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What is this?

Die-cut shapes on a walnut grain adhesive vinyl. The cutouts include a cuckoo clock, souvenir spoons in a rack, lantern and oars for canoe. The paper is meant to evoke a cabin-like feeling where ever it is installed. The paper can be installed over an existing wallpaper, allowing the old paper to show through the cutout designs. This allows the past to continue in the present.

Why is this in our collection?

"Memory Wallpaper" is the result of a design proposal for an exhibition submitted to a collaborative firm of Canadian product and graphic designers called Mother.  The theme of the exhibition was the cabin, one of Canada's most enduring icons.  The designer thought this adhesive vinyl wallcovering was the perfect medium for this project.  It is used globally by the "do-it-yourself" market, as reflected by the application instructions written in 13 languages.  She believes this adhesive wallcovering is nostalgic, and the cut-outs spaced throughout the roll add to the story.  The object cut-outs are cabinesque in nature, things that would frequently be found in log cabins.  With... more

This is a sidewall from Netherlands. It is dated 2003–04 and we acquired it in 2004. Gift of Cynthia Hathaway. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

adhesive vinyl with cut-outs

Its dimensions are

Overall: 1465 x 70 cm (48 ft. 3/4 in. x 27 9/16 in.)

This object was designed by Cynthia Hathaway

This object was donated by Cynthia Hathaway

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