Design Education for Women
The first all-female school of design opened in London in 1842 but the young women designers employed by the Silver Studio were part of the generation for whom the possibility of marriage and home-making was jeopardized by the loss of millions of young men in the First World War (1914-18). For these women, artistic skill became a route towards paid work and economic independence.
On-the-job apprenticeships in design for industry were rare for women before the 1940s. Instead women looked to their local Schools of Arts and Crafts and the newly founded Technical Colleges for a grounding in the skills which would allow them to have a trade.