We recently read Frank and Amanda Holmes’ Perfectly Frank blog post in which they were kind enough to highlight the work of WHS and talk about just how useful our website can be in dating wallpapers and finding useful resources. They also talk about some interesting restoration work they have recently been involved in. Thanks to them for allowing us to use an edited version of the post here.
An island in Cork harbour would seem to be an unlikely destination for wallpaper enthusiasts, especially since Fota Island now houses a wildlife park. However, it’s not the wildlife park but Fota House which is the real treat. This Regency villa, once the hunting lodge of the Earls of Barrymore and until the 1970s the home of the Smith Barry family, has been painstakingly restored under the supervision of the Office for Public Works. Read more...
Timorous Beasties is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most successful contemporary wallpaper designers and makers. WHS was thrilled to be invited by the company to visit their studio and HQ in Glasgow in September.
Mills Mansion, otherwise known as the Staatsburgh Historic Site, sits grandly confident on the top of a hill overlooking the Hudson River. When first seen on a chilly afternoon in late spring, when the sky is grey and the wind bitter, the house is imposing, if rather bleak. In its glory days, at the turn of the 20th century, Ruth Livingston-Mills, her husband Ogden Mills and their many guests brought warmth to the house. Read more...
I first met wallpaper maker Daniel Heath when a friend treated me a workshop at his studio in East London. We were introduced to the importance of pattern repeat and had a go with the screens to print our own wallpaper. I’ve been fascinated by his magical, other-worldly designs ever since so it was a real pleasure to interview him...Read more
On 26 July the Wallpaper History Society enjoyed an online talk presented by Rose Sinclair, discussing the extensive research she has undertaken to underpin the exhibition she has co-curated of McNish’s work at the William Morris Gallery, an exhibition supported by a grant from the Society of Antiquaries. Read more...
A wallpaper discovery that is inspiring an artist
When artist Nicole Tilley realised that wallpapers
discovered in a farmhouse were being removed in favour of the original stone walls, she quickly set about retrieving as many examples as possible, discovering a range of papers dating over many years ... Read more
Book review - Wallpaper: a History of Style and Trends
An easy way to describe this book is as a veritable thing of beauty. Of course, this is to be expected of a publication which focuses on the themes of style and trends in wallpapers....Read more