Robert Stewart - Designer

The Scottish designer Robert Stewart was one of the most influential Post War British designers. He was passionate about surface design and his worked appeared on many and diverse surfaces, including printed textiles, ceramics and tapestries. I bought Liz Arthur's excellent book Robert Stewart Design 1946-95 a couple of years ago and read it from cover to cover (instead of purely looking at the pictures!). I found Stewart's boundless energy and creativity a great inspiration. He was an unstoppable powerhouse within the design world of his time, which was buzzing with enthusiasm for change and innovation.

Robert Stewart Book Cover

Robert Srewart Design 1946-95 by Liz Arthur


Robert Stewart attended Glasgow School of Art during the 1940s and went on to become the head of printed textile department in 1949. He taught at the Glasgow School of Art for thirty five years and over that time  he inspired many young designers to be, with his talent and passion.
Although Stewart was prolific in many fields of design, he is perhaps best known for his textiles which were produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers throughout the 1950's.

Ardentinny Robert Stewart textile design

Ardentinny - Textile Design


Kilmun - Textile Design Robert Stewart

Kilmun - Textile Design


Macrahanish - Textile Design Robert Stewart

Macrahanish - Textile Design


Macrahanish - Textile Design Robert stewart

 Macrahanish - Textile Design


Bird Design - 1948 - Gouache on Paper Robert Stewart

 Bird Design - 1948 - Gouache on Paper


More information about Robert Stewart can be found at:- 
Glasgow School of Art

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