'From the beginning the style of Painted Fabrics designs was very varied, but the bold and brilliant colour combinations and the guild use of fabric in their designs for clothing were very much in tune with the period, showing influences of fauve painters such as Matisse and Dufy and the excitement of the Oriental, inspired by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes.'
March Landscape 1928
Edith Jagger at Kilnhurst 1903
White Roses 1956
Edith Jagger (1881-1977)
Edith Jagger was a painter and fabric designer. She was a co-founder and chief designer of Painted Fabrics, a philanthropic organisation established during The Great War to actively support severely injured British forces personnel. She also forged a seperate career as an oil painter of still lives and floral works.
She studied alongside her younger brother Charles at Sheffield Technical School of Art (1899-1905). She became actively involved with the Sheffield Society of Artists in 1911, an association which continued on-and-off until 1938. In the spring of 1915 she led art classes alongside former art school colleagues, Annie Bindon Carter, her sister Dorothy Bindon Carter and Phyllis Lawton at Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield. Using occupational therapy these informal art classes led to the establishment of Painted Fabrics in 1917.
Painted Fabrics was set up as a charitable organisation to enble severely disabled servicemen, including double amputees and those suffering from shell shock to gain employment and have a roof over their and their families heads. From its inception until early 1931 Edith focused her artistic talents on a wide range of designs for Painted Fabrics.
The 1930's proved to be her most productive period, her oil paintings were included in many important annual exhbitions, including those at Liverpool, Glasgow, Paris and the Royal Academy in London. Twenty-eight of her paintings were shown as part of the touring exhibition 'The Art of the Jagger Family' (1939/40). She continued to paint until the late 1950s, though she chose to rarely exhibit them. She died in 1977 in Matlock, Derbyshire and was buried in the village of her birth, Kilnhurst.