The Creators

Bawden, Edward

Bawden, Edward

R.A., R.D.I., A.G.I 1950s
Created two designs for Warner & Sons

Crane, Walter

Crane, Walter

Walter Crane Walter Crane was born in Lancashire in 1845 and worked as a designer and illustrator. In particular, he is known for his children’s book illustrations as part of the Arts and Crafts movement, a diligent student of Ruskin. His work was primarily painted...

Crofts, Eva

Crofts, Eva

Eva Crofts Eva Crofts (born Evangeline Johnson) was an English textile and ceramics artist during the 20th century. Crofts described her work as “natural happiness and of clear unalloyed pleasure.” Crofts primarily designed for a range of textile manufacturers...

Davidson, Douglas

Davidson, Douglas

Douglas Davidson Worked as a freelance textile designer for Warner & Sons in the 1940s.

Davies, Frank Davies

Davies, Frank Davies

Frank Davies Des.R.C.A., M.S.I.A.D Frank Davies was born in Willenhall, Staffs, He served in the RAF during World War Two. He studied at Birmingham College of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He joined Warner & Sons in 1951 as a designer for woven fabrics at...

Doran, M. Joseph

Doran, M. Joseph

M. Joseph Doran Textile and wallpaper designer. Studied at Belfast School of Art c.1897. He worked from a studio in Hounslow and established a reputation for floral designs in a traditional style.

Dorn, Marion

Dorn, Marion

Marion Dorn Born in San Francisco. Educated at Stanford University. Came to England in 1924 and worked as a freelance designer of textiles and carpets, which Warner & Sons purchased. She married the graphic artist Edward McKnight Kauffer. She founded her own firm,...

Durkin, Hilda

Durkin, Hilda

Hilda Durkin Departure, 1954, screen-printed linenHilda Durkin designed several patterns for Warner & Sons in the 1950s. Her bold and bright designs often referenced classical literature. She worked as a freelance designer for many furnishing fabric companies in...

Ebel, Charles

Ebel, Charles

Charles Ebel Charles Ebel (1886-1952) was a textile designer who worked for Warner and sons during the 1910s-1930s. He worked in a studio with William Augustus Ebel. During his time at the company he produced a large number of designs. In 1925 he joined fellow...

Exley, David Charles

Exley, David Charles

David Charles Exley Born 29th August 1948. Died 28th April 1990, San Francisco.David Exley remembered in 1990 by Eddie Squires:From his early work you can see that David Exley was an original designer with an exploratory imagination, capable of adapting his artistic...

Fitton R.A., James

Fitton R.A., James

James Fitton R.A James Fitton was born in 1899 and was a notable painter and illustrator, known for his work on wartime advertising and cinema posters. He studied at the Manchester School of Art and the Central School of Art, London c.1919. He was a member of the...

Folliott, William

Folliott, William

William Folliott Weaver and designer. Collaborated with Benjamin Warner. Worked for Daniel Walters & Sons, and then worked for Warner & Sons when they purchased New Mills.

Forbat, Olga

Forbat, Olga

Olga Forbat Olga Forbat was born in Germany, and taught at the Leicester School of Art. She was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

Forrer, Max

Forrer, Max

Max Forrer Forrer was a textile designer with a studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought many designs from this studio between 1940 – 1960.

Gabert, Hannah

Gabert, Hannah

Hannah Gabert Gabert was born likely in Germany or Austria. She worked as a freelance textile designer in England during the 1940s.

Giraud

Giraud

Giraud A father and son team who had a textile design studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought regularly from them between 1940 -1960.

Godwin, E.W.

Godwin, E.W.

E.W Godwin Born in 1833, Godwin trained as an architect, but also designed wallpapers, furniture, carpets and textiles. He was known for his ‘Japanese’ style. He died in 1886.

Goodale, Sylvia

Goodale, Sylvia

Sylvia Goodale The daughter of Sir Ernest Goodale, Sylvia Goodale was born in 1927. She studied at St Martin’s School of Art, and at the Ecole Cantonale, Switzerland. She worked in a design studio in Stockholm, and in the showroom at Warner & Sons. She married...

Goodden, Robert

Goodden, Robert

Robert Goodden Robert Gooden was born in Beaminster in 1909. He studied architecture in London 1926-1931, at the end of which he won a medal for silversmithing at the Architects’ Golf Society. He was awarded a Design Medal by the Society of Industrial Artists and...

Gray, Milner

Gray, Milner

Milner Gray R.D.I  A graphic artist and industrial designer. Studied at Goldsmiths College, London. A founder member of the Society of Industrial Artists in 1930 and president from 1943 – 1948, and again in 1968 – 1969.

Haite, George Charles

Haite, George Charles

George Charles Haite  A painter and designer of textiles and wallpapers, born in 1855. Son of George Haite, Paisley textile designer. Studied at Croydon School of Art. He was the President of the Royal Society of Designers.

Haward Studios

Haward Studios

Haward Studios Sidney Haward (1858-1924) born in Lambeth, London, the son of a slate merchant founded Haward Studio in the 1880s and was a printed and woven textile designer. He had trained at the Silver Studio and later went on to set up his own in Kensington. Haward...

Howard, Frank Ernest

Howard, Frank Ernest

Frank Ernest Howard 1888-1934. An ecclesiastical architect, born in 1888. Designed an altar cross and candlesticks for Chester Cathedral, which were manufactured by the Warham Guild in 1926.

Hunter, Alec

Hunter, Alec

Alec Hunter Born in Haslemere, Surrey in 1899. Son of Edmund Hunter, founder of the St Edmundsbury Silk Weaving Works. He studied at St George’s, Harpenden and at Byam Shaw School of Art, London. He worked for his father’s firm in Letchworth from c.1920 – 1927. He...

Jones, Lewis

Jones, Lewis

Lewis Jones Born in 1894 in Watford, Hertfordshire. Educated at Callow Land Boys School, Watford, and School of Science and Art, Watford c.1908 – 1910. Worked as a textile and wallpaper designer at the Silver Studio from 1910 – 1953, apart from during both world wars....

Jones, Owen

Jones, Owen

Owen Jones Born in 1809, Owen Jones, was an influential architect and designer. He toured the Middle East in 1833, and subsequently published ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ in 1856 which took inspiration from his travels. He designed wallpapers and textiles, including...

La Guilde du Dessin

La Guilde du Dessin

La Guilde du Dessin A textile design studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought regularly from this studio between 1940 and 1960.

Lamb, Lynton

Lamb, Lynton

Lynton Lamb Painter and lithographer. Born in India in 1907. Studied at the Central School of Art, London from 1928-1930 and taught book production there from 1935 – 1939. President of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers from 1951 – 1952. Died in 1977.

Lee, Lily

Lee, Lily

Lily Lee Velvet weaver c.1930s – 1950s. Wove the velvet for the coronation of King George VI and came out of retirement to weave the velvet for Queen Elizabeth II. Made honorary freemen of the Worshipful Company of Weavers for the weaving of the coronation velvet in...

Lewis, Sue

Lewis, Sue

Sue Lewis Born in 1936, Sue Lewis studied at Hornsey College of Art, London. She gained a National Diploma of Design in textile design and lithography. Worked as a freelance designer of dress and furnishing textiles.

Libert

Libert

Libert Textile design studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought regularly from this studio between 1920 and 1960.

Little, John

Little, John

John Little A freelance textile designer in New York. Visited England c.1938.

Lowndes, Jenny

Lowndes, Jenny

Jenny Lowndes Born in 1936, Jenny Lowndes studied at the Central School of Art from 1955 – 1959. She joined Warner & Sons in 1959 and worked in the London studio until 1967. She visited Mexico in 1968. She then worked as a freelance designer of textiles and...

Mackmurdo, Arthur Heygate

Mackmurdo, Arthur Heygate

Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo was born in London, 1851. He trained to be an architect and for a short time was a student of the naturalist John Ruskin. Mackmurdo founded the Century Guild in 1882 along with Herbert Horne and designed furniture,...

Manning, Evelyn

Manning, Evelyn

Evelyn Manning Evelyn (known as Eva) was born in Forest Gate, London on 2/10/1892. She was the eldest of five daughters born to her parents, William and Ada Manning. Her father was a civil servant. Her family moved to Severn Kings, Ilford in 1901. Although Eva would...

Marriott, Chris

Marriott, Chris

Chris Marriott Born 1952. A freelance textile designer and teacher c.1970s.

Martin, Miss

Martin, Miss

Miss Martin A Student at Glasgow School of Art c.1945.

Mawson, Sidney G.

Mawson, Sidney G.

Sidney G. Mawson Textile and wallpaper designer born in 1870. Taught at the Slade School of Art, London. Died in 1941.

Minter, Betty Ann

Minter, Betty Ann

Betty Ann Minter Born in 1948. She studied at the West of England College of Art from 1968 to 1971. She then worked as a freelance textile designer and artist working in a number of media including drawing, painting, etching and photography.