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Mandarin

A work made of cotton, satin weave; screen printed.

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  • A work made of cotton, satin weave; screen printed.

Date:

1966

Artist:

Designed by Linda Harper (British, active 20th century)
Manufactured by Hull Traders (1957-1980), London then Trawden, Lancashire

About this artwork

Linda Harper’s Mandarin (1966), a psychedelic Op Art paisley, combines the visual intensity of a swirling and fractured high-contrast, black-and-white pattern with violet and brown undulating, globular forms. The design exemplifies the textiles that the creatively oriented firm Hull Traders produced in collaboration with designers, such as Shirley Craven and Linda Harper, during the 1960s and 1970s. Overall, the extruded, entangled biomorphic forms resemble the flowing fluids of a lava lamp. These melting, shifting shapes and motifs set the stage for Shirley Craven’s Curtain Up (1970), another vibrant and mind-bending design.

Established in 1957, Hull Traders began as a firm dedicated to promoting the work of experimental designers in all media, but after two years shifted to focus on textile printing. Mandarin is an example of “A Time Present Fabric,” a special collection that Hull launched in 1960. The name references the firm’s early days, when they held exhibitions of artists’ works, in various media, that were called Time Present. The moniker comes from the T. S. Eliot poem “Burnt Norton,” and specifically the stanza “Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future, / And time future contained in time past.” With this clever, albeit esoteric word play, Hull Traders emphasized their modern approach to interiors.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

Linda Harper (Designer) , Hull Traders Ltd. (Manufacturer)

Title

Mandarin

Places

United Kingdom (Artist's nationality), England (Object made in)

Date

Made 1966

Medium

Cotton, satin weave; screen printed

Dimensions

267.7 x 128.3 cm (105 ⅜ x 50 ½ in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Francesca Galloway Gallery in honor of Christa C. Mayer Thurman

Reference Number

2021.411

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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