We've just installed a new display in the case at the bottom of the staircase at Parkside, again in collaboration with Library and Learning Resources. This time, we've chosen to focus on a theme that links in with the Tibor Reichs exhibition currently on show in the atrium - an exploration of the use of geometric and other patterns in design.
The Library are showing a loose-leaf book of early nineteenth-century French fashion plates, together with two of the illustrations. These show figures wearing tartans, checks and garments printed with floral patterns. Alongside them we've included three sets of designs inspired by sails and natural features such as shells, silver birches and autumn leaves, each created by Margaret Cowern, a student at the School of Art in the early 1930s; two boxes covered with paper hand-printed with leaf patterns that were made in the 1920s by pupils of Marion Richardson, a former student who made an international reputation for herself as an innovator in art education for children; and a 1960s design by an unnamed student for a dress inspired by a lift shaft.
Why not go and have a look at the exhibition? We'd welcome any feedback on it, and hope that it encourages you to visit the Archives.