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Robert Stewart mid century textiles revisited.

August 8, 2016

Robert Stewart was another amazing, mid century designer, and a contemporary of Lucienne Day (one of the few designers she admired!)

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A prolific worker, Stewart produced paintings, tapestries, graphics, ceramics and murals. Some examples here.

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Sun motifs seem to appear quite often in his work.

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Robert also taught for 35 years, from 1949, at Glasgow School of Art, rising to Head of the Design School and then Deputy Director of GSA. By all accounts he was, by nature, anti-establishment and he revolutionised the printed textile course. In a 1964 external audit report he was described as “the best teacher of printed textiles in the country”.

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It is his textile designs that have been the most influential, in particular those produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers in the 1950’s.

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Some of Robert’s beautiful designs are being produced today by Loome Fabrics.

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Don’t these designs just shout out fun and friendly messages : )

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Textile company Living Union talks here about how they also managed to bring Robert Stewart’s textiles and paintings to a contemporary audience. They certainly look amazing.

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Limited edition canvasses too.

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Thanks to the Glasgow School of Art for some help with the images in this post.















11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2016 7:57 pm

    Looking very contemporary. I’d go for those pillows in a flash.

  2. alibrookes permalink
    August 8, 2016 8:31 pm

    Pure joy! Wonderful colour palette, great textures and shapes, but my favourite image has got to be the fruit painting!

  3. August 8, 2016 8:43 pm

    These are fantastic! I’ve seen some of the images on the web before but they weren’t attributed to anyone. Good to have a name. Thanks for your research.

  4. boabee1 permalink
    August 9, 2016 3:23 pm

    I am a fan – superb.

  5. May 19, 2020 3:50 pm

    Great designs/ prints. I am researching someone called Kay Stewart who produced work in 1950s – just wondering if there might be a connection. A bit tenuous I know but can’t rule out any possibilities.

  6. August 31, 2022 12:10 am

    I was so privileged as Bob was my tutor at GSA.
    He was an inspiration along with Chuck Mitchell and Jimmy Cosgrove!!.
    I have been successful in my artistic life and owe much of it to Bob🤩.
    I am very lucky to own one of Bob’s original paintings.
    A huge influence on my life.
    Thank you Bob!!.

    • August 31, 2022 7:06 am

      What a joy to read your words Julienne, and how lovely to own a Robert Stewart original too 👍

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