COOPER HEWITT: Rip Van Winkle on Wallpaper

SOURCE: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2016/05/03/rip-van-wallpaper/

Posted by Anna Rasche

Wallpaper, like all design, can be a powerful tool for communicating a specific message. Take for example wallpapers printed during the French Revolution that portrayed ribbons of red, white and blue in support of the uprising.

On this object, however, a message has been spelled-out right on top of the design, the pattern becoming a mere backdrop. A fairly standard arrangement of Rococo-inspired scrolls was printed with a broadside advertising a performance. Done in mellow ochres and reds, the wallpaper pattern adds visual interest to the poster without obscuring the text, which is printed in one of those great, old-timey Wild West fonts.


MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2016/05/03/rip-van-wallpaper/

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