by Curator Amelia Peck (Author), Ms Carol Irish (Author), & 2 more
Candace Wheeler became the top late-nineteenth-century American textile designer by educating herself to match and eventually surpass the achievements of advanced European designers. She transitioned from needlework to fabric and interior design. She was a driving force behind the professionalisation of women in the design sector. She published influential books on decorating and was a driving force behind the professionalisation of women in the design sector.
This book includes a biographical narrative and a portfolio of over 100 designs by Wheeler and her partners for textiles, wallpaper, and other interior furnishings, that showcase her innovative and elegant style. Bold colours, intricate patterns, and luxurious materials characterised Wheeler’s designs. Various sources, including nature, art history, and cultural traditions worldwide inspired her work. Throughout her career, Wheeler advocated for greater recognition and respect for women in the design industry, paving the way for future generations of female designers. Her legacy inspires designers today, as her designs remain timeless examples of beauty and sophistication. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of design or the contributions of women to this field.
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