Series DC 068/7 - Textiles by Sylvia Chalmers

Banner Table cloth Cushion cover (Version 1) Cushion cover (Version 2) "Isle of Iona" bag (Version 1) "Isle of Iona" bag (Version 2) Tote bag - thistle design Isle of Iona apron SWRI apron SWRI apron (PVC coated) Small garden motif bag (Version 1) Small garden motif bag (Version 2) Harrods apron Vegetables apron Raffles Coffee House apron (Version 1) Raffles Coffee House apron (Version 2) Tamdhu apron Apron with Scottish motifs Harrods 'Cooks Way' apron "Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness" apron Thistle design apron "Le Chef" apron Thistles design apron "Happy Birthday" apron "Happy Birthday" apron Wegen Curling Club apron Flower basket apron Noah's Arc placemat Green placemat 'Arabesque' placemat 'Braemar 1628' placemat 'Invercauld 15th Cent' placemat Floral pattern placemat Thistle placemat (Version 1) Thistle placemat (Version 2) Banded floral tablemat Thistle apron Scottish motif bag (Version 1) Scottish motif bag (Version 2) Birds placemat in orange Yellow floral placemat Garden motif bag (Version 1) Garden motif bag (Version 2) Isle of Muck kerchief 'Fantasy' kerchief "The Minster Church of St. Cuthberga, Wimborne Dorset" tea towel Christchurch tea towel Waltzing Waters tea towel Heart pattern tea towel The Glasgow School of Art tea towel
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DC 068/7

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Textiles by Sylvia Chalmers

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  • c1953-1990 (Creation)

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10 files

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Includes:
  • a collection of aprons
  • a collection of tote bags
  • a collection of placemats
  • a collection of tea towels
  • a collection of kerchiefs
  • a collection of curtains
  • a banner
  • a tablecloth, a collection of handkerchiefs, and a cushion cover.

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This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

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(c1928-2008)

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The Scottish designer Sylvia Chalmers was a contemporary of Lucienne Day. Chalmers was a student at the Glasgow School of Art in the late 1940s. She moved to London in 1951, where she designed fabrics for Heal's. She won three medals for her textiles designs shown at the Milan Triennale in 1954. In 1955 she founded her textile printing company in Scotland, Tuar Fabrics, which she ran for over 20 years, often selling her textile designs for fashion use to Elizabeth Eaton.

In 1976 Chalmers purchased Blacknest House at Thornhill in Dumfriesshire and converted the out-buildings into a design and production complex. In recent years twelve of Chalmers' textile designs from the 1950s and 60s have been digitally reproduced by the Centre for Advanced Textiles at Glasgow School of Art, making her designs available to buy once more. Her influential and distinctive designs have been discussed in several recent publications including "V&A Pattern: The Fifties" (2009) and "Twentieth Century Pattern Design" (2011).

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GB 1694 DC 068/7

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GB 1694

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition

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Finding Aid Author/s: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections

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