Making Mackintosh: The mystery of the striped wallpaper – Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser is an internationally respected textile and wallpaper historian.  She has published, curated widely and collaborated with many museums over her long career. Her clients include The Fashion Textile Museum, London; the Victoria & Albert Museum ( where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow ) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As an […]

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Textile design: bouquet

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the period […]

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Textile design: stylised tulips

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. The tulip is the commonly attributed source for this design, but the plant is so abstracted that it could as easily be a reference to […]

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Textile design: furniture fabric: blue, black, purple and white

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Mackintosh described this design as a ‘furniture fabric’. Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They […]

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Textile design: wave pattern: purple, pink, orange and black

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. This work is an example of a finished design with a repeat of ten inches, and an alternative colourway of yellow, black and orange. The […]

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Textile design: waves: yellow, orange, blue and black

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald  spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the […]

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Textile design: rectangles and green checks

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Mackintosh turned to commercial textile design during the years he and Margaret Macdonald spent in London. They rank among the most progressive designs of the […]

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Textile design: stylised plant form: black, purple, green and pink

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. Black is the dominant colour of a fine group of designs which amalgamate organic and geometric forms. They were probably designs for voiles or dress […]

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Textile design: sweet peas

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. In this work, Mackintosh has stylised and abstracted the sweet pea. Organic designs such as this reiterate Mackintosh’s interest in plant forms, illustrated elsewhere during […]

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Textile design: tendrils, squares and triangles

This textile design was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. This design suggests the combination of Mackintosh’s two key motifs: plants and geometric shapes. A fabric similar to this design was illustrated in ‘The Studio […]

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