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Sue Timney and the design of Timney-Fowler

16 November 2010

Exhibition open 19 November 2010 – 25 April 2011

The Fashion and Textile Museum is pleased to announce the new exhibition, “Sue Timney and the design of Timney-Fowler” is now open until the 25th April 2011.

Sue Timney is the celebrated designer whose company, Timney-Fowler, is best known for its distinctive graphic black and white imagery. It is also one of a rare breed of design companies whose work flows effortlessly between fashion and interiors. Sue left the Royal College of Art in 1979 after which she formed Timney-Fowler with Grahame Fowler. Sue and Grahame collaborated with designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, producing fashion and fabric concepts for their labels. They also developed several Timney-Fowler clothing and product licences around the world.

2010 is the 30th anniversary of Timney-Fowler and this exhibition will follow both Sue's career as a designer, her work with Timney-Fowler and her latest projects. This will feature some unique and exclusive material in an exciting, bold display developed in collaboration with Sue.

The exhibition will explore the creative pathway Sue has taken as a designer through her 30 year career as well as examining the history and themes of this world-recognised name, from the first fabrics created from Sue’s college work to her current individual designs. It will feature key signature pieces such as black Neo-classical heads, 19th Century cast iron railing designs and the clock face design which have become an iconic symbol of the brand; pages from Sue’s sketchbooks; hand-printed short-run fabrics that featured in her original Portobello Shop and examples from the ceramics range.

Sue Timney is a relentless gatherer and borrower of imagery and her work reflects a range of influences from street art to Japanese calligraphy, tribal marks to children’s drawings.

Her work is also a reflection of her upbringing in an army family that travelled the world where she was strongly influenced by the discipline and regimented approach of that life which was coupled with the creativity of her own father who was a keen photographer. This straddling of discipline and creativity has allowed her to produce work where she is able to take the marks and drawings she creates as art work and translate them into repeats that allow them to be transformed into impactful wallpapers and fabrics.

The exhibition will chart Sue’s journey from her early work that was monochromatic to later designs where she included colour, photographic printing and mixed prints. Set against a special backdrop created by Sue, it will bring the FTM alive including a wall of fabrics and samples; products; scarves and shirts bearing her distinctive designs. It will be a must for anyone interested in the artistic design process.

Speaking about her work Sue said "I don’t think that there was ever a time when it didn’t matter to me what my surroundings looked like. They matter, and have always mattered, in the same way that my appearance and what I wear has always mattered.... Even as a child growing up I learned that you could customize everything."

Sue Timney's client list demonstrates her appeal to fellow creatives and includes such names as Ringo Starr, Alan Rickman, Billy Connelly, Paul Smith, Elton John, Betty Jackson, Duro Olowu, Miranda Richardson and Stella McCartney.

There will be a handout to accompany the exhibition and also a new book 'Sue Timney: Making Marks & The Design of Timney Fowler', published by Pointed Leaf Press as a monograph, for sale at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

To tie in with the exhibition the Shop@FTM will be selling a range of exciting new merchandise including some limited edition scarves by Sue Timney and other exhibition related products and there is also a packed programme of talks and workshops that relate to the exhibition. www.suetimney.com

Notes to Editors

Further information, images, interviews and exclusive features on the different elements of 'Sue Timney and the design of Timney-Fowler' are available.

The exhibition is staged by the Fashion and Textile Museum and runs from the 19th November 2010 – 25th April 2011

Exhibition opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. Last admission 5.15pm.

Ticket prices are £7.00 for adults, £4.00 for students and concessions, free entry for under 12s

For further information about FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org

Press enquires please contact:
Alison Lowe- Press Officer
Felicities Ltd representing the Fashion and Textile Museum
Email: alison@felicities.co.uk
Tel: 0207 377 6030

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