In addition to the main exhibition, FTM is hosting a small but insightful display showcasing a selection of the work of the influential textile designer Jacqueline Groag.
Jacqueline Groag was probably the most influential textile designer in Britain in the post WWII era. Originally Czech, Groag studies textile and pattern design in Austria and during the late twenties and early thirties designed textiles for the Wiener WorkstÃ¤tte in Vienna. However, she and he husband were forced to flee to London in 1939 by the political situation in Europe.
This didn't stop her work and throughout the forties she was the leading designer of textiles in Britain. Much of the contemporary style of the textiles and wallpapers shown at the 1951 Festival of Britain were heavily indebted to her influential designs of the previous decade.
Her work and influence included large corporations and exclusive couturiers but was familiar to the general public through stores and companies such as John Lewis, Liberty of London, David Whitehead, Edinburgh Weavers, Sandersons, Wareite and Formica.
Jacquline Groag died in London in 1986 at the age of 83 and this small but insightful display provides a glimpse into the work of someone who was incredibly influential in shaping post-war design. The display is accompanied by a book Jacqueline Groag, Textile & Pattern Design: Wiener Werkstatte to American Modern.