Monday, August 9, 2010

Phillip Morrison

Last weekend while camping in Doolin (a small town on the West Coast of Ireland) I came across the gallery of painter Phillip Morrison. I instantly fell in love with his paintings I just love how they are so full of energy and fun; I really like his use of bright colours and his use of strong lines.

Phillip grew up in Twyne in North Wales and before pursue his carrer in art he worked as a police officer for 6 years. When he decided that that was not for him he decided to go and studied in St Martins College of Art in London and from there his tallent grew.

Going Surfing

Cliffs Swirl

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

David Hicks Hexagonal Wallpaper

This wallpaper was first designed in the 1960s by David Hicks. It is available once again through wallpaper manufacturer Cole and Son. David Hicks was a very influential English interior designer who was born in the 1920's. I think this geometric print is brilliant, I particularly like the pink colourway it reminds me of some of the interior designer Kelly Wrestlers work.

Interesting Fact 
The other day I was watching Toy Story when I noticed that the carpet in the scary toy torturing next door neighbours house was the Hix Hexagonal Print the wallpaper is also very similar check it out.  

Then I was informed that the carpet is also the same as the carpet in the Hotel in the movie the Shining. See the image below.

PiP Studio

On a recent trip to Avoca Handweavers ( a clothing manufacturing and retail business in Ireland) I came across a great range of porcelain. Later while looking through a Brian Yates wallpaper book I came across wallpaper with the very same design and decided to do a bit of investigating. I found out that yes the porcelain and the wallpaper where designed by the same person PiP. 

PIP who's real name is Catherine was born in a small village by the sea in Holland. She has a love of birds in particular a small African parrot from the genus Agapornis which is present in many of the designs. Her studio started in her attic in Amsterdam and has grown from there.  She does porcelain, stationary, bedding, wallpaper, bags and textiles. Her motto is ‘Happy products for Happy people’ 

Check out her website at