Review alastair morton and edinburgh weavers visionary textiles and modern art lesley jackson va publishing 352pp 45 reviewed by penny laughton. Lesley jackson is a writer curator and design historian specializing in twentieth century design she has written widely on post war design and has published several books on textiles including robin and lucienne day 2001 20th century pattern design 2002 from atoms to patterns 2008 and shirley craven and hull traders 2009. This review first appeared in textile history 43 2 nov 2012 272 3 lesley jackson alastair morton and edinburgh weavers visionary textiles and modern artva publishing london 2012 352pp isbn 9781851776603 a book dedicated to the work of alastair morton and edinburgh weavers is long awaited. Edinburgh weavers was one of the most important textile companies of the twentieth century alastair morton visionary art director of the company commissioned a remarkable series of textiles from leading british artists including ben nicholson barbara hepworth and elisabeth frink as well artist designers such as marion dorn ashley havinden and lucienne day. Since our inception in 1928 edinburgh weavers has put concept and artistry first our most renowned director was alastair morton the third generation in the morton textiles dynasty inspired and tutored by his father and grandfather before him alastair took the reins in 1931 and boldly set out to fuse textiles and modern art
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