Love Leaves (1800) ~ William Kilburn
Cameleopard | Prussian Blue
A love letter to repetition in nature, this design by William Kilburn dates from 1800. The watercolour, small in scale, was found in a sketchbook by descendent Gabriel Sempill and is a departure from the chintz Kilburn was more widely recognized for.
As with nature’s certainties, Love Leaves grounds us in the knowledge that the seasons will spring again, the sun will shine another day, the leaves will shoot once more. Its surface-printed technique mimics the patterns of nature – each season the same, each impression slightly different. The technique also recalls the traditional woodblocks that would have been used in 1800, and surface printing gives the wallpaper an organic, tactile finish with a handcrafted feel.
Samples are A4 size and measure 21 x 30 cm. They come folded in half.
Photographs by Giulietta Verdon-Roe
Cameleopard, Prussian Blue
Roll, A4 Sample