KAPLAN, 1961

115 x 120.5cm
Hull Traders


The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution, Lesley Jackson, Phaidon, 1998
20th Century Pattern Design: Textile & Wallpaper Pioneers, Lesley Jackson, Mitchell Beazley, 2002
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture, 1957-1980, Lesley Jackson, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2009
Pattern Design, Elizabeth Wilhide, Thames & Hudson, 2018


Shirley Craven and Hull Traders – Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2009; King’s Lynn Arts Centre, 2010; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 2011


The Victoria & Albert Museum
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester




Shirley Craven [ 1934 - Present ]

Born in Hull in 1934, Shirley Craven studied art at Hull College of Art and The Royal College of Art, 1955-58. In 1959, aged 25, she started work at Hull Traders.In 1963, she became Chief Designer and a Director of the firm, where she worked for nearly two decades. In 1960,Design Magazine described the company as having a ‘high reputation for producing adventurous and exciting designs’.

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