Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wallpaper Envy........Installment #1

OK I'll admit it. I'm obsessed with wallpaper. I know it's a trendy thing. It is en vogue now but will be passé in several years. I don't care. I love it. I see it as a form of art and the amount of craftsmanship that goes into some of the more unique lines is amazing. Of course, you pay a pretty penny for that craftsmanship but sometimes it is worth it. I plan on doing several segments on wallpaper. For this installment, I'm going to feature the amazing Australian artist, Florence Broadhurst. If you don't know who she is, a must read is "Florence Broadhurst Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives" by Helen O'Neill.

Not only is her story one of fascination and intrigue but the book itself is beautiful inside and out with amazing images of her work. I will not go into too much detail about Florence but will entice you by saying that she lived multiple lives and died in a shroud of mystery still unsolved to this day. She was way ahead of her time. Her patterns from the 1960s and 70s are just as relevant today as they were back then. Not only is her wallpaper being used by high design studios such as Woodson and Rummerfield's but you can find her patterns in the Kate Spade's 2012 collection and Cadry's handmade rugs. Here is a double dose of artistic images by Australian artist Emma Hack who painted models on canvas covered by Florence Broadhoarst patterns....some of these are uber cra-cra but I love them!


  1. Love your blog and the wallpaper is amazing!

  2. Wow! I've seen some Florence Broadhurst before and knew a little of her illustrious past, but I've never seen these photos with the models painted into the wallpaper. So cool. And that last one is actually a little creepy. Thanks for sharing!


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