Seagulls textile design

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Artist: C.F.A. Voysey
Seagulls textile design, by C.F.A. Voysey. Watercolour. England, 1892. Birds were favourite pattern motifs of Voysey who depicted them frequently with affection and humour. Many of the species he depicted are identifiable from their outline, the way they perch on trees or take water. They also often assume individual identities - looking angry or purposeful. This Seagulls design depicts a group of birds bobbing on the surface of the sea. With just a few decorative swirls representing waves Voysey has produced a design of enormous energy and fun with the seagulls floating around clearly enjoying themselves. This was first displayed in the 1893 Arts and Crafts exhibition.


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About the artist
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C.F.A. Voysey

Charles Voysey was an architect, textile and furniture designer, born in Yorkshire in 1857. Regarded as one of the finest architects of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was also an accomplished furniture designer, creating purposefully simple, restrained and elegant pieces. His interest in interiors lead to success as a designer of wallpaper, fabrics, tiles, ceramics and metalwork. Voysey’s textile work shows the influence of William Morris, with similar principles regarding repeating patterns, and the use of botanical and animal imagery. His dense yet simple representations of the organic went on to influence the Modernist movement, who were inspired by his eye for purity of line, and an open and unfussy style.