432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester
432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester
432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester
432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester
432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester
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432-8 H. Pratt, Manchester

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This gouache artwork was drawn up for H. Pratt of Manchester England in the 1970's.

The artwork measurement is 14 1/2" wide x 16" high 180 grm paper. It is offset to the left and mounted on a 16 1/2" wide x 21" high 250 grm surround which has the weave technicians hand written instructions.

The company was based on Stanley street in the historic Ralli Brothers building, a former cotton goods warehouse in the Manchester district of Salford. H. Pratt ceased trading in the 1990's
A Jacquard woven fabric design house, H. Pratt supplied design services to weavers. They worked on behalf of weavers in Lancashire and Yorkshire Mills and others around the World, transforming selected artwork into technical weaves on point papers. The technical point papers were then read to make perforated loom punch card which the end clients Jacquard machine 'read' to create the pattern in fabric or carpet. A slow process.

In an age before CAD, H. Pratt employed in house artists and jacquard design technicians. Their artists each had a specific hand/style and used traditional methods to paint scaled drawings to the clients brief. H. Pratt also sourced other art from selective free lance artists in the Manchester area. It is interesting to know that Design houses like H. Pratt also worked on artwork supplied by the Mills or sometimes artwork supplied by fabric wholesalers who used the same artwork at weavers with different fabric qualities.
Wherever the artwork came from, it is rare to see any of these creatives signing their work, a common practice in the textile industry that tried hard to keep talented recourses secret. Also, in an attempt to stop visitors to the design studio seeing competitors new designs in work, the end customers name was never written on work. Quite often there was just a client number reference on internal documents following the work through its various stages. So consequently it is no surprise that after this time lapse, we do not know who the individual artist was for this work!


However, the artwork was a part of an archive we purchased in 2004 that included work from Weaver Green and Kirk who were based in Waterloo Mills in Silsden, West Yorkshire. The H. Pratt company stamp is on the artwork plus the number 432 - 8".
So we can assume that H. Pratt's customer, client 432 was Green and Kirk. We also know that in the 1970's Green and Kirk operated Northrop shuttle looms with several harness and loom ties weaving fancy acetate and viscose warp stripes for 48" wide drapery and soft furnishings. Presumably some of their repeat ties were 8" wide!



The artwork measurement is 14 1/2" wide x 16" high 180 grm paper. It is offset to the left and mounted on a 16 1/2" wide x 21" high 250 grm surround which has the weave technicians hand written instructions.