Allyson McDermott

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We would like to introduce you to Allyson McDermott an artisan in the truest sense of the word, she is arguably the world’s leading authority on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers.  Part artist, part scientist, part sleuth, she peels away the layers of history for clients including The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and interior designers and architects worldwide.

Much of Allyson’s work is for architectural gems such as Brighton Pavilion and The Palace of Westminster, but she gains equal pleasure from creating decorative wallcoverings for private houses. Her studio holds an important archive of designs dating from the 17th – 20th Century, any of which can be recreated to order, and she is also working on her first ‘Portfolio’ collection, combining historic patterns with contemporary colourways.

The Royal Pavilion, a royal seaside residence in Brighton.

The Print affair will be following Allyson and her work and urge you to view the film below and do likewise. Make a cup of tea and take 5 minutes to be inspired;

Click here to watch Allyson Mcdermott at work

Former Head of Sotheby’s Conservation Studio, Advisor to the National Trust and Chair of the Historic Interiors Group of ICON,  Allyson McDermott has spent a lifetime conserving original historic wallpapers and researching materials and techniques, rediscovering century-old processes including woodblock printing, varnishing, gilding, embossing, hand painting and flocking.

Her expertise is built from years of hands-on experimentation; learning from success and failure alike. No detail is too small to get right and solutions are often extremely resourceful; from texturing gold-leafed paper with re-purposed mangle rollers to chopping wool into flock with a rotary lawnmower mechanism. Housed within a medieval manor in Gloucestershire, Allyson’s studio is one of the last remaining block printing studios in Europe and preserves many associated crafts including formulating historically correct paints. There are high-tech elements too, with advanced digital processes used to address particular projects. Above all, the studio’s work is about preserving and rediscovering the beauty of what had so nearly become a lost art.

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Temple Newsam, one of the foremost country houses in Britain.

Midland Hotel, St Pancras Station London.

Allyson McDermott’s practice offers a wide range of specialist services including wallpaper design and printing, conservation and restoration of original wallpapers and interiors, investigation and research and historic interior design consultancy.

Visit allysonmcdemott.com

Allyson McDermott Studio
(+44) 01594 510003  Field house, Awre, Newnham upon Severn, Gloucestershire, GL141EH.

Showroom 8 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LP

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Pantone: Colour of the year 2019

Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

16-1546 Living Coral

‘An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.’ – Pantone.com

A nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings all be it elusively in the the depths of the sea. Now Pantone brings this glorious, optimistic and joyful colour to the surface and the forefront of out minds.

Be playful with this colour that provides comfort and warmth.

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Coral Reefs. Oceans teeming with life and colour. Happy and healthy seas are a feast for the eyes. Nurturing the colours that appears in our natural world.

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Let ‘Living Coral’ brighten up your day. With its’ golden undertones it is perfect for pairing with yellow and mint green combos. Blue is a natural choice to compliment this positive colour.  A clean and bold choice or try dusted down versions for a softer vintage feel.

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Viktor and Rolf and Iris Van Herpen beautiful coral colours in their S/S 19 runway shows.

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Introducing the 2019 @Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral.

It is a warm, natural shade that’s energizing and positive. This year it is going to be one of the biggest visual trends.

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Spring 2019 Couture runways showcasing Pantone colour of the year include Elie Saab and Valentino.

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Butterflies

Last year we were all fruity and this year we are re- visiting the British favourite flying insect. The look ranges from very realistic groups, diaphanous more abstract clouds, botanical to a more folkorique approach. Whatever your preference Sublitex have looks suitable for blouses through to the staple holiday maxi dress.12

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Rixo

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Taking influence from gorgeous, eccentric vintage clothes but making them accessible and wearable for the modern day customer.

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All of the Rixo prints are lovingly hand painted in their design studio and are all unique. Taking majority of their influence from bold vintage pattern, the brand manage to create very lively and creative prints from coloured animal, to clashing florals.

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Critics have noticed them for their clever use of colourand combination of prints in any one collection. They have now secured themselves a spot in the fashion week line up.

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With a healthy amount of celebrity endorsement from the likes of Emma Connolly, Freddie Harrel, Holly Wiloughbyand Dolly Alderton, Rixois now seen to be the must have brand in your wardrobe.

Here is a look at some of the most recent collections from Rixo:

Resort 19 – Romance in Rebellion

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Toile de Jouy

Pronounced “twall Der J’oui”

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Toile meaning linen or cotton canvas

Jouy as in the place Jouy-en-Josasin France where they first started using gravure copper plates over wooden blocks to print fine line pastoral scenes in single colours onto off white ground fabrics for home furnishings including wall and drapery fabric.

This is a strong new trend where the original version is now open to a more modern interpretation. This includes the introduction of more coloursand less pastoral scenes  including tropical foliage, birds and chinoiserie. Sublitex have a variety of styles and in some cases the same design in different sizes. The print can be simple and monochromatic or jazzed up with a bit of texture to look more antiquated and vintage or some bolder multi – colours introduced.

Try and pronounce this correctly as explained above as there are so many mis-understandings in our industry as to the correct name and pronunciation.

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Yayoi Kasuma

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The highly anticipated, most instagramed exhibition of the year, ‘Yayoi Kasuma– The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe’ has touched down in London this winter. With the free ticketed exhibition selling out within a day for a 3 month period, we were lucky enough to get our hands on some tickets and see some of her finest work.

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The highlight of the show was the infinity mirrored room “my heart is dancing to the universe”. The mirrored room is full of giant paper lanterns covered in polka dot patterns suspended from the ceiling. Conveying the illusion of being unmoored in endless space, this large-scale work, the latest example of Kusama’sfamed immersive environments, offers a sense of infinity through the interplay of the rhythmic patterns of colourfulspots covering the black spherical lamps and the surrounding mirrors.4

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Paintings from the artist’s celebrated, ongoing My Eternal Soul series are on view at Gallery II, Wharf Road. Joyfully improvisatory, fluid and highly instinctual, the My Eternal Soul paintings abound with imagery including eyes, faces in profile, and other more indeterminate forms, including the dots for which the artist is synonymous, to offer impressions of worlds at once microscopic and macroscopic.

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About Yayoi Kasuma

For almost seventy years Yayoi Kusama has developed a practice, which, though it shares affiliations with movements such as Surrealism, Minimalism and Pop Art, resists any singular classification. Born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, she studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and by the mid-1960s had become well known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions.

Since this time, Kusama’s extraordinary artistic endeavours have spanned painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art as well as literature, fashion (most notably in her 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton) and product design.

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In 2020 Kusamawill create her first permanent UK installation for the new Crossrailstation at Liverpool Street. Titled Infinite Accumulation, the site-specific work develops her instantly recognisablemotif – the polka dot – into a series of flowing, mirrored steel sculptures, each up to 12 metreswide and 10 metrestall. Below is a digitally rendered image of the installation:9

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