Between Folds / Ornament

Material: Litho plates in colour & gold from 'The Practical Decorator and Ornamentist' by architects George and Maurice Ashdown Audsley. Glasgow: Blackie & Son, 1892
138 x 94 cm
2012

The plates used in this artwork are taken from one of the last great compendiums of Victorian design, following the tradition of pattern manuals for architects, decorators and designers. Unlike many of the other Between Folds series, there is no text – only the bold and brilliant flow of colour, forever going round in the shape of an ‘O’ for ornament. United finally alongside one another, as they were never meant to be seen, these patterns are exciting and wonderfully various as one, told through their colours as pink darkens to red, to brown, to green. This subtle morphing of colour exposes the strange and unusual combinations of the time; each pattern or motif revealing the far-reaching influence of the empire, many far more exotic than we might expect.