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20th June 2024

Joyce Clissold (1905-82) worked for Footprints while still a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where she later taught. She then managed the studio which, during its heyday in the mid-1930s, had up to 50 employees—mostly women—who came to work at Joyce’s home/studio in Brentford. As this writer says, "Apprentices learned to mix dyes and assist with printing while Joyce designed and carved most of the lino blocks" and the textiles were "narrative and jolly, their living quality enhanced by the slightly wonky block registration". Although the studio later suffered financial setbacks, Joyce carried on designing. This is her "Festival of Women" bandana (1957); the V&A has several of her designs.


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