Real Dirty Blue

23 Feb 2016 – 1 Apr 2016

Event times

Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm (12noon – 5pm on Saturday)

Cost of entry


Lethaby Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • King's Cross underground

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This exhibition (co-curated with teaching staff from BA Textile Design) tells the story of a century of textile design at Central Saint Martins from the hand block printed textiles of the 1930s to more recent experiments in knitting, weaving, digital printing and laser cutting.


The focus of displays is on the process behind the finished pieces – the sketchbooks, prototypes and samples that show how the designer’s ideas have developed over time. The work of 26 designers is on show including teaching staff and students from 1927 to 2015.

The title of the exhibition ‘Real Dirty Blue’ comes from a recipe in a dye book featured in the CSM Museum & Study Collection. The book, written by a student who went on to run her own printing workshop in the 1930s. The CSM Museum and Study Collection collects work by staff, students and alumni and reveals a long tradition of innovative practice.


Howard Asher, Laura Baker, Ann Bristow, Philippa Brock, Susan Campbell, Joyce Clissold, Malcolm Cocks, Carole Collet, Eileen Ellis, Linda Florence, Skye Gwillim, Mary Harper, Rosemary House, Rebecca Hoyes,  Jessica Hymas, Sue Jenkyn Jones, Elina Kopola, Derek Lawlor, Anne Marr, Jaimee McKenna,  George Morgan, Elaine Ng, Claire O’Brien, Harriet Rose Paynter, Jo Pierce, Stephanie Rolph, Emma Rickards, Nadia-Anne Ricketts, Rebecca Skelton, Anne Smith, Lorna Smith, Studio Houndstooth, Priti Veja & Marta Velasco Velasco

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