Collecting textiles and reseaching textile designers such as Lucienne Day has always sent us on adventures through the country. Our latest train journey was to the delightful city of Chichester and to the excellent gallery at Pallant House. The exhibition of the work of the married design team of Lucienne and Robin Day displays their innovation and inventfulness. It was good to see the playful designs for tea towels that Lucienne Day produced. The one I especially liked was called 'Too Many Cooks' as we used to have it in our collection before selling it on. A framed example of this design was displayed in Chicester from the collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown 111. Many of the other lengths of fabric on display also feature in our own collection but as we rarely have the space to exhibit them it was good to see their visual impact in full force.
'Petal' Lucienne Day. This textile is for sale at Retropattern
No visit to Chichester should miss out the opportunity to see the stunning John Piper altar tapestry at the catherdral. This work together with a beautiful Sutherland painting and a Chagall stained glass window provide creative contemplation. Piper is another designer of textiles whose work we collect and researching these designers sends us to parts of the country and world where we see wonderful people and places.