The Creators

Moorman, Theo

Moorman, Theo

Theo Moorman MBE Born in 1907. She studied at the Central School of Art from 1925 to 1928. She worked as a freelance weaver from 1928 to 1935. She joined Warner & Sons in 1935 as a hand-weaver and designer for power-loom fabrics and worked at Braintree until 1940....

Morris, William

Morris, William

William Morris Born 1834. Designer, Craftsman, poet and socialist. He founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. in 1861. Died in 1896. Morris & Co. continued to produce textiles from his designs until the firm closed in 1940. Warner & Sons manufactured some...

Nepodal, Virginia

Nepodal, Virginia

Virginia Nepodal Born Cleveland Ohio. She studied at Cleveland Institute of Art and in Czechoslovakia. She returned to the Cleveland institute as a design instructor and worked as a freelance textile designer. She opened a printed fabrics department for Cheney...

Palmer (née Thatcher), Susan Eileen

Palmer (née Thatcher), Susan Eileen

Susan Eileen Palmer (née Thatcher) Born in 1947. She studied at High Wycombe College of Art. She visited Sweden on a travel bursary in 1967. She worked in Warner & Sons London studio from 1967-1971. Moved to New York, and then New Providence, Bahamas c.1970s and...

Pollett

Pollett

Pollett Design Studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought regularly from this studio between 1945 and 1960.

Pugin, A.W.N

Pugin, A.W.N

A.W.N Pugin An architect and designer. Born in 1812. He worked on the Houses of Parliament from 1836 to 1837. He designed furniture, textiles, wallpaper, stained glass, and metalwork. Died in 1852.

Quigley, Mike

Quigley, Mike

Mike Quigley Born in 1947. He studied at Winchester School of Art from 1966 to 1969 and at Stockholm Art School from 1970-1971 on a British Council Scholarship. From 1971 onwards, he worked as a freelance textile designer and a teacher and was involved in a children’s...

Ramm, Wager Charles

Ramm, Wager Charles

Wager Charles Ramm Partner with Benjamin Warner and Charles Sillett c.1870 – 1891.

Rasmussen, Dan

Rasmussen, Dan

Dan Rasmussen A freelance textile designer in New York in the 1950s. Designed for Greeff.

Richardson (née Woodgate), Grace Phyllis Ruth

Richardson (née Woodgate), Grace Phyllis Ruth

Grace Phyllis Ruth Richardson (née Woodgate) Grace was born on 19/02/1918. Believed to have been a weaver at Warner & Sons c.1945 – 1955. In World War Two, she worked as a welder in a munition’s factory in Chelmsford. Understood to have worked on the textiles...

Rolfe, James

Rolfe, James

James Rolfe Jimmy Rolfe was a weaver for Warner & Sons.

Scheeline, Lanette

Scheeline, Lanette

Lanette Scheeline Born in California in 1910. She worked as a freelance textile designer in New York.

Sillett, Charles

Sillett, Charles

Charles Sillett Part of the collaboration between Warner, Sillett & Ramm c.1870-1984.

Silver, Arthur

Silver, Arthur

Arthur Silver Born 1853. He studied at Reading School of Art from 1868 to 1872. He founded the Silver Studio for designing all types of industrial objects, but concentrated chiefly on textiles and wallpaper. After his death in 1896 the studio continued under the...

Simeon, Margaret

Simeon, Margaret

Margaret Simeon Born in 1903. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she later taught. She designed textiles for many leading firms during the 1930s including Allan Walton, Helios and Edinburgh Weavers. She taught at Wimbledon College...

Smith, Graham

Smith, Graham

Graham Smith Born in 1950. He studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1967 to 1971. He worked in the Robert Nelson studio in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1974 and in Warner & Sons London studio from 1974 to 1980. Worked as a freelance textile designer and multi-media...

Spinks, Harry

Spinks, Harry

Harry Spinks Weaver for Warner & Sons. Wove the handwoven trials for ‘Queensway’ c.1952 at age 78.

Squires, Eddie

Squires, Eddie

Eddie Squires Born 1940. He studied at Grimsby School of Art from 1956 to 1959 and at the Central School of Art from 1959 - 1962. He worked as a freelance textile and interior designer until he joined Warner & Sons in 1963. He also designed furniture in the early...

St. John Tibbetts, Leonard

St. John Tibbetts, Leonard

Leonard St. John Tibbetts Great-grandson of Benjamin Warner. Managing Director of Warner & Sons c.1963 – 1980s. Upon the death of Alec Hunter, Tibbetts was in charge of New Mills, Braintree from 1958, managing the factory until its closure in 1971. Mr Reeves acted...

Stenlake, A. E.

Stenlake, A. E.

A. E. Stenlake Textile Designer. Awarded a prize by Warner & Sons in the Royal Society of Arts competition in 1930.

Straub, Marianne

Straub, Marianne

Marianne Straub, RDI Marianne Straub was a woven textile designer active during the 1930s through to the 1970s. Straub was born in Amriswill, Switzerland in 1909 and spent much of her childhood in hospital, where she taught herself simple handcraft techniques. She...

Sutherland, Graham

Sutherland, Graham

Graham Sutherland 1903-1980. A painter and designer. He studied at Goldsmiths College of Art, London from 1921 to 1926. He taught at Kingston school of Art and at Chelsea School of Art. He was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists from about 1932. And was...

Swindells, Albert

Swindells, Albert

Albert Swindells Albert Swindells was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1902 and began work as an apprentice at Brocklehurst Mills, one of the most important silk mills in the town, at the age of 14. He came from a family with various links to the textile industry;...

Swindells, Hilary June

Swindells, Hilary June

Hilary June Swindells The daughter of Albert Swindells. June Swindells joined Warner & Sons as a designer, and was trained to transfer pattern to point paper to be made up into Jacquard cards.

Talbert, Bruce J.

Talbert, Bruce J.

Bruce J Talbert 1838-1881. An architect and designer. He was born in Dundee. He worked as a furniture designer from 1865 and also designed textiles and wallpaper.

Tokeley, Mary

Tokeley, Mary

Mary Tokeley Mary Tokeley was a ‘picker’ in c.1948 for Warner & Sons. ‘Picking’ is a process of assessing the finished piece for any loose threads or knots in the weave and repairing them to ensure the highest standards of quality.

Tunnard, John S.

Tunnard, John S.

John S Tunnard 1900 – 1971. A painter and designer. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1922 to 1925. A member of the London Group in 1934.

Veevers, Kathleen

Veevers, Kathleen

Kathleen Veevers, Des RCA A Textile designer. She Studied at the Royal College of Art from 1951 to 1954.

Walker, Lin

Walker, Lin

Lin Walker They worked in the Braintree studio for Warner & Sons between about 1960 and 1970.

Wang, Y-Chun

Wang, Y-Chun

Y-Chun-Wang Born in China. A Freelance textile designer in New York during the 1950s.

Watson, Miss

Watson, Miss

Miss Watson She was a student at the Royal Female School of Art c.1900. Awarded the last gold medal presented to the school by Queen Victoria.

Wheelwright, J. S.

Wheelwright, J. S.

J. S. Wheelwright A Textile designer. He worked from a studio in Bushey, Hertfordshire before the First World War. He was injured in an air crash during the war. He built a new studio at Tonbridge, Kent, where he employed three or four designers. He also designed and...

Whittaker, Bertrand

Whittaker, Bertrand

Bertrand Whittaker Bertrand Whittaker was born 1880 in Macclesfield, Cheshire. He studied at the Macclesfield School of Art during the years 1897-1901 where he entered and won medals in the National competitions 1897-9. After which he worked for Josiah Smale &...

Williamson, Alexander Hardie

Williamson, Alexander Hardie

Alexander Hardie Williamson Born 1907. He studied at the Royal College of Art and taught there from 1934 to 1955. His main responsibility was for the development of the screen printing department. He was a freelance designer for textiles, glass, ceramics and book...

Willis, George

Willis, George

George Willis A textile designer. He studied at Regent Street Polytechnic, London. He worked for a time at the Silver Studio before becoming a freelance designer. Warner & Sons bought designs from him regularly between 1930 and 1960.

Wolfsperger

Wolfsperger

Wolfsperger Textile design studio in Paris. Warner & Sons bought designs from this studio between 1940 and 1960.

Woodman, Herbert

Woodman, Herbert

Herbert Woodman Herbert Woodman was born in 1899 in Macclesfield, Cheshire. His parents were originally from Somersetshire and his father worked as a laundryman. He studied at the Macclesfield School of Art, one of the art schools which Frank Warner recruited...

Wright, John

Wright, John

John Wright A Textile designer, active during the 1960s.