I travelled to London to see the exhibition 'Jazz Age: Fashion and Photography' at The Fashion and Textile Museum. Before the end of March I need to create an art deco themed panel for an international decorative art show that I am participating in and so I was looking for inspiration. My exhibition panel will be stencilled; because that is my specialist decorative skill. Before I visited the museum I had in mind the graphic, jagged, art deco patterns and was thinking in metallic hues rather than bold colour; but as expected the trip to the FTMLondon broadened my horizons.
Now there were roses to consider...
...as well as roses there was Chinoiserie and Japanisme; both genres feature well in the range of stencils that we make at The Stencil Library. However, this post will concentrate on the art deco roses. There were roses that I would not have considered as part of the deco style; they appeared on garments such as the stencil style pyjamas and the velvet cloak below.
I have put an insert into each photo which shows the detail of the decoration. If I had been looking at similar designs amongst our range of stencils I would have thought of them as country style roses and I would have missed their 'deco' potential.
There was a lot of floral inspiration! If you are inspired to stencil your walls furniture or clothing with rose designs I suggest that you put 'roses' into the search on our home page, that is what I did and I found some great results; then click on any of the designs to find the price and size of the selected rose stencil. Bear in mind that we can make our stencils in different sizes. The art deco rose made from sequins is similar to Mackintosh style stencils in our range, these designs are sometimes known as Glasgow roses.
I did say that we can make many sizes of stencil! The Glasgow style rose appeared on a fan that was on display at the exhibition, I knew that Rachel (this blog's co author) had one the same so she brought it to the office for me to photograph, these fans bore a decorative design on one side and advertised the sponsors name on the other, in this instance it was Moet et Chandon. Isn't it fab?
One of the ladies queuing in the picture below is wearing stencil-ish roses on her dress, they are very similar to barge painting roses, just imagine them in different colours.
I am not sure whether I have formed an idea for my art deco exhibition panel yet but I think that may choose colours that are similar to this velvet coat dress. We have some gorgeous metallic paints that stencil onto fabric beautifully.
Notice the roses lining the sleeve on the neighbouring coat. Rachel has the catalogue of the Jazz Age exhibition. It is a lovely book written by Martin Pel and is currently for sale at the FTMLondon online shop. The exhibition has now finished so the book has to be the substitute. The International Decorative Art exhibition is known as The Salon. It will be hosted in New York City on April 13th to 16th.