Author Archives: festivalofpattern

Hans Tisdall (Aufseeser) 1910-1997

  In his 1937 publication British Textile Designers Today H G Hayes Marshall described Hans Aufseeser (later Tisdall) as a designer ‘whose careful attention to detail and his real ability to design for any technique has placed him in the … Continue reading

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Coasters for Christmas

FESTIVAL OF PATTERN – catalogue for customers April 2018.docx I have been sorting through fabric and making up coasters for Christmas orders. The designs above are new (in acrylic casings) and many of the fabrics are now also available in glass … Continue reading

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Marion Dorn: Illustrations for William Beckford’s Vathek, 1929

  Back in the 1980s I was working on my PhD on the American textile designer Marion Dorn and was in New York where I interviewed Yvonne McHarg, a food stylist, who had known Dorn back in the 1930s through … Continue reading

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Antique Textile Fair, Manchester Sunday 30th April, 2017

I am getting ready for the 25th Textile Society’s Antique Textile Fair. I think I must have been to most of them and sold for the first time last year. It’s a fantastic event. I have some gorgeous vintage clothing … Continue reading

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Robert Stewart designs for Liberty

One of my favourite fabric designers of the 1950s is the Scot, Robert Stewart (1924-1995). Born in Glasgow, Stewart studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught there from 1949, becoming the Head of Printed Textiles. Stewart had a distinguished career … Continue reading

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New items for sale

I have been adding items to my Etsy shop over the last week – so please take a look. Most of the fabrics I am selling are items from M’s collection (you can read about this here). They came from … Continue reading

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Alastair Morton : designing for Horrockses Fashions

Over the years that I have been researching Horrockses Fashions I have collected examples of the company’s output and probably top of my list of favourites are dresses made from the glorious designs of Alastair Morton who was a key … Continue reading

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