Borderline has a lovely collection of mid-century hand block and screen prints from British designers such as Enid Marx. Marx (1902-1998) was an English textile designer, printmaker and illustrator. Best known for the fabrics she created for London Transport’s tube seats and the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme. Marx was the first ever female engraver to be awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry.

 

 

Published: 'The Pleasures of Pattern' by Alan Power. This is the first monograph on the work of the important British artist-designer Enid Marx and has been published to coincide with the launch of the exhibition Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, English Artist Designers. The exhibition is taking place at Compton Verney from 17th March to 9th June 2018.

 

Pages from 'The Pleasures of Pattern' Marx's studio in 1949. Borderline's 'Prunes' design in the background.
Wood engravings showing the intricacy and beautiful texture of Marx's early illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one not to miss: Enid Marx Print, Pattern and Popular Art at House of Illustration at Kings Cross until 23rd September.

 

 

Classic 'Stars' design available as both wallpaper and fabric in a range of colourways.
'Prunes' wallpaper in Sage.
'Zig Zag' Paprika Cream. A block effect chevron pattern, created in 1935 by Enid Marx.