The Artisan's Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

From London to Lanark and few places in between the exhibit Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol has been visiting the sights a bit as this exhibit gets to be housed in some of the best places for Textiles and Costume Exhibits.

I seem to be following this exhibit but no problems there, it was great to revisit the exhibit in the middle of a Scottish Valley with eyes that are older now and can enjoy what is on offer. From the Fashion and Textile Museum to the New Lanark Visitor Centre the exhibit offered the viewer to witness fabric prints from Fauvism, Surrealism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction and Pop Art from the great artist such as Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Miro and Warhol.


In the late 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century the textiles industry began to change dramatically with techniques being improved, the combination of artworks into fabric right through to the mass production which allowed everyday folk a chance to purchase fabric for fashion and furniture. This was the perfect time that allowed Artist to dip their toes into the world of textiles which enabled their artwork to grow into places unheard of before.

This exhibit showcased the huge variety of modern artist that wanted to grow their audience from 1910 with the design work by Wyndham Lewis to artist from the Bloomsbury’s Omega Workshops to Raoul Dufy who was one of the leading artist in this journey of textile design.

As the periods of time changed from the 1920s to the 1930s the textile industry was growing making the demand for Artist Textile Design, that is spanned from Britain to Europe and America bringing in a variety of unique designs for people to drape around themselves.


After the Second World War there was a movement for ‘a masterpiece in every home’ with Salvador Dali and Ben Nicholson being some of the forerunners of this evolution. The Textile Design could only become commercial after that with people carving a dress from Joan Miro or the latest designs from Salvador Dali. Then followed Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Zandra Rhodes bringing their taste and flavours to the table of wonderful Textile Design.


This exhibit allowed us to witness some of the most beautiful design work from all of this artist I have spoken of, each piece was iconic making me wish I could step back in time to see someone walking down the street in these designs and what a statement they would have been. It was a kaleidoscope of colour and art that allowed people to begin to express themselves which I feel have been a forerunner of expressing ourselves today dressed in the finest textiles that help showcase our fabulous selves. It was great to revisit the exhibit with a different set of eyes and look forward to seeing textile art design in a new way.