Mary White was known for several iconic textile prints of the 1950s. She studied textile design at Thanet School of Art and Crafts and worked with the design studio of David Whitehead. White was designing during the same period as British textile designer, Lucienne Day. Her textiles were also commissioned for RMS Queen Mary and Heathrow Airport. White drew on the work of William Morris, books of flowers and the countryside where she grew up, to create hundreds of designs in her career. Some of her most famous creations were Coppice, Cottage Garden and Zinnia commissioned for Liberty and Heals. Many of White’s designs are held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Warner Textile Archive in Essex and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

Mary White