Research point 2

Elizabeth Blackadder:

I was expecting that with a name like this she would be a younger person that had chosen that name. Turns out I was wrong and she is a now elderly painter and printmaker known for her paintings of flowers. Viewed 23 August 2017

Flowers on an Indian Cloth, 1965, Oil crayon on paper

This is a wonderful colourful drawing with loose but expressive lines that capture the colour and life of the subject . Viewed 23 August 2017

 Another beautiful drawing. Normally I don’t like a composition like this surrounded in white, but on this occasion I think it serves to highlight the detail, variation and colour in the individual leaves.

Now here I’m guessing we are looking at the interior design company Zoffany rather than the  18th century neoclassical painter Johan Zoffany, who doesn’t seem to have done many flower drawings 😊.

I’m going to include a photo of a Zoffany fabric called Rothko in celebration of the wonderful depth of colour in a Rothko painting I assume. 

Obviously this is taken from a commercial site, the details of which are at the top. This doesn’t relate to flowers specifically but I couldn’t resist the name, the colour and the weave variation. There are other wallpapers and fabrics with repetitive damask flower patterns but the regular less organic patterns appeal to me less. 


Erdem Moralioglu is a fashion designer that studied at the Royal College of art. I was attracted to the winter collection with its patchwork of stylised flowers, appealing to my quilting background. The lush fabrics combined as patchwork give an exotic mood to more traditional stylised motifs. Normally I don’t like flowers such as these but in combination they convey further depth and story. In these works he has attempted to combine traditional English motifs with lush Turkish fabrics as a celebration of his dual heritage. Viewed 23 August 2017

William Morris: Viewed 23 August 2017

William Morris was a designer that drew heavily on floral imagery, and was part of the arts and crafts movement in the 19th century.  A lot of his imagery is densely patterned and with long repeats creating an all over design that is not immediately seen to be repetitive. In the tiles above you can seen an example of a mirrored repeat. I’m not very atttracted to repeats although am interested in the effects that can be achieved through mirroring. The use of all over design creates the luxurious effect of dense foliage. 

Takashi Murakami: Viewed 23 August 2017

Touted as the ‘Japanese Andy Warhol’, Takashi Murakami make brightly coloured works with flower motifs amongst them. He has a style he calls ‘super flat’ which references the flat nature of earlier Japanese works. 

Timorous Beasties:

Another textile design company. Lots of floral and nature based designs, with an underlying foundation of the intertwining of nature and society.  Viewed 23 August 2017 

The site had a fun program where you could input a variety of textile designs over a generic room. This is my result using all nature based textile prints.


Another commercial site. I’m not used to looking at these. I struggled here to find any information about the use of floral motifs, and in fact not much imagery of floral motifs. Viewed 23 August 2017

 Jane Askey:   Viewed 23 August 2017

On her site Jane talks about painting based on textile background. Floral motifs that are often associated with textile and flattened pictorial space. I have chosen this one because I like the way the vibrant hues in the foreground resonant with similar more subdued hues in the background. Despite talking about flattened pictorial space, the differential vibrancy does create some depth. 

Tore Boontje:   Viewed 23 August 2017

Tore is an industrial designer that uses floral motifs in his textile work, and here in collaboration with a ceramic company. He is combining an interest in nature, materials and technology to create beautiful work. 

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