Unnamed print (1919) by Winifred Mold for
Silver Studios, printed by Liberty.
Winifred Mold (1894-?)
Mold's croqui (painting) for the parasol print from the
MoDa Museum's collection
See a post by MoDa Museum Curator Zoë Hendon about women designers at Silver Studios here:http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/design/art373062
Mold as a woman designer was at a distinct disadvantage in the early 20th century. Silver Studios advertised for designers in 1899 warning "Ladies need not apply." She and a few other women hired in the teens were required to work from home. They never saw the male designers at work. Boss Rex Silver conducted meetings at their homes and discussed design by letter, many of which are in the MoDa Museum's archives, a great source material for textile historians.
Parasols continue to inspired textile designers.
Liberty Revisited, contemporary version of the
parasol print by Kaffe Fassett for Rowan
Benartex print from Lanterns
Loulouthi collection by Anna Maria Horner for
Another Kaffe Fassett parasol print for Rowan