I have been wanting to go to the Artist Textile exhibition at the Fashion Textile Museum for ages, but in typical fashion I didn’t get around to going until it was a few days away from closing. The exhibition is now closed, but if you missed it here’s your chance to see some of the highlights.
The exhibition highlighted some of the incredible collaborations between great 20th century artists and fabric producers during the 50s and 60s. They made art accessible to the mass market and allowed people to buy modern art by the yard. Artists in the exhibition included Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Miro and Andy Warhol. A mixture of printed fabric, gorgeous 50s dress made using the fabric and original sketches were on display.
Another real highlight for me was the small exhibition on the work of Sarah Campbell and Susan Collier. These textile designing sisters have been furnishing Britain’s homes with their painterly textiles for the last 40 years. It was so lovely to see how the they began the process of designing a range of textiles, and how paintings were turned into bed sheets. I always love seeing other artist’s processes. As someone who works small then scans at high resolution so things can be printed larger, it was interesting to see how the energy of large paintings translated into things like greetings cards.
Artist Textiles will open at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg on the 14th of June.