Vintage Wallpaper

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Busy reading new books, scavenging 2nd-hand stores & working on art projects.

My latest obsession…vintage wallpaper!  I recently purchased my first vintage roll at Value Village.  The colour combination projects such a happy vibe.  I look forward using it for a raft of new projects.

The latest edition of Flea Market Style Magazine has inspired my new love of vintage wallpaper. 

Even The House of Turquoise (one of my favorite interior design blogs) is sporting images of funky wall paper.

You can buy vintage wall paper in secondhand shops, on eBay, Etsy, Craigslist, or you can order it online from Rosie’s Vintage Wallpaper or Second Hand Rose.

I have also been recently searching for Scandinavian inspired wood furniture.  I like the clean lines and emphasis on the beauty of the wood, the scale, and handcrafted feel. 

I like how nicely Scandinavian silhouettes mix with, that Canadiana use of Douglas Fir and rustic proportion.  I’m currently working on an art instillation:Canadiana with a Prairie Influence.  The golden tones, in my new vintage wallpaper, make up the contextual prairie colour scheme.  This particular colour combination brings back many childhood memories, and effectively bridges the time gap.  The floral style of the vintage wall paper, reminds me of Marimekko’s famous poppy print fabric.

I am currently reading “The Scavengers’ Manifesto a guide to freeing yourself from the endless cycle of buying more and more new (though not necessarily improved) stuff, and discovering how salvaging, swapping, re-purposing, reusing, and recycling can save the earth, your money, and your soul” by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson.

This newly acquired book prompts me to think of using my vintage wall paper for more than just wallpaper.  I’m expanding my horizons to create art instillations.  I see my new roll of wallpaper as an opportunity to inspire my interior design through infusing a campy flair.

One of my favorite designers right now is Jonathon Adler.  I am as much inspired by his Manifesto, as I am by his ability to raise eclectic to the level of campy.  His approach to design, and his work, exudes a certain flavor, impact and happy feel.

I’m currently working on my own “Manifesto”.  To be presented as part of my Funky Junk container display for the garden show this weekend.

Manifesto: a public declaration of principles and intentions.

Campy: a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture.

(Definitions from Merriam Webster Dictionary)

The latest revolution preaches; restore, re-purpose, refurbish, up-cycle, down-scale, in an environmental footprint conscious society.  Be creative, be inventive, be yourself.  This revolution is being fueled by a new generation, a new consumerism, and a new philosophy.

We are living in a world where everyone, through the internet, has access to unlimited inspiration, fellow bloggers, and an innovative connection to secondhand goods.  Believers in a new reality and the evolution of environmental consumerism are popping up everywhere. 

I’m really looking forward to the Funky Junk Competition this weekend.  The focus of the contest integrates nicely with my philosophy and the current re-purposing and up-cycling movement. I hope to see you there.

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