New collection at Mary Evans: Tanya Atkinson textile designs

fabric designs

With Spring now within touching distance, it feels appropriate to introduce a brand new contributor to the Mary Evans fold that has more freshness than your favourite fabric conditioner.

Tanya Atkinson was a textile designer working during the 1950s, and we are delighted to offer her range of over 150 patterns for licensing. Created using a mainly pastel palette of greens, blues and yellows with occasional deeper tones, motifs draw from nature and the abstract, and sum up a collection that is both nostalgic but with the potential to work brilliantly for contemporary applications. Scarves were a hugely popular fashion accessory during this period and it’s clear that a number of Tanya’s designs, worked symmetrically within a square frame, were intended exactly for that purpose.

While we often share collections that record history photographically, we strongly believe in the importance of material culture, and that archives such as this are just as important at evoking time and place. We think the delicate and elegant designs in this mid-century collection would make a wonderful range of stationery or merchandise, but equally feel it has potential for all kinds of uses from end papers to magazine layouts.

To put a spring in your step, click here to view the full collection.

Mary Evans Picture Library newsletter – 16 March, 2021.
Picture credit: original textile designs ©The Tanya Atkinson Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library