Issue 02 Architecture
Decorate with handprinted wallpaper
"WELCOME TO THE ARCHITECTURE ISSUE. When this issue was conceived I imagined images of elegant modernist interiors complemented by large scale fibre works produced mainly in the United States in the 1960s and 70s, see Structurally sound. For me, these images communicate the relationship between weaving and architecture. However, as the issue developed, these elegant images were superseded by joyous pattern that ironically runs counter to much of the philosophy surrounding contemporary western art and architecture. Nominated for the Turner prize, we see the work of Yinka Shonibare exploiting decoration, until recently a derogative term within the world of Fine Art implying lack of serious content. Maybe things are changing. We send Yinka our best wishes, see Alien nation.
This is not the view held by the Zulu for whom pattern making forms the visual language of social history, see Reading between the lines. In interiors, a new expression of the innate desire to decorate has emerged. Designer-makers are creating exquisite papers and the price is not prohibitive when used judiciously. Wallpaper, in its current reincarnation as a foreground rather than a background, is taking centre stage, see Let the good times roll.
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