Sheila Bownas Patterns, Cushions, Prints, Originals and Rarities. Thu, 26 May 2016 22:07:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hologram 2016 Thu, 26 May 2016 22:05:15 +0000 Exhibtion Interview

A Life in Pattern: The Life & Works of Sheila Bownas

May 2016

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A Life in Pattern Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:29:37 +0000 Read more >]]> The Life & Works of Sheila Bownas

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum  

25 June to 3 September 2016

With the opening of a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this summer, Sheila’s timeless textile designs finally seem destined to reach a wider audience and achieve the recognition her work deserves.

100 original patterns will go on show for the very first time together with early paintings, photographs, private letters and research catalogues on loan from the Bownas family. The exhibition also includes a series of intricate botanical studies, which Sheila produced for the National History Museum in 1962.

For further information please visit Rugby Art Gallery & Museum and discover more here

To request interviews, images or a copy of the press release, please email

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Craft Council 2015 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:20:42 +0000 August 2015

Standing on the shoulders of giants

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Real Homes 2015 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:55:26 +0000 August 2015

Featuring the West Riding collection.

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Elle Decoration 2015 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:53:40 +0000 July 2015

Featuring the West Riding collection.

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Grand Designs 2015 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:51:03 +0000 July 2015

Featuring the West Riding cushions.

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The Times 2015 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:12:55 +0000 Bricks & Mortor

June 2015

“Long-lost designs are decor once more” - written by Claire Carponen. Covering my story with the Bownas archive, featuring West Riding collection.

Available to read online for The Times subscribers


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Exhibition update Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:42:10 +0000 Read more >]]> In 1962 the Natural History Museum commissioned Bownas to paint a set of intricate botanical studies for an exhibition relating to marshlands.

Earlier this year I had the wonderful opportunity to visit their archives and see Bownas’ work for the very first time. The exquisite studies are quite unusual, each one hand painted on coloured board, showing micro details of plant life.

I’m delighted to confirm that a loan has been agreed with the NHM and a set of 20 artworks will go on display during the Sheila Bownas exhibition next summer.

Celebrating Bownas’ life and work as an artist and textile designer ‘A life in pattern’ will open at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum in Warwickshire from 25th June until 3rd September 2016

* (left) 1962 study by Bownas with kind permission of the Natural History Museum.


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