Birds – the [common] thread #2

Marion Dorn - Birds

It’s another take on an avian species for this month’s [common] thread, but birds are an ever popular choice for a motif and Marion Dorn’s are just fabulous.

The birds in Birds (screen-printed cotton, 1936) swoop this way and that for a gloriously cheery and carefree summertime pattern. It’s also one of our greeting cards – we just love it.

Marion Dorn herself was born in the US, before making a name for herself as a designer in the UK. She married Edward McKnight Kauffer – the designer behind some of London Transport’s most iconic posters – but also received her own commissions to produce designs for London Underground trains, creating the recognisable ‘Colindale’ leaf in the 1930s.

As ever, find out more in this month’s newsletter.

Birds

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