After studying painting at the Slade School, London (1911), Phyllis became deeply interested in textile printing, designing and fixatives for natural dyes. Tovey notes that she is 'normally considered the pioneer of the hand block-printing movement.'
The artist was one of five exhibitors showing handpainted silks and stuffs in the Christmas show at NAG in 1925. Another of those exhibitors was her life partner who had joined her in 1923, Dorothy LARCHER, who favoured floral designs. Her designs, unlike those for CRYSEDE, which Alec Walker was producing around the same time, tended to be geometrical.
Painter, textile printing, natural dyes
NAG Pictures & crafts show Dec 1925
The Cornishman 2 Dec 1925
C Frayling (1988) in B Ford, ed The Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain, Chp 6: 'The Crafts'
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;
Tovey (2010) Sea Change, St Ives 1914-1930