Thursday, 23 June 2011

Anyone for cricket?

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, ST41

Today is National Cricket Day on Thursday 23rd June. It's not part of a ploy by the country's cricketing authorities to get us all to pick up a bat - it is actually aimed at schools and is part of the Chance to Shine campaign, providing cricket themed lessons and coaching.

All this talk of cricket reminds me of a 1950s printed textile we have in the museum's collections depicting a landscape design of cricketing scenes. The gentlemen cricketers are shown demonstrating five batting and bowling positions - I wonder if the cricket stars involved in National Cricket Day will be coaching school kids the same positions?

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, SD19432

The textile is from the Silver Studio Collection and was designed by Lewis Jones who worked at the Studio from 1910 until his death in 1953.

Monday, 13 June 2011

In the summer holidays...

Did you ever have to write an essay at school, entitled "What I did in my summer holidays?"

The Silver Studio mostly designed wallpapers and textiles, but the collection also contains a small number of designs for book covers, including this one for a story called "In the Summer Holidays".  The design features three sweet-looking schoolgirls with skipping ropes; we don't have the book itself so we've no way of knowing exactly what they got up to with them!

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, SD1092

The author was Jennett Humphreys, and the book was published by Blackie and Son Ltd.  Blackie was a Glasgow firm, associated with the illustrator Talwin Morris and the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the influence of both of these can be seen in this book cover design.