Marie Gudme Leth. Pioneer of Print
Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen
– 25 September 2016
The Danish textile designer, Marie Gudme Leth (1895–1997) did not only enjoy commercial success with her designs but also ensured that textile design grew in importance again at a time when functionalism was the order of the day. The Designmuseum Denmark now has on display a selection of her colourful textile prints until 25 September 2016.
During her career that spanned almost 40 years, Marie Gudme Leth managed to keep on reinventing herself and her work in creative and economic respects. She used various techniques over time, such as woodblock printing and later screen printing that led to many different designs. In her woodblock prints, the motifs were arranged sporadically on the surface in small pattern repeat sizes whereas, towards the end of her working life, when using screen printing she began to overlap them and take up the complete width of the fabric. Her floral and animal designs in particular continue to exude their charm.
Gudme Leth taught from 1930 to 1948 at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen, and designed her own textiles on the side which she sold through various channels. She also had her own workshop until 1963. Her work was shown in many exhibitions and awarded prizes, such as two gold medals at the world fair in Paris in 1937 and at the Triennale in Milan in 1951.