STENCILLED WALL COVERINGS
Rhododendron Wall Print
This design was from a drawing of a rhododendron I did at school. I enlarged the flowers and made them into several stencils - one for each flower head. Having painted the background wall blue, I then stencilled the rhododendron flowers with an off-white emulsion straight onto the walls.
Gunnera Wall Fabric
Gunnera leaves are large and sturdy and form a striking architectural feature where they grow. I wanted to create an effect where it felt as if the leaves were growing around the room, with swallows swooping down over the leaves. As the room I planned to use had panelling on the lower part of the walls, I only had to cover the top half. The pencil drawing above shows the plan for placing the leaves on the fabric that was to be printed on. Five leaves were drawn and each one was composed of three colours - green, dark grey and pale grey - a stencil being made for each colour. The green ink was printed first onto a medium weight, dark green cotton fabric. Each wall's fabric was measured to fit.
Before the prints were completed, thin wooden batons were screwed to the edge of the walls around light switches and the windows where the fabric was to be attached. The printed fabric was then stapled to the batons and stretched taut. To cover the staples, matching piping was glued on all edges on top of the stapled areas.
To complete the room, rather than curtains, Roman blinds were made in the dark green fabric. I haven't decided yet whether to print on these too.