According to a recent article from Domino, toile is on the verge of a comeback.
"The pattern, known more formally as toile de Jouy, first found popularity in late 18th-century France. Inspired by traditional Chinese porcelain designs and prints, the pattern is identifiable by its landscape scenes and floral motifs frequently rendered in either blue or red hues. Since its origin, it’s enjoyed waves of popularity, notably in colonial time, the 1970s, and the early aughts. It’s a traditional pattern, typically partnered with more traditional furnishings. But given its slow trickle back into fashion, it may be gearing up for an upgrade."
I began creating toile inspired artwork in 2017, mixing photography with chintz lace patterns and weaving them together. My 'Comforts of Home' series explored what home means to me through the use of different floral and bird motifs. Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from blue security envelope lining, grouping them together to form a chintz 'fabric' toile pattern. These elements then formed the base for a paper patchwork and the patterns to decorate ceramic plates.
Limited edition prints and a handful of original pieces are still available:
One of the top interior design trends for 2018 has been plant decor, in particular patterned plants. According to Pinterest searches for "pattern plants" was up a massive 533%! Naturally this has flown through into art and design and as luck would have it last year I began working on my 'Variegated' collection which is focused on the patterns found in leaves.
Format Magazine has an interesting read on why plants are having an art world moment here.
As Aimee Morris for Art Style Files puts it "More and more people are decking out their homes with plants. Who doesn’t love a good succulent? If your green fingers aren’t up to scratch, try one of these delicious botanical prints."
The Variegated collection launches in August, but until then I have a few original plant inspired pieces available here
Jennifer is a multidisciplinary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her unique work combines traditional art and textile techniques from around the world, such as weaving, with her formal training in fine art photography and digital imaging.