[image, Maya Visnyei]
It's no secret that at Covet Garden, we love vintage prints and Scandinavian design. But just as we like to know how the folks featured in our magazine live, we also love researching the people behind some of our favourite patterns. For example, if you remember Fiona's cous cous recipe from Covet Garden Issue 16, you may also recall the pretty floral print dishtowel (that's it pictured above). That delightful print was designed by textile artist and ceramicist Gocken Jobs.
Jobs was born in Sweden in 1914. The Jobs clan was colourful and artsy — one sister, Lisskulla, was an actor and another, Lisbet, also worked in fabric and clay. Inspired by the Swedish countryside, the Jobs sisters ceramic designs favoured flora and fauna. During World War II, the potters could not import glazes, so their brother Per, who ran a textile factory, transferred the sisters' patterns to fabric.
[image via Signed By Me]
That factory, Jobs Handtryck, still hand prints Gocken's most popular patterns, including 1969's "Rhubarb," pictured below. Long admired for their lyrical playfulness, the prints stand out from the simplicity of many of Jobs' Scandinavian contemporaries, yet at the same time provide the perfect complement to the democratic ideals of modernism — that functional things can also be beautiful.