From flocks to florals: An illustrated history of wallpaper

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Monday, 9 September 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD

Often dismissed as ephemera, wallpaper is in fact a crucial contributor to the history of design. The growth of the wallpaper industry encompasses fashion, taste, society, technology – and the determined attempts to keep the householder buying. In this richly illustrated talk, speaker Lucy Ellis will show us beautiful hand-painted 18th-century Chinese papers and chintzy florals, Jazz Age geometrics and 1970s flower power designs.

Lucy is a freelance writer, editor and speaker. Following a varied career encompassing fashion buying and product development for high-street chains, museums and charities, Lucy researched the wallpaper industry in the 1920s and 1930s for her MA degree in 2019. Lucy is a trustee of the Wallpaper History Society and a tour guide at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and she has written articles on design history for Art UK.


Image: Wallpaper with modernist leaves design c.1930
Credit: © Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University