Design, perforated by Francis Johnston for Vicars & Poirson

Design, perforated by Francis Johnston for Vicars & Poirson

Design, perforated by Francis Johnston for Vicars & Poirson
England, London
1930-1950
Museum no. AAD/2001/1/1

This design of Tudor roses amidst intertwining foliage is an example of a final perforated design. It shows the holes punched through the paper by a perforation machine. The perforated copy was  placed onto a textile and a blue powder was then pounced through the holes. This pouncing transferred the design to the textile which was then sprayed with methylated spirits to set the powder and thus the design onto the textile. None of the designs in the  group related to the ‘Havant’ pattern, are pricked and pounced for transfer, perhaps because they were kept as records. There are many perforated designs amongst the Francis Johnston archive at the V&A’s Archive of Art and Design. Numerous perforated copies were needed. The process was labour intensive and the more successful the design the more labour was needed from the designer to produce additional, perforated copies.