Next year’s Lucienne Day centenary is being celebrated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation with a number of events, exhibitions, talks and press articles. Their Digital Archive, which was developed and is maintained by Bound Book, contains some 3,800 images of the history of the Day’s designs and lives, many of which will be needed to illustrate and inform the celebration.
The Day Foundation is gradually increasing their collections of images, particularly where there are gaps, and in May 2016 embarked on a major digitisation of Lucienne Day textile designs held by the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, which consist of production fabric lengths, and some rare tiny fragments, of her iconic 20th Century designs. Lucienne Day’s famous “Calyx” screen-printed furnishing fabric, originally manufactured by Heal’s, and ultra-modern “Chevron” screen-printed furnishing fabric, are represented in several colourways, as well as some lesser known but as impactful designs for teatowels and shirt fabric. The Whitworth’s textile collection also contains the unique “Horse’s Head” furnishing fabric, which was designed and hand-printed by Lucienne Day for her Royal College of Art Diploma Show in 1940. All of these images have now been catalogued and accessioned into the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Archive.
The Archive is private access only, to protect the Day’s designs, but with it the Foundation holds the most comprehensive image collection on the subject, and is in a position to provide images to researchers and writers in the pursuit of their organisational aims. You can find out more about the Foundation at their website www.robinandluciennedayfoundation.org.