Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Floral Watercolors & Textile Design

Over the past few weeks I’ve been really drawn to the watercolor studies of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (thanks for the heads up Nicolette!). Known mostly for his architecture and furniture design, I wasn’t aware of the work he created as a textile artist and water colourist. These pieces below are pulled from the online archive of the The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. What an inspiration…

~ Textile Design: Tulip and Lattice / pencil and watercolour on paper 39.8 x 28.8
~ Textile Design: Rose and Teardrop / pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper (recto) carbon ink (verso) 25.5 x 25.4

~ Textile Design: Stylised Chrysanthemums 1915-23 /pencil and watercolour on wove paper 48.0 x 55.0

Textile Design: Flowering Bulb / pencil and watercolour on tracing paper 27.6 x 22.0
~ Textile Design: Bouquet of Flowers / black wash and pencil on brown tracing paper 30.3 x 23.5

~ Sketchbook of travels in Scotland and a tour to Kent: p. 20 Rose 1894 / pencil on paper 17.2 x 11.4
~ “Japonica” 1910 / pencil and watercolour on paper 25.8 x 20.0

~ “White Carnation, St Mary’s, Scilly” 1904 / pencil and watercolour on paper 25.7 x 20.2
~ “Larkspur” August 1914 / pencil and watercolour on paper 25.8 x 20.2

For a treasure of extensive archives of Mackintosh’s finished work and sketchbooks visit: The Hunterian Art Gallery Online Archives

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August 13, 2013   No Comments   Posted under Inspiration

Dana McClure is a Brooklyn-based visual artist & designer working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, graphic design, & time-based media. This archive is a shared collection of inspiration, work-in-process, & studio updates. { studio site }


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