I do love a good bold wallpaper print but this is something completely different. Artist Beth Katleman has taken wallpaper to a new level with her collection named “Folly”. The design is a three-dimensional rendering of the traditional Toile de Jouy wallpaper. Cast in ceramic, she has created a wall of exquisite Asian-inspired pavilions, occupied with fine kitschy figures.
Katleman created 12 separate installations of Folly, the first of which sold for $200,000 through Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary to a private Australian collector in 2010. “Folly” was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2011 and will be on view at The National Trust in the U.K at Claydon House in 2012. I think I’ll be off to have a closer look for myself.
I found this video (Folly by Beth Katleman) on the very cool design website Ifitshipitshere. It features Katleman explaining her collection in more detail. Commenting on her work she says, “I love the fact that these scenes are so frivolous but they’re so surreal at the same time because they take place on these floating islands of earth on your wall.”
The installations are defiantly enchanting and although not for everyone, would certainly provoke conversation around the dinner table.
Children are often at their happiest when given the time to simply scribble. Give them a packet of brightly coloured pens, a selection of paint and thrown in some glitter for good measure. Once the initial excitement has passed, the home settles to a gently hum of small creative minds. It may only last half an hour but that’s still something!
The thing is, these scribbles and random lashings of paint, often only clutter a kitchen fridge or pinboard. The sheer volume created can often mean a rotation system is put in place and memories are slowly hidden away in dusty attic boxes. What if there was a way of using your children’s creations to create your own form of art?
I came across a blog post on Putti Prapancha which gives a little incite into how adults can take control and create order in a sea of colourful imagination. Roopa re purposed her daughter’s drawings as Easter cards but the same can be done for Christmas and general art around the home.
Why not get creative with your shapes and creative something really abstract. I think this idea would work wonderfully with silhouettes of your children as they grow. Whatever your style, this is a great way to make more of your children’s art work.
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