hg 6259 Geometric Blues

hg 6259 Geometric Blues

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Article; Circles and Squares. HG6259-WP14630
This bright coloured gouache artwork was drawn up for Walbank and Parkin of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England in the 1970's. The company was a prominent Jacquard woven fabric design house that supplied design services to weavers around the World. They worked on behalf of weaving Mills 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.

In an age before CAD Walbank and Parkin 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. Walbank & Parkin also sourced other art from selective free lance artists. It is rare to see any of these creatives sign their work, a common practice in industry. The closest we can get to know who the artist was for this work is the company stamp on the back that registers this artwork as no. 14630
Walbank and Parkin ceased trading in 2006.

However, we do know that this original artwork was purchased by Herbert Green who were weavers in nearby Silsden, which at the time was still the UK's hotbed of jacquard weaving factories.

On the artwork which has a central wear and tear fold crease you will find the technicians pencil marks which specify prescribed weaves in areas of the artwork.
Herbert Greens production number is listed -ref des 6529 at the foot of the artwork along with the Jacquard machines thread settings.
The jacquard machine had 600 pattern hooks with a thread tie of 100 warp ends per inch and 28 weft picks per inch.

The artwork measurement is 14" wide x 17 1/2"" high 180 grm paper and it is mounted on a 16 1/2" wide x 23" high 250 grm card surround with the weave technicians hand written instructions at the bottom.