Design Story 2: The World’s End papers

Six months have slipped by since the last post, and they have been busy ones. We now have not one but two new collections of patterns, soon to be launched with an exhibition at number 18 Ormond Quay, Dublin, present home of the Dublin Civic Trust. The exhibition runs from Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th June, 10.00 – 5.00.

Two heads are better than one, and I have been fortunate in coming across and enlisting the help of designer Christine Westcott of Westcott and Heaney, whose input into the World’s End Papers has been invaluable. With a fresh take on the creative possibilities and armed with the most up to date pattern design software, Christine has been able to resolve the issues I was having around converting the painterly images drawn from photographs of chinaware into motifs which could then be arranged into patterns.

In order to really preserve the hand-painted quality of the imagery a combination of digital editing and hand-drawn artwork proved to be the best approach. This is most true of the pattern Captain Delamain’s Ramble (named after the owner of the World’s End pottery), in which those inspiring landscape scenes are set within a trellis derived from some of the floral elements used on Irish delftware. The final version of the trellis was hand painted by Christine, while the scenes went through several stages of digital ‘painting’ and retouching before they had the right coherence and consistency.

The trellis is also available on its own, without the scenes, and named Mrs Bijar after Captain Delamain’s business partner and second wife Mary Bijar, who ran the pottery after Delamain’s death.

The other two patterns are China Warehouse and Delft Damask. China Warehouse is a collage of images and decorative text celebrating the many and varied themes and forms of Irish delftware. Here the patriotic motifs used on Irish commemorative ware are mixed together with the Oriental figures, animals, plants and buildings which the World’s End painters copied so successfully from imported Chinese porcelain.

In Delft Damask , inspired by the Dutch delftware which had such a strong influence on the World’s End potters, an exuberant floral arrangement in an elaborate architectural planter and stand is repeated to form a damask pattern of imposing scale (the paper is 70cm wide).

The wallpapers in the World’s End collection are digitally printed onto high quality paste-the-wall paper, making them easy to install.

They are printed to order, and will take up to four weeks to deliver. Prices below do not include delivery.

Other colourways are available – an online brochure showing all colourways will be available shortly.

Captain Delamain’s Ramble: 10m x 52 cm roll, Euro 120.00
Mrs Bijar: 10m x 52 cm roll, Euro 120.00
China Warehouse: 10m x 52 cm roll, Euro 120.00
Delft Damask: 10m x 70 cm roll, Euro 140.00