Christopher Dresser Textiles
Recently I researched the history of wallpaper manufacture and learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser, (1834 – 1904), was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls on silver trays.
Recently I heard about a new book, hot off the presses. It’s about Dresser and his development of textile design.
Christopher Dresser. Textiles.
Author: Harry Lyons
Publisher: ACC Art Books
ISBN: 978 185149 882 6
The author has written a detailed account of the Aesthetic movement and the role that Dresser played. The text, which is loaded with facts, covers the importance of international exhibitions and how marketing affected the success of businesses in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Innovations in industrial processes changed the way commerce was conducted and Christopher Dresser was sought after for his expertise. In his later life he worked as a consultant to a number of well known manufacturers.
If you want to know more about the man there is a great deal of information to learn from this book. But, it’s the images that fascinate me. I know I’ll be dipping into the book regularly – the images show a startling range of patterns, and they’re simply beautiful. Anyone interested in design, fabrics, colour or pattern will find it inspirational.
(Thanks to Hannah Gooch and ACC Publishing Group who provided a copy of the book and images for this post.)