The Artist Textiles exhibition at London’s Fashion Textile Museum delves deeper into this relationship between fashion and art in an unprecedented way. The exhibit evokes an interesting dialogue with ‘democracy, art for the people’ as its undercurrent theme. It provides a unique view as a visual explanation on how ordinary people could participate and engage themselves with the modern art during its era: The 20th century.
The 20th century was one of the most revolutionary periods in history, politically, socially, culturally and artistically. Many artists engaged with the ever-widening democratic franchise through design for mass production, as an art form for the people, rather than the traditional one off work of art destined for an elite. Textile design provided the ideal vehicle for artists such as Picasso to directly touch the lives of ordinary people.
Curated by Geoff Rayner and Richard Chamberlain, the exhibits are the work of artists, not designers, and nearly all were mass-produced by industrial methods for commercial companies.