History.


Linton Life

Born on 4th March 1925, Sheila Catherine Bownas was an only child. She lived in Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, where her parents Reg and Minnie owned and ran the village general store.

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The Slade

Aged 22 and lodging at 60 Chepstow Place, Bayswater, London, Sheila started her course at the Slade School of Fine Art.

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A Designers Life

During the early 1950s, Sheila undertook some part-time teaching at Huddersfield Art School and began her work as a freelance artist, concentrating mainly on designs for fabric and wallpapers.

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Botanical Illustration

In 1962 the Natural History Museum commissioned Sheila to produce a set of intricate botanical studies for an exhibition, later this would lead to a six-year assignment for the BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) These commissions clearly influenced her designs and she produced many floral and nature inspired patterns during this period.

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