established her own firm in Bond Street. Her career was less successful after she returned to America in 1940.

Edinburgh Weavers was set up in 1929 as the experimental design and marketing unit of the firm Morton Sundour Fabrics. It merged with the main weaving factory in 1930. Successfully directed by Alastair Morton, who had trained as an architect, painter and weaver, the firm was known for its avant-garde artist-designed woven textiles.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of machine-woven cotton, rayon and spun rayon. With a repeat of schematic birds in flight in blue and white on a green ground.

Place of Origin

Carlisle (made)

Date

ca. 1939 (made)

Artist/maker

Dorn, Marion, born 1899 - died 1964 (designer)
Edinburgh Weavers (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-woven cotton, rayon and spun rayon

Dimensions

Length: 45.5 cm, Width: 43 cm

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Avis' of machine-woven cotton, rayon and spun rayon, designed by Marion Dorn for Edinburgh Weavers, Carlisle, ca. 1939

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 108.

Materials

Rayon; Cotton

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Interiors; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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