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  • 13 Aug 2019
  • design inspiration

Spotlight on: Peggy Angus

Spotlight on: Peggy Angus

Painter, designer and handworker, Peggy Angus was both talented and prolific - the tile and wallpaper creator made a lasting impact on the world of design with both her work and her vibrant character, but died in November 1993 in relative obscurity. Her wonderful archive, evocative of Angus’ favourite William Morris, is kept alive by our sister company, Blithfield.

Painter, designer and handworker, Peggy Angus was both talented and prolific - the tile and wallpaper creator made a lasting impact on the world of design with both her work and her vibrant character

Blithfield’s creative director Anne Dubbs fell in love with a series of Peggy Angus’ designs she spotted in World of Interiors magazine in 2002. She met Peggy’s granddaughter, who at the time printed the designers’ wallpapers by hand from her Shetlands home. In 2005, Blithfield began screen-printing some of the prints from her archive of old lino blocks, launching the Peggy Angus collection. Blithfield has been reproducing the designs as wallpapers and linens in a broad palette, ever since.

Our sister company Blithfield has been reproducing Peggy Angus designs as wallpapers and linens in a broad palette since 2005 a
Discover Blithfield's Peggy Angus collection here.

Born in 1904, in Chile, to Scottish parents, Margaret MacGregor Angus - Peggy - moved as a child to London. As a student at the design school of the Royal College of Art in the 1920s she was taught by the artist Paul Nash.

Angus started producing patterned tiles after World War I, and her decorative tile murals were used in a range of newly constructed buildings. Limitations in materials post-war led her to potato and lino cutting to create her recognisable motifs. Her success in this area prompted her to experiment with wallpaper design, creating a diverse body of work.

A master of colour and pattern, Peggy Angus dedicated her life to creating art for life rather than to be displayed in galleries. Several of her prints appear on our designs, and you can browse the full Peggy Angus collection via Blithfield.

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 Wicklewood Small Medallion and Oakleaves cushions.

 A passion for education led her into teaching, a vocation she pursued for many years, alongside creating her own work. Angus taught for many years at her alma mater, the North London Collegiate School - her pupils here included the US Vogue editor, Anna Wintour. 

Peggy travelled extensively throughout her life, capturing people and scenes of everyday life with an intuitive perception. A master of colour and pattern, she dedicated her life to creating art for life rather than to be displayed in galleries.

 Two of the most iconic Peggy Angus designs are featured in Wicklewood cushions both small medallion and oakleaves are vibrant and colourful perfect to add interest and pattern to any space
Two of our cushion designs feature Peggy Angus prints - Oakleaves was originally created by Peggy Angus as a tile and is one of Blithfield’s most popular designs. Its block print motifs celebrate the greenery of British gardens with leaves, flowers and wavy lines. Small Medallion is part of  Blithfield's latest collection, the Spencer. It features a moon and star motif, a careful recreation of one of Angus’ linocut designs.

Shop Wicklewood Peggy Angus collection via Blithfield now

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