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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 a self-adhesive vinyl wallcovering designed by Cynthia Hathaway. The design was created as a proposal submitted to a “cabin-themed” exhibition organized by Mother, a Canadian product and graphic design firm. The theme of the exhibition reflected one of Canada’s most enduring icons. Hathaway’s paper has a walnut-grain pattern with cut-outs spaced throughout the roll add to the nostalgic, cabin-themed story. The shapes of the cut-outs are things that would frequently be found in log cabins, such as lanterns and oars for a canoe. When the paper is placed over old wallpaper, the cutouts through to the old paper create an automatic link between past and present. Hathaway believes it is... 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

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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