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Celebrating the Centenary of ART DECO

Project for TEXERE Members

It was about 100 years ago that the "Art Deco" period started which also marked the beginnings of modern design or Modernism. It was a reaction against Art Nouveau by the avant-garde groups of artists in Europe starting in 1909 with the arrival in Paris of the Ballets Russes with its exotic costumes and scenery and the influence of Paul Poiret's innovative new fashions. It reached its zenith around the world in the interwar years, affecting every type of design and way of life including architecture, interior design, graphic design, the decorative arts, fashion, transport, etc.
Art Deco was a retrospective term coined in the 1960's to denote the prevalent styles of this period, but each country had its own name for it and its own version of the style such as the 'Bauhaus' in Germany, 'The Futurists' in Italy, the 'World of Art Collective' in Russia, the Jazz Age in America and the Cubism movement which influenced artists all over Eastern and Western Europe. They epitomised the new modern way of life with its sharp geometric designs and bright colours seen in every aspect of modern living.

Design Brief
To celebrate this centenary we started a new TEXERE project in which members and/or their student groups from each country were asked to design and make scarves inspired by the designs of the Art Deco Period in their own country. The choice of scarves has been made with consideration to the ease of storage and transport costs.


  • Square: minimum size 60 cms square, maximum size 1 metre square
  • Rectangular: maximum size 1.60 x 0.50 metres.
Any textile technique may be used e.g. weaving, felting, printing, dyeing, batik, embroidery etc. or any combination of these techniques.

  • 5-11 March 2014 Jersey Textile Showcase, St. Aubin, Jersey. We have some Pictures from Jersey!
  • 12th-21st September London, Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, along with the CAMAC Textile Challenge, during the London Design Festival Week.
  • 13-16 May 2015 Hanny Spierenburg has kindly agreed that they may also be exhibited during the International Textile Quintennial in Leiden during which the ETN conference will take place.

Patricia Christy

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