Here’s a wonderful, short, post about the textile designer Althea McNish (1924–2020) who came to the UK from Trinidad in 1950. She drew on her Trinidadian heritage to bring colour and joy to mid-century Britain. – For the entire post, click on “Bledsoe Bags”….
‘Everything I did, I saw it through a tropical eye’, said textile designer Althea McNish. ‘I am a citizen of the world and I am multicultural.’ We love the sentiment and are inspired by her work, and we’ve produced a limited edition range using her vibrant patterns that revolutionised postwar design in Britain.
McNish (1924-2020) came to the UK from Trinidad in 1950 and became a celebrated international textile designer and a key member of the Caribbean Artists Movement. She drew on her Trinidadian heritage to bring colour and joy to mid-century Britain. She said her imagination was ‘fed by folk art from many cultures, by architecture and technology, and by the flowers of the English countryside, which I transform into Caribbean flamboyance.’
You can see her amazing work at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. ‘Colour is Mine’ is on until 11 September. Don’t miss it!
We’re making Bledsoe’s…
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