Bringing Art Home

‘Fancy Papers’ Exhibition at Tenderbooks

'Fancy Papers' Exhibition at Tenderbooks

 

‘Fancy Papers’ was a term adopted by Victorian paper manufacturers who used the phrase to refer to a wide variety of printed patterned papers. While CommonRoom’s papers are ‘fancy’ they are not just decorative. Rooted in a concept, they bridge the gap between high art and low. This show developed that notion with the pairing of artwork and wallpaper.

The exhibition included four wallpapers designed by contemporary artists Goshka MacugaKate OwensJames Ferris and Kate Hawkins. A work by each artist accompanied their wallpaper.

 

Dead End wallpaper designed by artist Kate Owens in the Fancy Papers Exhibition

Installation View, ‘Fancy Papers’, Tenderbooks, 2015-16

CommonRoom artist wallpapers in the Fancy Papers Exhibition at Tenderbooks

Installation View, ‘Fancy Papers’, Tenderbooks, 2015-16

CommonRoom artist wallpapers in the Fancy Papers Exhibition at Tenderbooks

Installation View, ‘Fancy Papers’, Tenderbooks, 2015-16

CommonRoom artist wallpapers in the Fancy Papers Exhibition at Tenderbooks

Installation View, ‘Fancy Papers’, Tenderbooks, 2015-16

CommonRoom artist wallpapers in the Fancy Papers Exhibition at Tenderbooks

Installation View, ‘Fancy Papers’, Tenderbooks, 2015-16

Back to Front wallpaper designed by artist Goshka Macuga in the Fancy papers exhibition

‘Back to Front’ wallpaper by Goshka Macuga for CommonRoom with ‘Untitled’, Goshka Macuga, 2015

CommonRoom artist wallpapers in the Fancy Papers Exhibition at Tenderbooks

‘282 Ways of Making a Salad’ wallpaper by James Ferris for CommonRoom with ‘Sam Sausage’, James Ferris, 2010, oil on canvas

Dead End wallpaper designed by artist Kate Owens in the Fancy Papers Exhibition

‘Dead End’ wallpaper by Kate Owens for CommonRoom with ‘Bottom’, 2015, Kate Owens, Screenprint on Cotton

Be Yourself or Something Else wallpaper designed by artist Kate Hawkins in the Fancy papers exhibition

‘Be Yourself or Something Else’ wallpaper by Kate Hawkins for CommonRoom

Curtains by artist Kate Hawkins, oil on canvas in the Fancy Papers exhibition

‘Curtains’, 2015, Kate Hawkins, oil on canvas, painted curtain rings