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Mural, Hooks and Frocks

This is a Mural. It was designed by Deborah Bowness. It is dated 1999 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is screen printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Hooks and Frocks can be embellished with actual hooks, from which can be hung additional garments and bags of the owner’s choice for a more personalized look. Deborah Bowness’s work is a contemporary example of trompe l’oeil, which has a very long history in wallcoverings. Many of the earliest wallpapers were imitations of textiles, stone, and architectural elements. The interactivity invited by the designs and the photomontage technique is a highly contemporary take on this old tradition.
Bowness is a British artist and designer based in London. She studied surface pattern and textile design at the Leeds College of Art and Design and received an MA in printed textiles from the Royal College of Art in London. Bowness creates beautiful trompe l’oeil designs incorporating everyday objects and room vignettes. These are printed in a monochromatic format with certain articles screenprinted in color. She has a line of ready-made designs, which includes Hooks and Frocks, and also designs for private commissions. She has also been commissioned to design custom papers for major companies including Polydor Records, Christian Lacroix, Philippe Starck, and Paul Smith.
This paper would be a wonderful addition to our trompe l’oeil designs, contemporary British designs, and collection of scenics and murals.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Hooks and Frocks.

This object was donated by Anthropologie. It is credited Gift of Anthropologie.

Its dimensions are

Overall (per panel): 330 x 56 cm (10 ft. 9 15/16 in. x 22 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Mural, Hooks and Frocks; Designed by Deborah Bowness; England; screen printed on paper; Overall (per panel): 330 x 56 cm (10 ft. 9 15/16 in. x 22 1/16 in.); Gift of Anthropologie; 2007-18-1-a/d

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