About this artwork
Linda Harper’s Mandarin (1966), a psychedelic Op Art paisley, combines the visual intensity of a swirling and fractured high-contrast, black-and-white pattern with violet and brown undulating, globular forms. The design exemplifies the textiles that the creatively oriented firm Hull Traders produced in collaboration with designers, such as Shirley Craven and Linda Harper, during the 1960s and 1970s. Overall, the extruded, entangled biomorphic forms resemble the flowing fluids of a lava lamp. These melting, shifting shapes and motifs set the stage for Shirley Craven’s Curtain Up (1970), another vibrant and mind-bending design.
Established in 1957, Hull Traders began as a firm dedicated to promoting the work of experimental designers in all media, but after two years shifted to focus on textile printing. Mandarin is an example of “A Time Present Fabric,” a special collection that Hull launched in 1960. The name references the firm’s early days, when they held exhibitions of artists’ works, in various media, that were called Time Present. The moniker comes from the T. S. Eliot poem “Burnt Norton,” and specifically the stanza “Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future, / And time future contained in time past.” With this clever, albeit esoteric word play, Hull Traders emphasized their modern approach to interiors.
- Currently Off View
- Linda Harper (Designer) , Hull Traders Ltd. (Manufacturer)
- United Kingdom (Artist's nationality), England (Object made in)
- Made 1966
- Cotton, satin weave; screen printed
- 267.7 × 128.3 cm (105 3/8 × 50 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Francesca Galloway Gallery in honor of Christa C. Mayer Thurman