Anna Maria Garthwaite

Born in 1690, Anna Maria Garthwaite was an independent textile designer working in Spitalfields, London. She was one of the leading pattern drawers for the English silk industry. I love patterns and prints and think my own pieces are just lots of little porcelain pieces which make up patterns on my desk. Imagine my delight when I came across these images of her watercolour designs and finished silk fabrics in the V&A museum archives. Her surviving floral designs are now held at the V&A and I would love to see them in person one day but for now these images will give me plenty of inspiration..

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