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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Glasgow Weekend : Mostly Mackintosh

people make glasgow

Never having visited Glasgow before, I was delighted when Ann suggested a weekend visit to the city. Gosh! Mackintosh! His work is everywhere.  I was familiar with his flower paintings created during his time in Walberswick in Suffolk. Last year I read Esther Freud’s ‘Me and Mr Mac’ a fictionalised story of his time there.

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A 90-Minute Walk Around Renaissance Florence [Morning]

It seemed like a good idea on our first morning to follow the self-guided walk described in the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Florence and Tuscany Guide Book.

This walk takes in the Renaissance heart of the city and passes some of its greatest landmarks. Ideally it should be done early on in your visit to get a real feel for the place and if you incorporate a climb up Giotto’s Campanile, you will get a bird’s-eye view of the narrow streets, the characteristic red-tiled rooftops and the many towers that are not so easy to see from ground level.” Continue reading

The Arts & Crafts House in Newcastle and in Leeds

Back in the summer of 2015 on my drive down to Cornwall I was faced with a dilemma. Whether to visit the LAND sculpture created by Antony Gormley as part of the 50th birthday celebrations of the Landmark Trust and installed alongside the Stratford upon Avon Canal outside the Landmark property Lengthsman’s Cottage. Or whether to call in at Compton Verney House to view the exhibition “The Arts and Crafts House; then and now”. In the end the Landmark won the day.

Then earlier in January, I don’t remember how I came across it, I found that the Laing Gallery in Newcastle was showing the same exhibition until the 31st of the month. I knew I would get to see it and who I hoped would come with me. Continue reading

Remembrance : Rosanna’s Mosaic Poppies

My friend Rosanna posted this earlier in the week. The South Street Gallery is in Isleworth at 2 Shrewsbury Walk, Isleworth, TW7 7DE (020 8758 9177)
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
I also love Rosanna and Alan’s plans to walk The Capital Ring.

NOTE : Some of Rosanna’s photos don’t appear here so please click the link to the original post to see more!

Rosanna's Mosaics

P1050595For this Remembrance weekend I have made 3 poppy mosaics. They will be in the South Street Gallery as Lesley is having a special weekend event.

Here is a reminder of the fantastic poppy art installation that graced the Tower of London last year.  A stunning, moving display that will stay in the mind forever.

LONDON ACTIVITIES:  We have started to walk ‘The Capital Ring‘ which is a 78 mile route around London, divided into 15 sections. Walking through open spaces, nature reserves and woodlands, it passes numerous historic sights and places of interest.

Section 1: Woolwich to Falconwood. Starting by the river at Woolwich going towards the Thames Barrier, branching off into Maryon & Maryon Wilson Parks, past Charlton House, over Woolwich Common and Eltham Common before ascending Oxleas Meadows for spectacular views over London and a well deserved cuppa before catching the train home. A beautiful…

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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