Sidewall, "Oakleaf", 2004
Linoleum block-printed on paper. Gift of Marthe Armitage. 2005-26-2.
- Made by Marthe Armitage
What is this?
All-over pattern of oak leaves and acorns. Printed in deep blue on a white ground.
Why is this in our collection?
Oakleaf was designed and printed by Marthe Armitage of Chiswick, England. The paper is quite bold and shows the influence of William Morris in its wandering, all-over oak branch design. The paper was printed by linoleum block on a manual offset lithographic printing press. Armitage attended the Chelsea School of Art in the 1940s and was Master of the Art Workers’ Guild in 1993. The Art Workers’ Guild is a society of artists, craftsmen and designers founded in the 1890s, whose past Masters have included Morris, Walter Crane, and C. F. A. Voysey. She was inspired by William Morris, A. W. N. Pugin, and Edward Bawden. The flatness of her designs is especially reminiscent of Pugin and Bawden. Great Britain... more