On 5 January 1917, in the town of Coulsdon in Surrey, England, Lucienne Day was born. The most prominent figure in British post-war textile design, she was the woman who transformed graphic design of the era. Her innovative work and futuristic vision opened new doors to the methods and visual language of textiles.

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To celebrate the centenary of her birth, TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth and the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation present the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, a unique retrospective in which visitors can discover her enormous legacy.

Poster from the exhibition and the artist studio.

Two textil examples from 70s.

The exhibition is divided into three parts, covering the life and work of the designer throughout her creative journey. From her early works, when she obtained her diploma as a student of the Royal College of Art, through her extensive production throughout the 50s, 60s and early 70s, to the so-called “second stage of her career”, when she concentrated her efforts on tapestry designs and what she called “silk mosaics”.

“Walls of silk” ambient.

Curated by Emma Hunt, professor of History of Design, and the artist’s daughter Paula Day, the exhibition reveals, through large amounts of graphic and documentary evidence, the vast visual perspective that Lucienne developed, and her efforts to convert her work into a legacy for future generations.

Tea rosenthal China collection and Black Leaf tea towell.

Islands from “Walls of silk

Tea towell Red Cooks and Lucienne Day portrait.

Photos: Courtesy Robin and Lucienne Day Fondation and Arts University  Bournemouth
Until 22 March  2017
TheGallery, AUB Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset
BH125HH England


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