Tibor Reich : Centenary Retrospective at The Whitworth

Colour Montage

Colour Montage of Printed and Woven Textiles : Tibor Ltd.

My friend’s father was very keen on the work of Tibor Reich and had introduced Reich’s work to his daughter. I was happy to accompany her to visit the retrospective of Reich’s work at The Whitworth Gallery at The University of Manchester today.

fabric designs

Poppies design; Shanyi, Anna

There is also a large collection of his work at The University of Leeds and in 2009 we also visited an exhibition there :

The Tibor Reich Collection consists of several thousand woven and printed textile samples designed by Tibor Reich, who studied textile technology and design at the University, and his associates. In 1946 he formed a company based near Stratford-upon-Avon trading as Tibor Ltd. and set up a small weaving studio at Clifford Mill.

Stratford Mill

Clifford Mill, Stratford Upon Avon

During his long and distinguished career he manufactured both woven and printed furnishing fabrics for both contract and domestic users. Clients included the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Cunard, British Airways, the Lotus car company, G-Plan and Ercol furniture.


The greater part of this collection is on loan from the family, who have established the Tibor Reich Trust.” [ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles]

hanging display

Tibor Reich: 29 January – August 2016

Tibor Reich was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1916. He studied architecture and textiles in Vienna before moving to Britain in 1937. In 1946 he set up Tibor Ltd, introducing bright new colours and textures into the drab interiors of post-war Britain. The firm rapidly gained an international reputation working on commissions for the Festival of Britain, Expo ‘58 and Concorde.
The current exhibition explores the ideas behind his innovative textiles, photography, ceramics and drawings.


History of Shapes

Tigo-ware drawings

Tigo-Ware Drawings 1953-56

[Combining his interest in surface pattern with ceramics, Tibor used these drawings for his pottery range named ‘Tigo-Ware’. Pieces were named after Hungarian places and often featured comical characters]

Tigo Ware

Tigo-Ware Ceramics

Tigo pottery

Tigo-ware designs later made by Denby

Reich home drawings

Drawings for his new home

Reich sitting room

Photo of the Reich Living Room

Our summing up of the show was that it had been well curated with notes and labels and a variety of media on display; it showed off the work to great advantage with very few exhibits under glass and one of the most striking things about Tibor’s work displayed here was that, due to the great popularity of all things vintage these days, it no longer looks old-fashioned or dated. The colours, as fresh today as in the 1950s, must have been quite mind-blowing during the post-war posterity years of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Madison Blanket

A Madison Blanket


Age of Kings Fabric

Diary drawings

Diary Drawings – Leeds and London 1937

Colouring in

Colouring in shapes – popular again today!


Doodle around a piece of postage stamp perforation


Glasgow Weekend : The Remains

In addition to all the Mackintosh connections in Glasgow we found time to explore the permanent collections at both the Hunterian and the Kelvingrove Galleries; to visit Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis and enjoy a session at Glasgow’s Annual Book Festival “Aye Write“. The festival takes place in the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe’s largest public libraries, which has been one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks since it opened in 1911.


Waterstones Pop-up Shop at The Mitchell Library

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Monastery Music in Manchester


in the monastery

Earlier this year my friend Betty told me about her trip to The Monastery in Manchester. I had never heard of it but as soon as I read on the website :

Manchester’s magnificent Monastery is Pugin’s architectural masterpiece. It sits alongside the Taj Mahal and the ancient ruins of Pompeii as having been listed in the 100 most endangered sites in the world, with a rich heritage that should never be lost.Continue reading

Tiger, Mog, Pink Rabbit and More : The Jewish Museum, London

Kerr leaflet

On Sunday I met my sister, who was visiting me in London for the day, at the Jewish Museum, in Camden. As her train was somewhat delayed and she had had to leave the train at Stratford instead of Liverpool Street we had only a limited amount of time to look round. We chose to visit the current temporary exhibition on the third floor :Pink_Rabbit_home_page_920x265__false__true

and then quickly work our way through the History: A British Story section on the second floor. While I was waiting I spent time on the ground floor looking at the crowd-sourced Sacrifice displays. Continue reading

Rothenstein’s Relevance at The Ben Uri Gallery

RR poster

In January 2014 I visited the Ben Uri Gallery in north London and today I was back there again.  It’s very fortuitous that I happen to be dog-sitting again when another excellent show is on at the Gallery. Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945) was born in Bradford and attended Bradford Grammar School and was a very significant figure in the art world in the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading

Port Eliot Festival Revisited

Last year I was very happy to attend The Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall as one of Lynne’s team in the Dovegreyreader tent. At the time I decided that I’d be back again this year as a visitor and see more of what was on offer. I mentioned this to three friends and we all decided to book a cottage in Cornwall for the week and spend at least one day at the Festival. Not long after, the National Trust Cottage ‘Harbour View’ at Boscastle was booked for the week 31st July to 7th August and day tickets bought for the Festival for Saturday 1st August.

Harbour View

Harbour View at Boscastle

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