‘Avis’, Marion Dorn (designer), Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturer), Carlisle, England, c.1939, rayon, spun rayon and cotton, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Marion Dorn came to England from San Francisco in the early 1920s. Once in England, Dorn worked as a textile designer, carrying out commissions for a number of reputable reputable patrons - she designed fabrics for London hotels such as Claridges and the Savoy, and for the ships Orion and the Queen Mary. In 1934, Dorn set up her own firm at Bond Street in London.
Edinburgh Wavers was set up in 1929 as an experimental design and marketing unit of the Morton Sundour Fabrics firm. The firm became known for its avant-garde, artist designed woven textiles. This example, showing a repeating pattern of tessellating birds, is therefore a result of collaboration between designer and manufacturer.