Sidewall, "Frames", 2004 Screen-printed on paper. Gift of Graham & Brown Inc.. 2005-31-1.
What is this?
Children's interactive wallpaper containing 17 different picture frames of varying size. The frames are freely drawn in black line on a white ground. The empty frames are designed to be drawn in.
Why is this in our collection?
"Frames" is a new idea in children's wallpaper. It is one of the first wallpapers designed to be drawn on. Earlier interactive papers include cut-and-paste motifs from 1906, and chalkboard papers and paint-it-yourself scenics introduced in the 1950s. While the paper is attractive in itself, with its stark graphic quality, it invites children to draw pictures within the frames. The paper can be installed horizontally as a border above a chair rail or other child-appropriate height or vertically, repeating in the usual fashion. "Frames" is a new take on print room wallpapers, popular during the mid-18th century. It was common to paste engraved prints directly on the... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Wall Stories: Children's Wallpapers and Books, Friday, October 03, 2008 - Sunday, April 05, 2009