NEW AND NOW: Blackpop's Winning Designs at Decorex
One of the most exciting finds at Decorex 2015 was the new "The Tudors-Deconstructed" range of fabrics, wallpapers and selected pieces of vintage furniture by Blackpop.
The range is based on an abstraction of 16th century Tudor portraits in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery. Maxine Hall, Designer and Director at Blackpop, was given special access to examine the portraits with imaging techniques such as photo microscopy, x-radiograpy and infrared reflectography in connection with the Gallery's special research project on their Tudor art.
Blackpop's "The Tudors- Deconstructed" collection is the result and Maxine's 'Elizabeth' design in the range took "Best New Product"at Decorex 2015.
According to Maxine: "Working with the team at the National Portrait Gallery and these amazing paintings has been a complete privilege. Being able to examine and reimagine over 20 works to create abstract, contemporary patterns has been a creative's dream. The richness and depth of the colour palette alone gives these new designs an edge and a stand out wow factor..."
The entire process sounds fascinating. Blackpop was especially inspired by these paintings of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I in the National Portrait Gallery's collection and some of the microscopic images taken from them:
I can't get this intriguing imagery out of my mind. When I discovered another Tudor portrait at Lorford Antiques from the same period the following day in the Cotswolds, I wanted to rush it to Maxine so I could see what she would come up with.
Amazing. Merry old England, indeed.
Photo credits: Tudor portraits and microscopic detail images from the National Portrait Gallery London. First image and image of portrait at Lorfords by Lynn Byrne. All other images courtesy of Blackpop.