[Spot and Stripe by Enid Marx, blue colourway powerwoven by Warner and Sons c.1943]

The Warner Textile Archive is pleased to support Annie Sloan with supplying an image of an Enid Marx design from our collection called ‘Spot & Stripe’ or ‘Medallion’ for the latest edition of The Colourist. Read the full article below on Enid Marx from The Colourist celebrating the twentieth-century designer. Please click on each image to enlarge.

‘Spot & Stripe’ was designed by Enid Marx when she was leading the textiles section of the Utility Furniture Advisory Committee, tasked with the creation of quality but affordable furnishing fabrics with limited supplies in World War Two. Designs had to be simple because yarns were rationed, and small in repeat and were not permitted to use more than the four given colours of rust, blue, green and natural. The approved designs were distributed to various manufacturers for production. There were two qualities of upholstery fabric and the specification submitted by Herbert Woodman from Warner & Sons for the better quality was accepted by the panel. Warners therefore wove this quality and used four of Enid Marx’s designs. As the Utility programme continued Warners wove other fabrics designed in their own studio.

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