TALK: Lucienne Day: The Right Line with Mary Schoeser


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Wednesday 20 May, 6:30pm  Bookings

Historian and author Mary Schoesler will introduce us to Lucienne Day who was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The art of textile design radically changed after the Second World War and Lucienne was pivotal in this artistic revolution. Her use of bold abstract pattern, as well as saturated colour was influenced by the art world. ‘Lucienne Day: The Right Line’ explores the distinctive use of line in the postwar period, contextualising Lucienne’s work within a survey that also includes Calder, Miro, Picasso and Dali.

Lucienne Day (1917–2010) is one of the best-known post-war textile designers. Born in Surrey, she studied at Croydon School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. During her career she won several awards, including the Gran Premio prize at the Milan Triennale 1954. She is noted for using Surrealist imagery as a key influence in her designs. Her design ‘Calyx’, presented at the 1951 Festival of Britain, is her most famous work. She became a Royal Designer for Industry in 1962.

As a predominantly freelance historian since 1991, Mary Schoeser MA FRSA has written diverse publications (26 books, over 50 essays in books and over 120 shorter pieces), which include Textiles: A concise history (T&H: 2003), Silk (Yale University Press, 2007), and Textiles: The art of mankind (Thames & Hudson, 2012 and 2013). Mary has worked with English Heritage, the National Trust and other historic property owners and also informed 36 curatorial projects, most recently a Designers Guild exhibition for the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. Extensive academic experience included a part-time research position at Central Saint Martins (2000-2011) and receipt in 2016 of an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship from the V&A Museum. President of the Textile Society, she is also Patron of the School of Textiles, Coggeshall.

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