CAROL ANNE HEATHER : FABRIC DISPLAY STAND
Dimensions: 43 x 33 x 24 cm
Materials: Wood and fabric
Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher were known for their block-printing designs on textiles. They started a workshop together in the 1920s. Barron, who favoured geometric arrangements, and Larcher, who was drawn more towards naturalist forms, used natural dyes to created custom designs that highlighted their modernist approach to textile design.
Carol Anne is studying Product Design with a focus on utilising space and storage. Her passion is repurposing products and materials, and this work is inspired by the ‘Diagonal’ block print by Barron and Larcher. Carol Anne was drawn to the depth and dimensions in their ‘Diagonal’ design. The light and dark shades are seen differently on either side of the textile, reflecting this in the geometric pattern and shading of each block and overall design from dark to light.
The stand is not only the base to the fabric but also incorporates how the textiles were left to dry on wooden rods in Barron and Larcher’s workshop. The use of the coat hangers as a stand ties in with their printed fabrics which were used by interior decorators and fashion designers, including clothing. The overall look of both pieces has been given a modern touch to bring the 1920s into the present.