The History of Surface Design: Liberty Style

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   “Liberty Style” was the term given to a range of homewares and fabrics sold by Liberty & Co,…

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The History of Surface Design: Toile de Jouy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   Toile prints have been around seemingly forever; and although their popularity waxes and wanes a bit, they never…

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Memphis and Nathalie du Pasquier

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   I never much liked Memphis style when I first came across it in art school – it was…

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The History of Surface Design: Paisleys

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   I LOVE a good paisley. Maybe because they’re like pattern on pattern framed within pattern, making them an…

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The Sixties – Part 3 – Psychedelia

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons. Psychedelia in surface design embraced the wildest of the wild; using a mind-bending mix of optical swirls and eye-poppingly…

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The Sixties – Part Two: Pop

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons. Like many other trends in surface design, 60s styles were developed alongside movements in Fine Art, and the Pop…

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The Sixties – Part One: Op

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons. The Sixties was a wildly vibrant time for surface design, reflecting the general mood of the era. After…

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Russia and the October Revolution

Monday, October 28, 2013
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I am pleased to announce that Julie Gibbons of tractorgirl will be joining Pattern Observer as a regular contributor! Julie will be covering textile and surface design history…

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The Other Life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Monday, September 30, 2013
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*Guest post by Julie Gibbons. This is the sixth and final in a series of posts on famous people who did surface design as a sideline to their main…

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The Other Life of Josef Hoffmann

Thursday, September 12, 2013
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*Guest post by Julie Gibbons. This is the fifth in a series of posts on famous people who did surface design as a sideline to their main jobs. I…

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