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Flying in Blue

Hanging
1985 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the mid-1970s, Lucienne Day began designing 'Silk Mosaics'. She enjoyed the design challenge of working within strictly defined parameters (the silk sections always based on a 1cm square) and the use of colour contrast. The designs were made up by a small team of skilled seamstresses. Although reminiscent of some of her geometric repeating patterns for textiles of the 1960s such as ‘Causeway’, the silk mosaics were one-off works of art, designed to hang on the wall. Because of her knowledge and experience of interiors, many were made for specific sites however, such as ‘Aspects of the Sun’, an ambitious work for John Lewis department store in Kingston-upon-Thames.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Squares and strips of silk sewn in the manner of patchwork.
Brief Description
'Flying in Blue', silk mosaic (wall hanging), Lucienne Day, 1985
Physical Description
Wall hanging composed of silk squares and strips. Four black and grey forms on a background of (from the bottom) green, blue, mauve and yellow. Six colours in total including three of shot silk. The sections of black are composed of three different types of black silk: plain weave, wild silk and grosgrain to emphasise the geometric make-up of the piece.
Dimensions
  • Height: 121.5cm
  • Width: 56.5cm
  • Height: 1cm (Note: Each strip of fabric is approx. 1cm in height)
Summary
In the mid-1970s, Lucienne Day began designing 'Silk Mosaics'. She enjoyed the design challenge of working within strictly defined parameters (the silk sections always based on a 1cm square) and the use of colour contrast. The designs were made up by a small team of skilled seamstresses. Although reminiscent of some of her geometric repeating patterns for textiles of the 1960s such as ‘Causeway’, the silk mosaics were one-off works of art, designed to hang on the wall. Because of her knowledge and experience of interiors, many were made for specific sites however, such as ‘Aspects of the Sun’, an ambitious work for John Lewis department store in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Collection
Accession Number
T.229-1985

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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