Friday, 21 August 2015

Moda (Museum of Design and Architecture) and Roger Nicholson


 A couple of weeks ago I had a very exciting and emotional day visiting Moda, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture which is part of Middlesex University. They have a fantastic archive and amongst that are many wallpaper designs by my father Roger and uncle Robert Nicholson... along with many of their contemporaries of that time ... 1956 - late 1960s.

This body of work was made for Palladio Wallpapers and I remember a lot of the designs being worked on in his studio as a very young child. Some of them were used to cover the walls of our house in Sissinghurst, Kent and when I came across one which I had in my bedroom it was like coming across an old and dear friend, every tendril and break in the ink was familiar, every secret face hidden in amongst the design, we all look so intently at our bedroom walls as children, a sort of half dreamlike place where the wallpaper design takes on a life of it's own full of monsters and faces, movements, and secret places. You can see the design below ... of an intertwining clematis.

The designs were all in old wallpaper sample books kindly brought out by the lady who had got in touch with me from the museum, together with articles of the time from Architectural Reviews, with adverts for the wallpapers drawn by my father ...
Every page turned was thrilling and I found I was able to spot many of his and also of a dear family friend Ted Hughes (not the poet!), Eric Thomas and of my uncle Robert Nicholson.

But a surprise was finding papers designed by my father which I had not seen before! Such a delight to see them and together with the archive I have at home and also the collection at the V&A, I realise that I must do something about bringing his work to the public eye. I am going with Moda to see the collection at the V&A very soon and I am really excited to go into the inner sanctum ... I will report back of course.

I hope to gather more information over the next few weeks and add to this article ... Forgive the iphoneness of the photos!
Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
I am pretty sure this is one of my fathers ... the faces are so like those he drew ....
Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
Detail
Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Robert Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
Robert Nicholson design

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers


Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
One I had not seen ...
Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers




Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
This was my bedroom wallpaper!

Roger Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers

Robert Nicholson. Design for Palladio Wallpapers
Robert Nicholson


Ad for Architectural Review drawn by Roger Nicholson
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Ad for Architectural Review drawn by Roger Nicholson
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Ad for Architectural Review drawn by Roger Nicholson


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Colours of Berlin


Some photos from my trip to see the boys in Berlin, both of them loving living and working there, and I don't blame them, it is a free and creative place, edgy but warm too, full of life and vibrancy ... Those darling ones above both bearded now ... Will on the left and Tom the oldest on the right. Too proud ... here we are just about to dive into three huge burgers!

Berlin Grafitti


Berlin Grafitti Berlin Grafitti


Cor blue white and red ....
More of the above ... The apartment where Will is staying.

Lunch

More red lunch
Lunch made for me by Will one day ... 
Says it like it is ....



Berlin Grafitti



Berlin Grafitti Berlin Grafitti


















"Don't Diss me cos I'm old" so it says. Chair senior citizen at the bottom of Tom's road.
Berlin Grafitti









Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Printing onto fabric




Just a quick tutorial on fabric printing using an inkjet printer. I have just bought an Epson XP 422 for under £50 which feeds from the back so there is less rollerage for the fabric to negotiate and it works really well! I am working on some new downloadable designs so you can try it too! Other printers work well also. See one design just printed below tutorial (soon available on the Etsy shop).
You also will need a roll of Reynolds Freezer Paper available here. You can be stitching in seconds!


inkjet fabric printing sample OWL
Here is the soon to be available OWL SAMPLER

inkjet fabric printing sample OWL
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