My April edition of Vogue just landed on my desk and announced news that the Tate Modern (museum in London) is about to have a major exhibition celebrating Matisse's paper cut out art.
The exhibition runs from April 17th - September 7th 2014. We have been hugely influenced by these arrangements of bold and colourful shapes. We once made a Matisse inspired blob stencil for an Elle Deco special offer. We also designed a set of decorating masks for our Big & Bold range, code DM17.
For some reason these playful shapes lend themselves so well to fun arrangements and bright, cheerful colours (with big dollops of that wonderful greek blue Matisse used so often). They can be used all over walls or on canvas to make your own art. For further inspiration, we found these Matisse fabric curtains being sold on ebay. A rare find indeed and a wonderful addition to any mid-century inspired scheme.
There is something so joyful about Matisse's cut out art and I love the colour combinations: blue, green, black, yellow, magenta, orange...all the more intense tones (no pastels here). I am sure the exhibition will be spectacular. But perhaps I have more of a love for them because when I was young and off school ill, my mother used to get me to cut out shapes from coloured paper or magazines and glue them onto paper in a pleasing arrangement or within another large shape. I had enormous fun and it was the only good thing about being ill. Rachel