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Lucienne Day

Lucienne’s textiles had always demonstrated an appreciation of the relationship between architecture and design. Through her silk mosaic commissions for specific interiors, such as the new John Lewis department store at Kingston-on-Thames designed by Ahrends Burton and Koralek, she was able to address these issues more fully and directly than ever before. Lucienne’s two hangings for this interior, Aspects of the Sun (1990) and Islands (1991), were her largest and most ambitious silk mosaics. The seascape-inspired Islands was made up of twelve individual hangings, while Aspects of the Sun was a giant six-part piece measuring 14 feet in height, exploring the theme of solar eclipse.

Lucienne’s silk mosaics were regularly featured in exhibitions, notably in two solo shows in the Lyttleton Gallery at the National Theatre in 1981 and 1991. They were also included in an important retrospective exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester in 1993 covering her entire career. 

Lucienne Day with small silk mosaics, Cheyne Walk, 1997/98
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