Deborah Bowness, the UK-based artist, designer and maker known for her unique non-repeat wallpapers, has launched a new collection of designs at ICFF, New York. The ‘Utility Paper’ collection is made up of seven simple linear designs forming larger than life rolls of ‘Graph’, ‘Grid’, ‘Lined’ and ‘Ledger Paper’. Dissolving the boundaries between art and design, these wallpapers can be used as stylishly quiet backdrops or can be transformed through everyday mark-making, to create powerfully personalised walls.
Bowness says, “At a time when society appears obsessed with technology built into everyday objects which potentially brings about the ‘dislocation of form follows function’ my intention is to create functional art, wallpapers that serve utilitarian purpose as well as being beautifully simple and meaningful.”
In contrast, the eighth addition to this new collection is ‘Collage Paper’, a bold, large-scale floral design made using found weaving patterns. Although visually different, ‘Collage Paper’ shares the same interactive ethos as other ‘Utility Papers’. Bowness has designed these papers to be cut up and collaged over a wall and says that there is no set intention in how this should be done, just suggestions of how it can be.
The new collection reflects Bowness' years of thinking and months of experimentation. A series of sketches, original artworks and limited edition prints illustrate the artist's journey in creating these innovative new wallpapers.