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The Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates 30 years of Interior Designer Sue Timney

Hop down to The Fashion and Textile Museum for a vibrant insight into the design process of Timney-Fowler

Written by Sally Mumby-Croft

Illustration by Gareth A Hopkins

Upon walking into Sue Timney’s retrospective at the Fashion and Textile Museum, the viewer is greeted by the almost blinding black and white pattern that Sue’s company in collaboration with Grahame Fowler: Timney-Fowler is best known for. The relationship between Timney’s application of pattern and Op art are undeniable, the entire exhibition acts as an homage to one of the most vibrant elements of painting in Modern Art’s history.

The main room of the exhibition is dominated by an explosion of chairs, reminiscent of what Alice’s fall through the rabbit hole would have looked like if crossed with Beetlejuice. The ideas, sketches and prints of Timney-Fowler adorn both the walls of the Fashion and Textile Museum as well as the products produced by the company (everything from pencil cases to china).

Illustration by Avril Kelly

The vibrancy of Pop Art’s interpretation of household objects inspired the reoccurring motif of everyday objects, with some of the prints being described as “a design stream of consciousness” and “an extension of the sketchbook into an individualist statement.”

Upstairs, the exhibition wonderfully included Timney’s sketchbooks, personally nothing is more insightful than a glimpse into an artist’s sketches. Timney’s interpretation of the history of modern art within her designs preempts the recent revival of designers using specific artists within their catwalk collections.

Timney’s incredible application of print to all objects belies her background in sculpture and printmaking, which was in fact the rather wonderful sounding Interdisciplinary Tapestry Course, sadly as the Government’s proposed cuts land on Universities doorsteps, technicians and idiosyncratic courses will be one of the first things cut by Art departments.

Illustration by Alia Gargum

This exhibition is a wonderful insight into the progress of Sue Timney from artist to product design to interior designer and for anyone intrigued by the process of artistic design.

My visit last week to the vibrant and incredibly innovative Sue Tinmey exhibition at Fashion and Textile Museum compounded my sense of the cuts to Higher Education teaching -the Humanities in particular- the Government intend to make are incredibly shortsighted, for they fail not only to take into account the continual impact these graduates have on the economy, but they appear to place all importance on quick money making results rather than on a through education.

Sue Tinmey and the design of Timney-Fowler is at the Fashion and Textile Museum until 25th April 2011.

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