Lucienne Day textiles exhibition at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery

Lucienne Day textiles exhibition at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery

This year marks the centenary of the celebrated textile designer's birth and among many events the mark the occasion is an exhibition of her work in Manchester

The influence of the work of Lucienne Day on textile design can't be overestimated - many companies take her designs as inspiration and update them - such as her Dandelion Clocks which has been reworked as a very successful design for Sanderson. See a great range of Day's abstract and colourful patterns in an exhibition at the Whitworth in Manchester. Called Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth, it runs from 14 April to 11 June. Learn more about the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

Lucienne Day, one half of the power couple of modern design whose work reinvigorated life from the '50s, is renowned as one of the 20th century's great pattern designers and colourists.

If you study her work it's not a surprise to learn she was a very keen gardener because plant and flower forms were the inspiration for many of her designs. And the exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, part of Manchester University, focuses on the horticultural influences that made Day's work so powerful, idiosyncratic and enduring.

Dandelion Clocks - looks familiar anyone?
Calyx - Day designed a lot for Heal's in the '50s
John Lewis has a range of cushions in Lucienne Day designs - including Dandelion Clocks. 50x50cm cushion £50
At work in the '50s. Lucienne Day died in 2010
Spectators fabric
It's Nice That
Day designs are abstract and show huge skill with colour
Flotilla, designed for Heal's in 1952. Printed on linen union

*The show is part of the gallery’s GROW project that promotes the benefits of taking part in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing. Local groups and individuals who're experiencing social isolation or dealing with issues around mental health will work with Lucienne's daughter Paula Day to select works to display from the Whitworth’s extensive archive of her mother's designs.

Lucienne Day died in 2010. She was married for 68 years to furniture designer Robin Day.

The Whitworth exhibition runs from 14 April to 11 June.

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