Manchester Art Museum



We visited the Manchester Art Museum and these are the two pieces of art work that inspired me these inspired me because of the patterns, different lines and colours used. I liked the subtle colours used, I also liked the look of the first image with the vines and the nature aspect to it I like the shading and natural simple colours used. The second art piece I like the pinks and purples used and how a repetitive pattern is used. I struggled looking in the Art Museum as I loved the art work and the historical elements to the work however It’s not the art that I’m best at and l probably couldn’t repeat the techniques the artists used in the pieces of art work he has done and do them in my typography work.

This is why I liked the look of these two artist as they are quite modern pieces that I would probably be able to take ideas from the artwork and repeat them into my typography.

The first piece of work was made by Cole & Son Ltd. It was made with a colour print from lino blocks. Quoted from the museum[-

“The Bardfield Wallpapers project was begun in 1938 by Edward Bawden in collaboration with his friend and neighbour John Aldridge. Aldridge was inspired by Bawden to experiment with lino-cut. Cornucopia is a symbol of abundance, traditionally decapitated as a large horn-shaped wicker basket full of flowers. Here, the stylised horns is filled with bouquets of ivy and bindweed. Aldridge block-printed this Bardfield Wallpaper by hand in the popular distemper colours of green, grey and white.”

The second piece of work was made by Curwen Press in 1933 made on Colour Lithograph on paper. A quote from the museum-

“Node is one of four designs from the Plaistow Wallpapers series commissioned from Edward Bawden by the Curwen Press in 1932 and printed the following year. The series was named after the east London home of the Curwen Press, the printers at the forefront of revitalising design in British printing during the early 20th century. Bawden worked extensively for the Curwen Press who reproduced his lino-cut wallpaper designs with the same attention to detail as they paid to fine art print.”




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