Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
These pretty French prints arrived in the post today and have been a real pleasure to photograph and process for the website as they are so interesting and photogenic. Natural dyes like indigo and madder give such wonderful colours and shades especially when gently faded over time.
18th century prints began by imitating book printing styles butthe 19th century saw the gradual invention & introduction of a new textile repertoire using innovative ideas and motifs along with traditional ones that exploited the growth of new technology such as roller printing.
Monday, 4 July 2011
Happy July 4th to all my American friends! Here is a very special fragment of a late 18th century British toile commemorating Independence Day, called America Presenting at the Altar of Liberty Medallions to Her Illustrious Sons. It was given to me by an American friend and fellow collector a while ago as a thank you for sourcing some early block printed textiles for him (thanks Bronnie). It is a rare and sought after design, especially when there is a full pattern repeat, which this fragment doesn't have, but there is enough here to get the gist of the design, The famous toile company at Jouy produced a very similar design in 1790 that was in print for 17 years.