Edna Martin (b. Sweden, 1908-2003)
Edna Martin was the leading designer and reformer of Swedish textile arts in the mid-twentieth century. With her extraordinary energy she headed all of Sweden’s major textile institutions in the post-war years; her positions included being director from 1945 to 1951 of Svensk hemslöjd (an important textile organization founded in 1899 to promote craft in Sweden), the artistic director of Handarbetets Vänner (HV) or the Association of Friends of Textiles from 1951 to 1977, and senior professor of art at the Royal College of Art from 1957 to 1969. Her beautiful, lyrical works and artistic philosophy added a complexity and new vigor to the already vital Swedish textile tradition.
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