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Audio recordings of Althea McNish in conversation with John Weiss


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John Weiss and Althea McNish, Stuart Hall Library

We are very grateful to Althea and John for an insightful and interesting evening at the April Clothes Cloth and Culture Group on 30 April 2015. Althea is an internationally successful textile designer who came to Britain from Trinidad and Tobago in the 1950s. She studied as an architect, at the London College of Printing and at the Royal College of Art. Althea’s vibrant textile designs were sold by Liberty’s, Hull Traders and other textile companies throughout Europe.


Fabric by Althea McNish

Althea’s husband, John Weiss, is an architect and jewellery designer. John and Althea talked entertainingly about their lives together and the inspiration sources for Althea’s textile designs. They touched topics as diverse as the origins of their surnames, the royal family, Althea’s experience as a migrant to Britain and how she worked with technicians in the textile industry. Read more

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Some of the audience and a sample of Althea’s fabric