Ostrich, Small Gold Leaf on BrownstoneRegular price $ 185.00
An artful metaphor for Denial, and the first of our hand-drawn wallpapers, Ostrich is both an elegant and mischievous statement fitting for our times. In reality, ironically, Ostriches can stomach anything – able even to digest rocks, the Ostrich was a symbol of profound strength to ancient alchemists.
Small Gold Leaf on Brownstone is a sumptuous dark, chocolaty matte base with a small Ostrich motif in gold leaf.
• Each roll is 20.5" wide x 11 yards long
• Repeat: 20.8"
• 7-10 business day lead time.
• Printed to non-woven paper
• Made in England
Gold illustration on chocolate brown background
Father and daughter John and Louise Wakefield created the brand inadvertently in 2008, with the express intention of releasing a one-off velvet Skull wallpaper and leaving it at that. But ideas quickly snowballed into an entire pattern book of designs, print houses were far too accommodating and before you could say ‘financial crash’ a whole brand was born. John has over 50 years’ design experience in wallpaper and illustration [and holds the Guinness World Record for building and flying the world’s smallest remote-controlled airplane] and Louise was a location photographer with a sideline in property renovation which continues to this day. They share a history of obscure interests from atomic energy, Lucite guitars and microlights to sharks, perfumery and herbal medicine. In the 1980’s they were residents of the rolling Pendle Moors – cradle of the modern wallpaper trade – and Beware the Moon still print just down the hill today. The company’s roots are in time-honored craftsmanship, keeping the wallpaper trade with its feet firmly on the ground…but its head in the clouds.
Everything begins with a traditional approach in the studio – hand-drawings, intricate cut-outs, pencils, rubbers and airbrushes. Prototypes go to the print house where specialists are squeezed and cajoled until delicious wallpaper emerges. We hand printed heavy glitters for the first time in the industry (a process that took months to perfect); blended iridescent pigments that change color as you walk by; drew detail so relentless that a single design took a year to complete; and we pioneered the holographic undercoats and 3-Dimensional foils now commonplace across the industry. We won’t mention the endless hair-brained experiments that have yielded nothing but an anti-climax and empty pocket.