lucienne day: colorful and whimsical

Lucienne Day, a 20thcentury English textile designer whose fabrics inspired by abstract patterns, nature and modern art, brought the contemprorary design into everyone’s homes. I enjoy exploring Lucienne Day’s design which has timeless qualities: cheerful, doodle like, fun and fresh.

Lucienne Day made her name and career by Calyx, a richy colored textile design printed with floating bizarre shapes. The inspiration for Calyx is originated from the paintings of her favorite artists Paul Klee and Joan Miro. She first exhibited Calyxm at the Festival of Britain in 1951. The original colorways of the design was lime yellow, vermilion,black and white, on an olive background.


One of the upcoming exhibitions at the Textile Museum, DC, Art by the Yard:Women Design Mid-Century Britain, will showcase the works of the groundbreaking women’s artists after the World War II. These mid-century women artists transformed the textile market by bold colors, motifs and inspiring but yet affordable lines. One of the ladies, Lucienne Day, replaced the pre-war floral design of interiors with non-representational patterns in vivid, fresh and bold colors.

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