Co-authored by Michal Silver (Christopher Farr Cloth co-founder & Creative Director) this book is the story of two pioneering women, whose successful business lasted from 1923 until the outbreak of World War II.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Phylis Barron (1890 - 1964) and Dorothy Larcher (1882 - 1952) were at the forefront of a revival in hand block-printing in Britain. As designer-makers, they formed a unique partnership, producing innovative textiles and seeing the entire process through from beginning to end.
Using whatever materials they could muster, including fabric from balloon cotton to prison sheets and velvet, and everyday items such as combs and car mats for printing, Barron & Larcher pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved with predominantly natural dyes.
Nearly one hundred years on, Barron & Larcher’s work is back in production in another special collaboration between the Craft Studies Centre in Farnham, Christopher Farr Cloth and Ivo Prints. Through historic and contemporary illustrations, and text contributions from interior designer Kit Kemp and design writer Alan Powers, Barron & Larcher explores how the designer-makers built a hand-printed textile business that counted Coco Chanel and the Duke of Westminster among its clients.
“A design isn’t dozens of little objects, or hungry-looking rectangular windowpanes: it is something that becomes a design by repeating, giving you something that a single pattern doesn’t give you”
-Phyllis Barron, Dartington 1964
Barron & Larcher
Michal Silver & Sarah Burns
ACC Art Books