SMALL LINED NOTEBOOK - SARAH NECHAMKIN CURWEN PRESS (STRIPE)
Lined notebook 90 x 130 mm with 240 sides of recycled white paper
The cover is a design by Sarah Nechamkin for the Curwen Press (now out of print).
Sarah Nechamkin (1917-2017) was a student of the innovative and influential art teacher Nan Youngman, who taught at Highbury Hill school and Nechamkin later went to Chelsea School of Art where her teachers included Henry Moore. She taught there herself and designed and illustrated books for Penguin and the Curwen Press. In 1961 she moved to Ibiza where she continued to paint and lived to over 100 years of age.
The Curwen Press came into being in 1863 and its work in the early C20th had a strong focus on well-designed commercial printing. Contemporary artists were commissioned as illustrators and designers and in the 1920s, the Curwen Press began the production of a collection of iconic pattern papers, commissioning designs from young artists including Eric Ravilious, Enid Marx, Edward Bawden, Engraved patterns were transferred onto lithographic plates. They were used widely in publishing, for example by the Folio Society, by Penguin and by Hamish Hamilton in the Novel Library series. With the closure of the press in 1984, the manufacture of the papers came to an end.