Hilda Breed archive

Scope and Content

The materials relate to travels, talks and visits and the sketches and paintings cover scenic paintings as well as motifs and drawings from textiles.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hilda Breed was born in Palamcottah, Tinnevelli, South India in 1898 .

From 1938-1950  she taught art, weaving and spinning at schools in Dagenham and Oldbury and at Howell's School in Denbigh. From 1940  until 1941  she worked at Gospels in Ditchling with Ethel Mairet. In 1941  she was made a Fellow of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen. In 1946  she became a member of the Crafts Centre of Great Britain and from 1950-1963  she taught at the Textile Crafts at Avery Hill College of Further Education, London. She wrote numerous articles for the Quarterly Journal of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers from 1952-1969  and in 1963  set up a freelance weaver at Flansham Weaving Studio in Cootham, Sussex.

She exhibited widely including annual one person shows at the Flansham Weaving Studios from 1963-1969 ; Weaving for Walls V & A Museum, 1965 , Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford upon Avon in 1967  and had an exhibition of bedcovers at Heal & Sons in 1970 .

Conditions Governing Access

The archival material may be viewed by appointment only.


This entry was compiled by Becky Lyle, Submissions Officer for the project and by Jean Vacher, Collections Manager at the Crafts Study Centre. The biography was written by Frances Lord.

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The photocopying of archival material is not allowed. Written permission must be sought before any archival material is published.

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Related Material

The Crafts Study Centre holds other material relating to the Hilda Breed archive in the

  • Ethel Mariet archive
  • Ethel Mariet textile archive
  • Ethel Mariet sample books

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