Christchurch Mansion Ipswich 2003 Solo Exhibition

Interiors was a series of paintings, produced over a period of 8 eight years and inspired by a small sample of 18th century block printing.

Textiles with printed patterns grew increasingly popular for clothing and furnishings in Britain from the middle of the 18th century. The range and quality available to customers was constantly widening through innovations and refinements in production methods for the spinning and weaving of cotton thread, which improved the quality of English cotton available to the textile printers. Fine and easily draped fabric was well suited to the softer, less structured style of women's dress developing in the 1780s.

Wood blocks were used to print multi-coloured dress and furnishing fabrics. For this example the colours were built up with a series of blocks carrying madder dye with different mordants (substances which fixed the dye) to produce the shades required. Blue and green (blue over yellow) were added by painting or 'pencilling' indigo onto the fabric with a brush. 

Clare Browne, curator in the V&A's Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.