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8th May 2024

The Whitworth exhibition, which is open until May 2025, focusses on Shirley Craven, but the V&A also has many of her designs and others for Hull Traders Ltd. In 1959 the company was taken over by Peter Neubert and started trading under the name of Time Present Fabrics with an egg-timer logo (this is one of their strikingly modern 1960s sample books). It was committed to hand screen-printing which enabled short runs and experimentation with pigment dyes and deep colours. This in turn attracted talented artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi as well as the bright, young textile designers recruited from art colleges. 

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