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White

Furnishing Fabric
1913 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Omega Workshops at 33 Fitzroy Square were founded in 1913 by the designer and painter Roger Fry (1866-1934). He brought together a group of artists to design furniture, pottery, glass, textiles and entire schemes of interior decoration. Their radically abstract style, typified by this textile, was far ahead of its time and was influenced by developments in contemporary painting.

In keeping with the painting tradition, Fry believed that designs should not be too mechanical and should show evidence of the artist's hand. The workshops produced six printed linens which were used by the most daring clients as dress fabrics. The printers are said to have used a secret process to 'preserve the freedom and spontaneity of the original drawing'. 'White' was possibly named after the suffragette Amber Blanco-White, who rented a room at the top of the building in Fitzroy Square. It was available in several colourways.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed linen
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric 'White' of printed linen, possibly designed by Vanessa Bell in England for Omega Workshops, made in Maromme, France, 1913
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of printed linen with a linear, striped and step pattern over colour patches. In orange, yellow and black on white.
Dimensions
  • Height: 210mm
  • Width: 417mm
Marks and Inscriptions
White 2/00576 (On the back)
Credit line
Given by Miss Margery Fry
Summary
The Omega Workshops at 33 Fitzroy Square were founded in 1913 by the designer and painter Roger Fry (1866-1934). He brought together a group of artists to design furniture, pottery, glass, textiles and entire schemes of interior decoration. Their radically abstract style, typified by this textile, was far ahead of its time and was influenced by developments in contemporary painting.



In keeping with the painting tradition, Fry believed that designs should not be too mechanical and should show evidence of the artist's hand. The workshops produced six printed linens which were used by the most daring clients as dress fabrics. The printers are said to have used a secret process to 'preserve the freedom and spontaneity of the original drawing'. 'White' was possibly named after the suffragette Amber Blanco-White, who rented a room at the top of the building in Fitzroy Square. It was available in several colourways.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, p. 123, cat. 36C
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.32-1956

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record createdFebruary 21, 2009
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