Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics
Artist-Designers at Hull Traders
McCulloch set out to stimulate the senses through pattern, rhythm and colour. Steeped in the ‘hands-on’, technical processes of screen-printing, McCulloch found screen-printed textiles to be as exciting and as rewarding as fine art. He had a passion for dyes, a flair for graphic style and loved experimentation. With similarly free-ranging ambitions, Hull Traders was an ideal partner.
Doreen Dyall was a close friend of Shirley Craven’s, having met at the Royal College of Art. Dyall explored a variety of artistic styles form expressionistic ‘action’ paintings to the cartoon-style of Pop Art. Like Craven, she favoured large patterns and painted on the same scale as the finished textile.
Roger Limbrick was another RCA textile graduate and a friend of Shirley Craven. Limbrick’s textiles are both playful and thoughtful, and a means through which he explored changes in tone, texture, colour and size.
‘I experimented with different materials and tools to create effects, as I was not satisfied with the traditional processes of creating images.’ He said. ‘My designs sprang very much from my interest in surfaces and structures, both natural and man-made.’