Margaret Leischner (1908 – 1970) German textile designer

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Margaret Leischner (1908 – 1970) was a German textile designer. She was born in Dresden and professionally active in London.

Education

She studied in Dresden and then at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927 to 1930.

Biography

She began teaching weaving at the Bauhaus in 1931. She worked at the Dresdener Deutsche Werkstatten in 1931, designing woven textiles, and was the head of the weaving department at the Berlin Modeschule from 1932 to 1936. She worked as the head designer for Gateshead, a British fabric manufacturer.

Between 1938 and 1944. She worked as a consultant designer for R. Grey and, for a short period, Fothergill and Harvey on car upholstery and radio baffle cloth from 1944 to 1950. She was the head of the weaving department at the Royal College of Art in London from 1948 to 1963. She was a consultant for Chemstrand’s Acrilan fibre and designed Tintawn sisal carpeting in 1959. In 1969, she was appointed as the Royal Designer for Industry.

  • Furnishing fabric of spun rayon, designed by Margaret Leischner
  • Fabric sample by Margaret Leischner
  • Sample of handwoven gauze of silk and cotton, designed and woven by Margaret Leischner at Bauhaus, Dessau, 1929-1930
  • Sample of handwoven double cloth of wool, silk and cotton, designed and woven by Margaret Leischner at Bauhaus, Dessau, 1929-1930
  • Furnishing fabric of jute and viscose, designed by Margaret Leischner, made by R. Greg & Co., Stockport, 1947

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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