The Craft of Wallpaper at the Geffrye Museum

Graham & Brown recreating pages from the Geffrye Museum archives

Graham & Brown recreating pages from the Geffrye Museum archives

Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road

London, E2 8EA

Tues 3 – Sunday 8 May 2016
Open: 10am – 5pm

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

As part of London Craft Week, this special exhibition, curated by design writer Charlotte Abrahams, brought together the work of eleven of the UK’s most innovative makers: CUSTHOM, Juliet Chadwick, Claire Coles, Linda Florence, Fromental, Graham & Brown, Tracy Kendal, Elise Menghini, Identity Papers, Erica Wakerly and Waybreads.

Identitypapers. Cloud Rococo in moody blue

Identitypapers. Cloud Rococo in moody blue

This eclectic selection of papers demonstrated the wide variety of processes being used to make wallpaper today.

Custhom designed Rye Wallpaper in copper. Inspired by the Barbican Conservatory in London it features bold oversized leaves in copper.

Rye Wallpaper in copper by Custhom Design

Rye Wallpaper in copper by Custhom Design

Claire Coles showed these Adorned Branches, Laburnum Framed panel. The pattern was a raw silk with hand cut suede and leather florals that were machine embroidered into place.

Claire Coles, Adorned Branches, Laburnum Framed Panel. Handcut suede and leather florals machine embroidered onto raw silk

Claire Coles, Adorned Branches, Laburnum Framed Panel. Handcut suede and leather florals machine embroidered onto raw silk

Tracy Kendall’s wallpaper design was inspired by the archive of the Geffrye Museum. She wanted to show as much of the wonderful Geffrye archive as possible in one design.

Tracey Kendall, digitally printed wallpaper inspired by the Geffrye Archive

Tracey Kendall, digitally printed wallpaper inspired by the Geffrye Archive

In addition, three makers in residence – Graham & Brown (the show’s sponsor), Tracy Kendal and CUSTHOM – created papers on site in response to the Geffrye’s archive.

Page from a bound wallpaper sample book manufactured between 1885 and 1890 from the Geffrye Archives

Page from a bound wallpaper sample book manufactured between 1885 and 1890 from the Geffrye Archives

Panel Discussions:
Saturday 7 May
A chance to explore the craft of wallpaper in more depth with a panel of experts:
Papered Walls – 11.30am
Process and the Power of Pattern – 2.30pm
Tickets £9.60. Book at http://www.londoncraftweek.com

Fromental Rockface. Photo: David Jensen

Fromental Rockface. Photo: David Jensen

Exhibition and events supported by Graham & Brown

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