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Monday, 01 October 2012 13:52

Chiswick mum’s children’s wallpaper design to grace the walls of V&A

Response prompts commercial launch

A new approach to the design of children’s wallpaper, created by a mum from West London, has received the accolade of being selected as part of Inspired by…, a display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

The wallpaper was developed by artist and designer Rebecca Harker from Chiswick, who needed to create a nursery for the twins she’s expecting in the New Year. Frustrated by the lack of well-designed children’s wallpaper, she decided to learn how to do it herself, and joined a course on silk-screen printing. It was during her time assisting in the furniture department at the V&A last year that Rebecca was inspired by some of the museum’s collection to develop the novel Dinosaur-themed design.

“I found it impossible to find wallpaper which my children would love, but would also be stylish enough to enhance the house.” She explains. “When I saw Celia Birtwell’s designs in the V&A, I was inspired to create something which ticked both the kids and the parent’s boxes – and that’s how the ‘Dinosaur’ wallpaper was born.”

Now, the Dinosaur wallpaper has been selected for display, alongside other selected works from 6 October at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of Inspired by..., the V&A's annual art competition for people on part-time courses. Participants create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either V&A South Kensington, or the V&A Museum of Childhood and are judged by a panel of curators, designers and educators.

Marilyn Greene, Inspired by Programme Manager at the V&A said: "The V&A's collections continue to inspire designers and we're delighted to show Rebecca Harker's wallpaper design as part of Inspired By... which is a wonderful testimony to this continuous relationship between our collections and new design."

The wallpaper, which is individually hand printed, has been such a hit that Rebecca has now launched it commercially, creating a dedicated website www.rebeccaharker.com, where it is retailed in 10-metre rolls.

“The dinosaur theme was an instant hit with my 1-year old, and all of my friend’s kids” she said “but it’s been the reaction of the parent’s which has been so interesting – people really seem to appreciate it as an attractive design in it’s own right, which is what I wanted to achieve.”

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