Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Dark Times Ahead

Mood Board -Modern Gothic
"The tone darkens as minimalism gives way to baroque"

The Times Magazine. Page 73, 21.2.09

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


Laura just gave me December’s Issue of Vogue. The theme was “Fantastic”. It really helped me realise some of my goals for my work. In particular the articles addressed bringing fantasy to life and making pieces heavy with drama. Not to mention Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter where in one of the shoots.

Su Blackwell

Su's work is a great example of bringing narrative to life, she carves the scenes straight from the stories of the books.

Tim and Helena did a shoot with Gareth Pugh translating fairy tales into reality through fashion.
Vogue, December 2008

Monday, 23 February 2009

I'm in LOVE

In my quest to discover wallpaper with more depth, I have found Christoper Pearson ( His latest work from gives me the shivers. He is truly challenging the norm with regards to wallcoverings.
Check out both the laser, moving, 3D wallpaper and the digital wallpaper.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Experimenting with Mushies (and Moss)

Here are todays experiments with puff binder.


This is moss. It came out fairly well but the colour went a little lighter than expected. I left streaks of darker green to see the effects and it came out fairly well but does tend to run in lines.


Arghhhhhhhhh. Printing is a pain in the buttocks. I wanted to do different colour tops and bottoms. I was hoping that I would be able to use the screen more than once for multiple images in the same colour. Not so lucky. I had to wash the screen out each time which lead to the screen being corrupted- see example of bleeding in far right mushroom.
Also layering -light brown morrel on dark portabello- does not work.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Wall Fabric

“There is a vast choice of textile wall coverings available on the market, every possible texture and quality, to harmonize any decorative style….stain-resistant, UV-resistant, and flame retardant were originally manufactured for hotels, schools, and public buildings, but are now being manufactured for residential use.”

“There are two main types of textile products for covering walls: actual fabrics , which are complicated to put in place, and wall covering that looks like fabric but is pre-glued to a backing, making it easier to hang as wallpaper.”


“Most upholstery fabrics for furniture-whether cotton, linen, or wool-can be stretched onto a wall. They are often mixed with synthetic fibers, which strengthen them and ensure that they last. Some are flame-resistant and treated against both everyday stains and the slow discoloration caused by ultraviolet rays.”

Pre-Glued Textiles

“The pre-glued textiles are much harder wearing than plain fabrics. In addition to their fire-, stain- and UV-resistant qualities, they can be washed and even scrubbed. To calculate the quantity of fabric that you will need, take the room’s dimensions and add 4 inches (10cm) to the heights and width before cutting the panel.”

Stretching Fabric

“Glue wooden moldings around the periphery of the wall. Staple felt to the wall and against the moldings. Starting from the top, fix the fabric in position with a few staples. Then set staples every 4 inches, moving outward from the center.”

“When the wall is first covered, the fabric will overflow 4 inches onto the adjoining wall. Thereafter, use wall guards, such as corner guards or handrails, stapling a strip of cardboard 1 inch wide inside the fabric. In this way, you can achieve neat angles while concealing the staples.”

Torre, F. 2008. Materials. A Sourcebook for Walls and Floors. Published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. New York.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Selvedge Article on Wallpaper

“The “paper” side wallpaper is often overlooked yet part of wallpapers beauty is the quality of the printed image; paper provides a crisp and fresh edge and allows inks to shine and reflect light. The same fabric would look different…today’s wallpapers are all about the feel and look of paper; it’s graphic and “stationary” attributes …there are advantages too; costs of creating a collection of designs are reduced by working on paper rather than cloth. Arguable paper also grants design a greater sense of freedom, encouraging experimentation….standard wallpaper being 52 with new lengths up to 135.”

“...mixing digital tools with traditional screen printing creating a new length for pattern.”

“… vogue for the personalized…desire to retain and showcase human, non-digital design qualities

“In the future it’s probably safe to predict a continuous growth in customizable products such as kits and bespoke digital prints…small run wallpapers in-house will increase too.”

Peel Back. Jocelyn Warner is Stuck on Wallpapaer. Selvedge v 30-33. v 22 Jan 2009

Monday, 2 February 2009

Textile Forest

Here is my exhibit for the first section of my course. Obvious I know (wink wink) but is a 3D textile forest.