Mural, Hooks and Frocks, 1999
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
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, 1999; 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