Whiteworks, in collaboration with Hamilton Weston Wallpapers , have just launched the JET Collection of Wallpapers and Fabrics. The inspiration for the collection is a recently discovered portfolio of wonderful hand-drawn sketch designs from the 1930s and 40s produced by the eccentric and talented Joan Evelyn Thomson, who as well as living an extraordinary life was also the grandmother of Whiteworks founder, Susanna White.
Joan Evelyn Thomson went to art school in Paris and Vienna in the 1930s and also travelled extensively in Europe and America. Her long friendship with Edward Wolfe RA, for whom she often modelled, brought her into contact with the Bloomsbury Group. After the war she worked for the iconic Zika Ascher in the late 1940s and produced these fresh and lively designs. Marriages, motherhood and then her involvement during the Beatles era with the Maharishi and Transcendental Meditation meant these patterns went undiscovered until unearthed by Susanna from an old folio in a chest of drawers.
Rites of Spring
African Queen and Squiggle
The wallpapers and fabrics are digitally printed to retain the detail and originality of the artwork, and are available in the original document colours as well as other versions.
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