In my quest to find other “dynamic duo” creative couples, I found the British Lucienne and Robin Day. Lucienne Day(1917-2010) designed fabrics the middle of the 20th Century inspired by plant forms, brilliant color, and modern art from artists such as Paul Klee and Joan Miro. Her husband Robin was a furniture designer, and though they shared a studio, they worked independently. There is a plethora of articles about how Day’s textile is more than “mere fabric” and reads like a painting rather than a textile, and that if it had been painting, she would’ve been more recognized, but Blake Gopnik does concede that Klee may have been influenced by textiles, with his designs covering the whole visual field, edge to edge. My eye loves textiles, and I don’t see them as lacking in art. I love that Day’s work is embraces abstraction. Textile and quilt design is one of my greatest inspirations for my mosaics. Textiles are art. Women are artists. What encouraging thoughts.
Note: These sneakers are more fabulous than I can even say!
Bonus Orange: Paul Klee’s Double Tent.