I was looking at a 19th century William Morris wallpaper one day and thought to myself, you know the only plants that ever get to be in these wallpapers are the polite plants: the preppy peonies, the straight-laced apples and pompous pomegranates. They're neatly in line, they know where they're supposed to be and how to look. Neat and tidy.
And I wondered, well what about the less dignified foliage? What about the misbehaving fruits?
This led me to create a small series of twisted paintings and drawings based off floral wallpapers, with slightly melted and skewed motifs. Little critters and diseases hidden in there. If you've ever encountered a Saskatoon bush with that weird growth that gets all over the berries, just picture that kind of scene.
Now the drawings have become napkins, in an attempt to get them to straighten up and act a bit more civilized. Do you think it'll work?
Dress your table with these floral beauties, they'll accent your table setting like a bouquet of fabulousness.
The images are based on original ink drawings and printed by hand on 100% freetrade organic cotton with water based ink in my eco-friendly print studio.
* Colour may vary slightly from the display of your computer screen or smart phone.
Composition and Care
50% organic cotton, 50% linen
Printed with waterbased ink
Machine wash warm, hang to dry
Iron on the highest setting
The ink I use has been wash tested to withstand the true life of a teatowel- they can be washed and dried without hesitation and will last for years. For best results, use a good stain remover but avoid bleach.