eric ravilious, design for a mug to commemorate the coronation of Edward VIII 1936, pencil & wash, V&A Museum Eric Ravilious, Design for a mug to commemorate the coronation of Edward VIII 1936, pencil and wash, Victoria & Albert Museum eric ravilious, design for wedgwood 'Alphabet' mug, 1937, watercolour on paper reric avilious, 'Boat Race Day' bowl 1938, Wedgwood pattern book eric ravilious, 'boat race day' vase, 1938 eric,ravilious, design for textile, showing building at Castle Hedingham, 1941 Eric Ravilious, Commander of a Submarine looking through a Periscope, ‘Submarine Series’ 1941, lithographs on paper, 280 x 320mm, Imperial War Museum Eric ravilious, Different Aspects of Submarines, ‘Submarine Series’ 1941, lithographs on paper, 280 x 320mm, Imperial War Museum Comment View full size 1028×908 Eric Ravilious, High Street (cover). Written by J. M. Richards, Lithograph, published by Country Life, 1938 Eric ravilious, test card for Dunbar Hay 1937

 English artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was a most accomplished painter, muralist, illustrator, printmaker and graphic designer of books, ceramics (for Wedgwood) and glass (for Stuart), using a delicate graphic aesthetic and unique colour sensibility. In 1939 he became an official war artist, depicting airforce and naval activities, including gorgeous studies of submarine life. In 1942, Ravilious went out with an airborne patrol to search for a missing aircraft, never to return himself. Check out Alan Powers’ beautiful book on Ravilious, ‘Eric Ravilious, Imagined Realities‘, published by  I.B.Tauris, which you can flip through in an Issuu edition below. See my previous post on him here, here and here. I also created an homage to him, incorporating one of his book covers in a collage, here

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Pat Albeck

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If you lived in the U.K. between the 1950’s and the 1990’s, you might very well have had one of Pat Albeck‘s ubiquitous designs in your home. As the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs says of her, “Born in Hull, Pat went to art school there when she was 16. In 1950, she earned a place at The Royal College of Art to study textile design and moved to London. As Britain emerged from the austerity of the war years, Pat began her career designing bold and exciting fabrics for the fashionable dress design company of the time, Horrocks. In the 60 years that have followed, her designs have graced pottery, paper, furnishing fabrics as well as over 300 tea towels – a record which has brought her the unofficial title ‘Queen of the Tea Towel’ “. Her words of wisdom to designers are “Never do anything just because you think it’ll sell. Do what you like and what you would buy”. She’s also the mother of painter/designer/writer Matthew Rice (see my post on him here), and mother-in-law of ceramicist and business woman Emma Bridgewater. Listen to a Desert Island Disc interview with Albeck here and an interview with her in The Guardian