Friday, 2 September 2022

John Drummond master textile designer

We are thrilled to be auctioning in The Vintage Fabric Auction several John Drummond pieces to include "Isle", "Actium" 1958, "Naxos" 1960s, "Baiae" 1958, "Snipe" and "Sabines" 1958.

Baiae 1958

Snipe 1958

Sabines 1958

Sabines 1958

John Drummond (1920 - ) 

Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He served in India with the RAF during WWII.
On his return he studied Printed Textiles under Dora Batty at Central School of Arts & Crafts from 1947, gaining a National Diploma in Design in 1949.
John spent a year studying n Italy, France and Sicily on a Royal Society of Arts Bursary. He was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Royal College of Art in 1964. From the mid-1950s to the early 1970s he established a studio workshop producing designs for Cole's Wallpapers, Sanderson's, Heather Mills, Worth and Hull Traders.
John was design consultant for Rivington Carpets and Gaydon tableware. In the USA he designed for Katzenbach and Warren, Philip Graf, Louis W Bowen and Cabin Craft. He designed, painted and screen printed silk panels, murals and decorative glass panels for various institutions, including the Royal Garden Hotel and Vickers Mill Bank Tower in London, the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, the Civic Centre at Rochester, Kent and Pilkington Glass Factory at St Helen's. During this period he was part-time tutor at the Central School, Hammersmith Art School, St Martin's School of Art and he was senior tutor at the Royal College of Art.
John was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1968. Today, John Drummond still paints and is regularly exhibited in Britain and the USA

Hull Traders were formed in 1958 and won several awards for their fabric designs. All the designs were screen printed by hand using pigment dyes. Their aim was to produce short runs of avant-garde textiles. The fabrics were sold in their showroom off Oxford Street, London. Originally based in London they move to Trawden, Lancashire. 

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