Explore the work of craftswomen who turned their practice into successful businesses between the two World Wars.
Women’s Work will focus on pieces made by textile artists, weavers, ceramicists and silversmiths, many of whom were informed by their experiences while traveling during the First World War.
Often overshadowed by their male counterparts, these pioneering women achieved success by looking to past techniques to create contemporary designs. Embroiderers in Sri Lanka and textile printers in Calcutta opened new avenues of inspiration and knowledge. The women brought their new-found skills back to Britain and into the craft revival, going on to share their experiences with other craftswomen of the era.
Featuring over 100 pieces, the exhibition will focus on a core group of makers – Ethel Mairet, Alice Hindson, Phyllis Barron & Dorothy Larcher, Enid Marx, Catherine ‘Casty’ Cobb, Katharine Pleydell- Bouverie, Denise Wren and Elizabeth Peacock – some of whom are relatively unknown yet hugely significant to the development of the Arts and Crafts movement.