An AUB exhibition celebrating the pioneering work of designer Lucienne Day has gone international after opening in Ireland
Co-curated by AUB’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Emma Hunt and Lucienne’s daughter, Dr Paula Day, the show will run for the next two months.
Lucienne Day: Living Design tells the story of her career unfolding in a sequence of photographs drawn from the archives of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation.
The touring exhibition was given its debut in TheGallery at AUB last year and it was launched today (July 19) in Dublin Castle’s Coach House Gallery.
A design historian, Professor Hunt says Lucienne Day is “arguably the most important and influential female textile designer of the last century and she continues to inspire today”.
She said: “Lucienne Day firmly believed in democratising design and her abstract prints hung in every ‘contemporary’ living room in Britain by the middle of the 20th century.
“She championed the importance of female visibility in a largely male-dominated profession.
“The exhibition celebrates the centenary of Lucienne’s birth and comes to Dublin in the year of another important centenary that of women’s suffrage in the UK and Ireland.”
It features “Too Many Cooks”, one of the most loved designs by Lucienne for a series of tea towels produced for the Irish Linen company Thomas Somerset.
The photographs exhibited show her Diploma show as a textile student at the Royal College of Art and lead up to her breakthrough at the Festival of Britain in 1951.
They also demonstrate Lucienne’s prolific output of patterns for furnishing and dress fabrics, table linen, carpets, wallpapers and ceramics for numerous British companies between the 1950s and 1970s.
Also on display are twelve large scale reissues of her most captivating textile designs.
The exhibition will be open daily between 10am and 5pm – it will run until September 15 and entry is free.