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Join Marianne Straub's biographer, Mary Schoeser to discover the work of one of Britain's most influential designer-weavers.

Arriving in Bradford in 1932 to study power weaving, Swiss-born Marianne Straub (1909-1994) was to become one of Britain’s most influential designer and weavers. This talk is a chance to glimpse the creative output of a handweaver committed to well-made mass-produced textiles, one who remained active until her return to Switzerland in 1992.

Her biographer, Mary Schoeser, introduces the range of her work, including the cloths she designed for Gordon Russell Ltd. Some such as the Welsh tweeds first produced in the mid-1930s, remained favourites among the clients of the firm for over two decades, and Dick Russell is also known to have used them in his own home.

Joining Warner & Sons in 1950, she soon took up residence in Great Bardfield, Essex (where her immediate neighbours were Edward and Charlotte Bawden) and began teaching, latterly at the Royal College of Art. Among her freelance designs were those she produced for the London Underground, including one remaining in use on the Piccadilly Line until recently. An example of this, together with a small selection of other Straub cloths, will be available to examine on the evening.

Mary Schoeser is a freelance historian who has written extensively on the history of textiles. She has worked as a consultant archivist to numerous organisations, as well as on restoration, curatorial and research projects. She is President of the Textile Society and Patron of the School of Textiles, Coggeshall.

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Gordon Russell Design Museum

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