Learning Index >> Hand-blockprinted Textiles: Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher

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2002.13.205-206
 
      
 
      
 

Robin Tanner (1904-1988), etcher and educationist, was a founding trustee of the Crafts Study Centre when it was formed in 1970. (No. 1) Together with his wife Heather (1903-1993), he not only presented the Centre with the Barron and Larcher collection of hand-blockprinted textiles, blocks, garments, samples and papers which Phyllis Barron had bequeathed to Robin, but also gave much of their own collection of work by leading British artist-craftspeople of the twentieth century. (No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) This largely comprised furniture, woven and printed textiles and ceramics which they had acquired to furnish Old Chapel Field, the characterful home they created together in Kington Langley, Wiltshire from 1931 onwards. Later that decade, the couple were joined by Dietrich Hanff (1920-1992), a young Jewish boy fleeing Nazi Germany, who was to live with them for the rest of his life.

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