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Phyllis Barron

Soon after her return, Larcher went to stay in the Cotswolds with her friends, William and Eve Simmonds. (No. 1) William was a puppeteer and sculptor working in wood and occasionally ivory, and Dorothy shared with Eve a love and skill for embroidery. (No. 2, 3, 4) It was in their home at Far Oakridge that Larcher was first to see an early example of Barron's hand-blockprinted textiles. She was instantly attracted to the piece of indigo-dyed cotton discharge printed with Lizard, that Eve had purchased from Barron's first exhibition in 1917.(No. 5) Back in London Larcher went to visit the Brook Street Gallery where she saw more of Barron's hand-blockprinted textiles. A meeting was arranged, and subsequently Larcher joined Barron's studio in Hampstead.

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