Wallpaper & Accounts
Monday April 30 2012
Elizabeth Lloyd is Object’s Accounts Officer, working part time as she completes her studies in Visual Arts & Design at ACU.
At the moment I work the equivalent of 3 days here at the Object offices working as the Accounts Officer, but my remaining time is spent studying visual arts and design at uni. I have just started my final year and the thought of doing self-directed work was quite daunting at the beginning, but so far it’s been smooth sailing (I’m sure that will change closer to the deadline!)
After debating what to major in for the last 6 months, I decided to follow my passion and go with print — I love all things that embody print, whether it’s textile design, wallpaper, handmade or machine made, I love it all, especially anything kitsch or a garishly wacky bold design!
So I decided to embark on a new challenge and make my own wallpaper — at the time this seemed like a very organic decision… 10 metres of ‘test’ printing later and now onto my second roll, I am still yet to finalise my print and now find myself changing it every time I look at it!
My inspiration came from re-discovering my love of anything designed by one of my favourites — William Morris. I love how he brings together fine art and industry, using things found in nature and then reproducing it in various forms of print, whether it be tapestries, curtains, wallpaper or just simply a watercolour painting. Looking through his works, I decided to recreate something similar to Morris’ distinct style that encompasses his love of nature, and so I chose to focus my theme on ‘Australian flora’ so I could create my own William Morris-esque wallpaper. I’m using the process of silk screen and lino to print and chose eucalyptus leaves and wattle flowers (two very iconic Australian plats) as the features for my wallpaper.
Now it’s time to buckle down and finish before the end of this semester! Only 3 weeks and 3 days to go… but who’s counting?