If there was one thing we wished we spent more time on in school, it would have been art class. I blame a poorly designed curriculum obsessed with teaching art in a solely classical form with little emphasis on beauty, creativity, possibility, delivered in the most mind-numbing form. Because, really, what else could you want* more than to be able to draw and paint and design like Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. does? (Check out her impromptu Sharpie pen makeshift wallpaper for a tradeshow here.) Given our lack of innate artistic abilities, we have just had to settle for appreciating Anna’s works. Most recently, her wallpaper collection has caught our attention – the wallpapers feature Rifle Paper’s signature whimsical, modern takes on traditional floral patterns. We love the gold patterns laid on on gem-hued backgrounds, the bright and intricate motifs on pale, neutral shades. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea to have such busy and detailed wallpaper (and most certainly not recommended for every wall in a room, unless the energising feel/look is what you are going for!), but how classy and stylish on a feature wall, or panel, or back of a cabinet or bookcase? On a slightly separate point, the attractive styling of the catalogue shots got us curious about the Rifle Paper store across the Atlantic, so we thought we would share a peek into the store… Definitely not disappointed! So inspiring! Look at those giant scissor-shears, the use of fresh flowers, and display mix of accessories with the stationery. LOVE. Also helps that we are partial to gold and coppery tones… Please come to London! Are you a Rifle Paper Co. fan? Do you have any stationery crushes? How do you display your paper collections? Visit Rifle Paper Co. at http://www.riflepaperco.com. * Of course there are plenty of other things/skills to want (and perhaps to want more) but you have to indulge our love of Rifle Paper Co. and Anna Bond’s playful creations! Images: Anna Bond, @annariflebond, Rifle Paper Co.
We’ve been thinking about wallpaper a lot recently – ways of decorating with small offcuts, brightening up bookshelves and wardrobes… So I was incredibly excited when I stumbled across Neisha Crosland, a fabric and wallpaper designer, whose work was most recently in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ (if you haven’t seen the film, do see it! It had mixed reviews but Mr Lurhmann’s twist on the classic was invigorating. It’s also a great, great novel. We love).
Neisha trained in textiles at Camberwell School of Art where she developed her drawing style. She specialised in print at the Royal College of Art in London, and it was there that she experimented with print technique.
Neisha is a woman of many talents: she has sold her designs to Marc Jacobs and Lacroix, designed a collection of rugs in collaboration with the Rug Company, a range of tiles with De Ferranti, vinyl flooring with Harvey Maria, a collection of hand embroidered fabrics with Chelsea Textiles, and hand crafted stationery through Harris and Jones. What a list!
“I suppose I am a bit like a biologist who collects specimens,” Neisha says.
“I collect ideas and motifs and classify them in to designs. I love the way nature organises itself.”
Neisha add: “I love the way that colour dictates a mood, and how repeat conducts the rhythm in a pattern. I love relocating motifs and putting them into a new context.”
Just look at Neisha’s bold, vibrant patterns and energetic colours. Although a small property might do better with plenty of white (or pale) walls and reflective surfaces, a feature wall or corner with these luscious prints could really lift the feel of the place and inject some life to the space. You could even try decorating part of your wall with her fabric.
Neisha and her team have been having an excitingly busy time colour trialling their new wallpaper collection, so there will be plenty more of this beautiful stuff coming your way soon! Her designs aren’t for the faint of heart, but for a real pop and an easy way of introducing yourself to pattern and colour (especially if you are a little scared of vivid shades!), strips of wallpaper or colourful fabrics in the shape of cushions, used on upholstery, or even framed and hung, work like magic.
Thanks for sharing your work and inspiration with us, Neisha! We can’t wait for your new collection.
Images courtesy of Neisha Crosland.