Gwen design.pdf

2019-05-20T08:18:37Z (GMT) by Lara Mantell

This project is part of Ceres Artists in Residence at The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA). The aim of the residency was to use objects from MoDA's collection as a starting point for exploration of natural prints and dyes with the aim of raising the awareness of sustainability in design research.


Gwen design

Design inspired by a 1930’s Christmas card design, called Winter Afternoon, by the artist Gwen White.


2 colour repeat, with overprinting and papercut out details.


Gwen design is one of my responses to a 1930’s Christmas card design, called Winter Afternoon, by the artist Gwen White. The pattern is inspired by strong shadows, furrows of the ploughed field, and stark shapes of the trees.


The design can be repeated as a block repeat.


The images show the design printed in three different colourways, and the artwork for the screen positives:

1 Silk: Chlorophyllin, Soda Ash, Madder, Citric, Indigo, Buckthorn, Logwood, Fustic

2 Linen: Madder, Brazilwood, Fustic, Logwood.

3 Silk: Rust dye. Brazilwood, Logwood, Citric, Buckthorn, Elderberry

4 Artwork to be transformed into screen print positives.


The design is printed, steamed to fix the dye-pastes, and washed by hand. After steaming and washing out the dye colours change in brightness and intensity.