A retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden. The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist (1937–2015) who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian, Art Textiles takes a close look at the shibori dyeing techniques used by Clayden, revealing how simple methods can create complex, sumptuous effects.

Marian Clayden, Dip-Dye, 1970.

Marian Clayden, Dip-Dye, 1970. Raw cotton: folded, tie-dyed, dip-dyed, discharged. 210cm high. Photo © Roger Clayden


Exhibition Dates: 11 March – 17 April 2016
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays

Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability
£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
Children under 12 are free.

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