So you have to start with a true legend and pioneer in textile design! For me there can be none other than Lucienne Day. I was privileged to meet the woman herself in 2002 when i was awarded the Royal Society of Arts 'Lucienne Day Award'. It was a truly special moment to actually meet one of my design icons and chat design.
Lucienne Day (1917-2010) was a British textile designer who's work is identified by their cheery abstract patterns. Day was quite a force in post-war Britain, she held to the belief that good design was for all. Britians had been "starved of interesting things for their homes in the war years". Hard to imagine now, when we are bombarded with images everyday!
You may think you don't know Days work. But I bet you do, her most famous print was 'Calyx' a print she designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Her clients also included Heals and Liberty, both of which continue to rerelease her prints to new audiences.
I for one will always have a soft spot for her designs and be indebted to her for broadening the appeal of textile design amongst the masses!