Famous Textile Designers

Famous Textile Designers


hey what’s up fool I’m Lauren of Lauren
Lesley studio and I’ve been a textile designer for the last seven years I’m
proud to say that my designs have sold in places like anthropologie and here’s
also a picture of my rug design on West Elms Instagram with over 20,000 lights
in this video you’re going to learn about five famous textile designers so
that you can sound like an expert in the field of textile design are you ready
let’s dive in so number one is probably the most famous textile designer in
history and that is William Morris William Morris was born in Watson style
Essex he studied classics at Oxford University
in trained as an architect web and Morris designed red house in Kent and
Morris founded Morris Marshall fucker & Co decorative arts time with burne-jones
Rosetti Webb and others which became highly fashionable and much in demand
the firm profoundly influenced interior decoration throughout the Victorian
period with Morris designing tapestries wallpaper fabrics furniture and stained
glass windows in 1875 he assumed total control of the company which was renamed
Morris & Co he was greatly influenced by visits to Iceland and he produced a
series of English language translations of Icelandic sagas he also achieved
success with the publication of his epic poems and novels namely the earthly
paradise a dream of John Ball the utopian news from nowhere and the
fantasy romance the well at the World’s End in 1877 he founded the Society for
the Protection of ancient buildings to campaign against the damage caused by
architectural restoration he embraced Marxism and was influenced by anarchism
in the 1880s it became a committed revolutionary socialist activist
he founded the socialist League in 1884 after an involvement in the Social
Democratic Federation but he broke with that organization in night 1890 and in
1891 he founded the Kelmscott press to publish limited edition illuminated
style print books a cause to which he devoted his final years Maurice has
recognized as one of the most significant cultural figures of
Victorian Britain he was best known in his lifetime as a poet although he posts
famously became better known for his designs the William Morris Society
founded in 1955 is devoted to his legacy while multiple biographies and studies
of his work have been published many of the buildings associated with his life
are open to visitors much of his work can be found in art galleries and
museums and his designs are still in production which is pretty wild even
when I was working at the rub manufacturer for you know the last seven
years they had a license with William Morris so his designs are very much
alive and active and still out in the world which is really cool and really
fun because his legacy lives on long after he’s been deceased number two is
Owen Jones Owen Jones was born in London in 1809 he studied at the Royal Academy
schools and was a versatile architect and designer he was also one of the most
influential design theorists of the 19th century he helped pioneer modern color
theory and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate
with contemporary designers today Owen Jones tubby an Islamic decoration
at Alhambra and The Associated publication of his drawings which
pioneered new standards in criminal top lithography Jones was a pivotal figure
in the formation of South Kensington Museum later to become the VNA Jones was
also responsible for the interior decoration and layout of exhibits for
the Great Exhibition Building of 1851 and for its later incarnation at Siddim Jones advised on the foundation
collections for this South Kensington Museum and formulated decorative art
principles which became teaching frameworks for the government school of
design then at mob malboro house design
propositions also formed the basis for his seminal publication the grammar of
ornament the global and historical designs
source book for which Jones is perhaps best known today Jones believed in the
search for a modern style unique to the 19th century and radically different
from prevailing aesthetics of neoclassicism and the Gothic Revival he
looked towards the Islamic world for much of this inspiration using his
studies of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra to develop theories on flat
patterning geometry and abstraction in ornament number three is Gustav Klimt
one of my favourite Gustav Klimt was born in the Austrian Empire on July 14th
1862 the Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the
Vienna secession movement Klimt is noted for his paintings murals sketches and
other objects are klipsch primary subject was the female
body in his work served kind of marked by a frank eroticism in addition to his
figurative works though which include allegories and portraits he painted
landscapes among the artists of the Vienna secession Klimt was one of the
most influenced by Japanese art and its methods
early in his artistic career he was a successful painter of architectural
decorations in a conventional manner an a/c developed or personal style his work
was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he
completed around 1904 the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna
were criticized as pornographic he says he subsequently accepted no more public
Commission’s but achieved a new success with the paintings of his golden phase
many of which include goldleaf clamps work was an important influence on his
younger contemporary Egon Schiele and here you can see a lot more of his
patterns and decorative work that is used throughout his paintings as well number four is ani Albers born on June
12th 1899 in Berlin her mother was from a family in the publishing industry and
her father was a furniture maker so she kind of had this natural progression
towards home to court even in her childhood she was intrigued by art in
the visual world she painted during her youth and studied under impressionist
artist Martin Brandenburg from 1916 to 1919 but was very discouraged from
continuing after a meeting with artist Oskar Kokoschka who upon seeing a
portrait of hers asked her sharply why do you paint what a jerk right
huh she attended the I can’t say this word exactly Cousteau Weber shul in
Homburg for only two months in 1919 and then in April in 1922 began her studies
at the Bauhaus and Lima in her writing titled material as metaphor Albers
mentions her Bauhaus paintings in my case it was threads that taught me
really against my will to work with threads
seemed sissy to me I wanted something to be conquered but circumstances helped me
to threads and they won me over that’s really beautiful right others developed
many functional functionally unique textiles combining properties of light
reflection sound absorption durability and minimized wrinkling and warping
tendencies she had several of her designs published and received contracts
for wall hangings in 1949 anni Albers became the first textile designer to
have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City which is a
huge freaking deal after being commissioned by Gropius to design a
variety of bedspreads and other textiles for Harvard and following the MoMA
exhibition Albers spent the 1950s working on mass-producible fabric
patterns creating the majority of her pictorial weaving and publishing half
dozen articles and a collection on her writings called on designing in 1961 ani
was awarded the craftmanship medal by the American Institute of Architects
pretty amazing she created the six print portfolio titled line involvements an
Albers wrote an article for Britannica in 1963 and then expanded on it for her
second book on weaving published in 1965 the book was a powerful voice of
the mid-century textile design movement in the United States her design work in
writings on design helped established design history as a serious area of
academic study in 1976 Annie Albers had two major exhibitions
in Germany and a handful of exhibitions I heard design work over the next two
decades receiving half-a-dozen honorary doctorates and Lifetime
Achievement Awards during this time as well including the second American Craft
Council gold medal for uncompromising excellence Wow Wow Wow
Annie Albers applause number five is Lucien de born in Coulston Surrey in
England the 5th of January 1917 she was the most in fuel influential British
textile designer of the 1950s and 60s they drew on inspiration from other arts
to develop a new style of abstract pattern making in post-war British
textiles known as quote/unquote contemporary design she was also active
in other fields such as wallpapers ceramics and carpets and at the age of
17 Lucien enrolled at the coid and school of art where she developed her
interests and printed textiles she went on to specialise in this field at the
Royal College of Art where she studied from 37 to 40 lucien de enjoyed a long
career spanning six decades her post-war textiles are particularly well known as
Lesley Jackson noticed in 2010 her playful patterns captured the ebullience
and optimism of the early 1950s when all the pent-up creative energy of the
Warriors was unleashed in a flood of joyous creativity
attune to the needs of both architects and homemakers and skilled at creating
patterns for different media solution was preeminent in many fields of
interior design so amazing I love this artwork
Lucian’s days early textiles were inspired by her love of modern art
especially the abstract paintings of pop clay and joan miró however although
abstractionism was dominant in her work lucien also perpetuated the english
tradition of patterns based on plant forms often incorporating stylized
motifs to eyford nature such as leaves flowers twigs and sea pods after
dabbling in painterly textural abstraction during the 1960s she
experimented with hard edged multi-layered geometric designs composed
squares circles diamond stripes very geometric very modern during the mid to
late 1960s stylized florals and our arboreal designs remained recurrent
motifs until the mid 1970s lucien de believed that good design should be
affordable and in 2003 she told The Scotsman newspaper that she had been
very interested in modern painting although I didn’t want to be a painter I
put my inspiration from painting into my textiles partly because I was suppose I
was just very practical I still AM I wanted the work I was doing to be seen
by people and to be used by people they had been starved of interesting things
for their homes in the Warriors either in textiles or in furniture how amazing
is that that she you know kind of abandoned her dream of being a painter
so that she could put that work that same inspiration into her textile
patterns that’s just so amazing to me so thank you so much for watching I want
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One thought on “Famous Textile Designers

  1. Very interesting!. One of my favorites designer is Alexander Girard, maybe in the future you can review his work too. Hugs from Chile 🇨🇱

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