The Arts Society de la  Frontera


It was a joy to once again to sponsor this excellent art society. The subject this month was The Glasgow Girls.

The Glasgow Girls were a group of women artists and designers that studied and worked in Glasgow from the late 19th century to 1920. The women established their own Glasgow School of Art as interestingly the Glasgow Art Society did not allow female members until 1984.

The women artists contributed significantly to the development of the ‘Glasgow Style’, a distinctive branch of the Arts Nouveau movement of the same period. Several of the girls contributed work to Suffragette banners and jewellery.

Suffragette banner, 1910, English textile artist Ann Macbeth (Head of Embroidery Dept. Glasgow School of Art 1908 – 1920). Macbeth was an avid supporter of the suffragette movement. She endured imprisonment, solitary confinement & forcible feeding supporting women’s rights. The banner includes embroidered signatures of 80 suffragette hunger-strikers

An interesting anecdote: the term ‘loose women’ comes from the loose dresses worn by the women artists rather than corsets and crinolines which greatly restricted movement.

Continuing the theme of female artists, the raffle prize was a beautiful hand-painted cushion by local fabric artist, Tete.

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