JESSIE MARION KING
Jessie Marion King studied at the Glasgow School of Art and won a travelling scholarship to Italy and Germany. She became an internationally renowned and much-sought-after book illustrator and also designed jewellery, wallpapers and fabrics.
In 1902, at the International Exhibition of Decorative Art in Turin, the Scottish section made something of a stir. The exhibit was organised by the Headmaster of Glasgow School of Art and the co-ordinating designer was Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A Gold Medal award was given to King for a gold-tooled white vellum book cover.
Among the other contributors here was E A Taylor who was carving out a career of painter, critic and designer who she was to marry in 1908. By 1911 they moved to Paris to run an atelier. Here she drew inspirations on the designs of Leon Bakst encouraging her to use stronger, pungent colours.
At the outbreak of the war they returned to live in Scotland which she introduced to the craft of batik - which she herself learnt in France and even wrote a textbook on the subject, disguised as a fairytale How Cinderella was able to go to the Ball.