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Barron and Larcher

The fine art training Barron and Larcher had received at art school served them well as textile designers. They also seemed to have an innate understanding of design in relation to the weight and handle of the numerous materials they used to print on. (No. 1)

While each of them designed blocks favouring either bold abstracts or floral motifs, Barron leant more towards strong geometrical patterns, while Larcher had a preference for plant and flower designs. Blocks were made of mahogany cut to a paper template and could be square or rectangular, but more often were shaped as the design dictated. (No. 2) Designs were then either cut directly into the wood, or into lino which was then mounted on wood and sometimes flocked to absorb the dye more easily. (No. 3, 4, 5, 6)

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