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Leaf Plush

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Monday October 04, 2010
POSTED BY: Mark Pollack

As a textile designer I am interested in, and often a great fan of, the decorative arts of the last couple of hundred years. I am a great admirer of ceramics in particular, and having been born in the 50s I feel a particular affinity for that period’s design, what has ubiquitously come  to be known as “mid-century modern”. Nothing marries the two better than the ceramics from the 50s and 60s designed by Stig Lindberg for the Swedish pottery Gustavsberg and the ceramics of Poole Pottery in England. They shared a lightness and spareness, a refreshing break from the dour and “brown” 40s. The ceramic forms themselves were simple and contemporary, without overt historical references, and designed for use; the painted decoration was often abstract patterns with rounded flourishes  or simply drawn leaves, often silhouetted on a white ground. It was the  memory of this fresh naturalism that I surely called on while working on Leaf Plush, a jacquard-woven voided velvet in our new Poetry collection. Its straight-on stylized graphic leaf pattern silhouetted on a voided velvet ground refers back to this period without turning the fabric into a “documentary”. 

Stig Lindberg  ceramics at Freeforms 

the "Sprig Jug" 

a contemporary ceramic interpretation by Donna Wilson for SCP 

TAGS:  Poetry collection, Leaf Plush


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