Wall hangings of lime-green silk, gilded screens panelled in shocking pink, a salon chair in citrus yellow, awash with soft mauve flowers - Carolyn Quartermaine's work as a textile designer, artist, and art director, is individual, romantic and contemporary. In the interiors that she creates, artistic innovation and the glamour of the fashion world meet.
Carolyn Quartermaine uses rooms like canvases - as a medium for self-expression and a means of creating moods. With an artist's eye, she collects inspiration from the textures, shapes and colours around her and transforms them - through paint, print and collage - into glorious interior schemes.
Even food and flowers fall within her design remit, the simplest table setting enhanced by subtle attention to details. She recreates the past with a fresh unconventional eye, contrasting and combining the old with the new, whether on a canvas, chair or tabletop. An artist's palette of sorbet colours - citrine, violet, tangerine and emerald - saturate every page, vibrant but not jarring. Influences as diverse as a Tuscan frescoed wall or a decorated Cocteau plate are reinvented with her own creative stamp.
'Unwrapped' is the first time Carolyn Quartermaine's work has been explored in such depth. It reveals, layer by layer, the inspirations and passions that dissolve the boundaries between fashion, art and interior design. It reasserts the presence of the artist at work and shows just how much this imaginative approach has to offer the contemporary interior.
Contains full colour photographs.
- Publication Date:
- 08 / 10 / 1999
- 246 x 327 x 24mm