Besides the lovely moment when I won an industry sponsored competition, set by a great British wallpaper company, Graham and Brown, my proudest moment was when a roll of the finished paper was taken into the archives of a museum.
The wallpaper was on show as part of an exhibition 'Eco Home' in 2010 at the Geffrye Museum, a wonderful London museum dedicated to the history of the home.
The 'Eco Home' exhibition hoped 'to address, without preaching, widespread and increasing concerns about ecology and the state of the planet and how this links to our homes and the way we use, decorate and inhabit them.'
A roll of the Bittern Wallpaper, along with a recorded interview with me about the design was taken into the archives at The Geffrye Museum as an example of the eco movement in design.
The three wallpaper designs are based around the Bittern, a bird who's reedbed habitat is seriously under threat from rising sea levels.
I used mainly pen and ink to draw the birds in order to give a handcrafted feel to the collection. The colour palette was based on the browns of the Bitterns themselves. Bitterns are masters of disguise, shrinking to ball shapes or extending their necks to hide in the reeds so the designs combine these two elements.
This is a warm up to other blog posts I'm going to be writing about trying to balance my eco concerns with my love of designing.