15 January – 5 March 2011
Producing big, bold textiles in eye-popping colours, Hull Traders was a post-war design company based in Lancashire, which specialised in pop-tastic fabrics and furniture. Shirley Craven was the company’s leading designer and her abstract designs captured the exuberance of the swinging sixties.
Other famous artists who designed for Hull Traders included Eduardo Paolozzi, Ivon Hitchens and Althea McNish, Britain’s first and most distinguished textile designer of Afro-Caribbean descent.
This exhibition was the first retrospective of Hull Traders. It was a Hull Museums Exhibition and was curated by leading design historian Lesley Jackson, author of Shirley Craven and Hull Traders - Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980.