Wednesday, May 03, 2017

State of Current Inspiration: Textiles from my Mother's House

Wallpapers photographed on a 2015 visit to my mother's house near Los Angeles. Bath. Though I did not grow up in this home, its fierce dedication to pattern reflects the aesthetics of my formative years.
Guest bedroom
Dining room
Dining room with folding screen lined in fabric on one side
Fabrics: "bonus room" chair


Living room - Grosvenor Tree of Life pattern, now out of print
Hand-painted furnishings

Early commission
Another early commission in the dining room: details of fabric on the other side of the screen.
Entropy in the Bonus Room! beneath a grad school painting
Dining room and early still life. There was a time I could not escape the girly womb aesthetic fast enough, but it fascinates me now. In tandem with early Disney films, TV shows like Gilligan's Island, album covers and Chinese idioms such as the Four Gentlemen (Link to definition), it articulates what my friend David Dow calls a flatscape, enlivened in various ways by Keith Haring KH Image, Alex Katz, AK Image Trenton Doyle Hancock TDH Image and Firelei Baez Baez image as initial examples. I know there are so many more. New York attracted me, in part because of its artificial landscape, a flatscape to expand into realms of imagination.


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Love the theme your mother has chosen for the folding screen. Can you tell me where she got these from? Would appreciate it. Many thanks.

ec said...

I think it's a pattern by Greeff, will take a look and let you know the pattern. She has it on the screen, and also on chairs I believe from when she decorated in the 1970s.