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Explore the creativity of Denise Hoyle and Marianne Straub in 1950s-70s Essex through collage and textile design.

The exhibition explores the friendship and creativity of 20th-century textile designer Marianne Straub and artist Denise Hoyle, uniting their work for the first time.

Many elements brought Marianne and Denise together, including their shared European status: Marianne was from Switzerland and Denise from France. Enveloped in the creative atmosphere of Great Bardfield, the two women produced imaginative works of art and developed a strong friendship over many years.

This exhibition showcases the inventiveness of both artists working during the 1950s and 70s, following their friendship in rural Essex. Many of Marianne’s fabrics from the Warner Textile Archive collection will feature alongside Denise Hoyle’s private collection of collages, watercolours and ceramics.

The exhibition has been developed in conjunction with Warner Textile Archive and was opened by Emma Mason from the Emma Mason Gallery who helped deliver the exhibition by loaning the works by Denise Hoyle.


Warner Textile Archive

Silks Ways, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3GB

01376 316780


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Warner Textile Archive is open by appointment for Group Visits and Behind the Scenes Tours 2022

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