My second bout of inspiration also came courtesy of Winners, where I came across a pack of note cards featuring William Morris prints. For those of you who may not be familiar with his name, Morris was an artist, designer and writer associated with the English Arts and Crafts movement. He is well known for his distinctive textile (and wallpaper) designs, many of which incorporate plants and flowers in gorgeous, intricate patterns. The note cards I found at Winners featured four of his designs, one of which really took my fancy. I remembered seeing wallpaper being used as framed “art”, and decided that this would make the perfect material – and that it might nicely set off my botanical print.
Sadly, the note cards were too small for what I had in mind, and I had no idea where one might go about finding William Morris wallpaper in Edmonton. So I turned to Amazon where, for about $12, I was able to find a collection of Morris textile and wallpaper prints in book form (courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London). Helpfully, the book even came with a CD of all of the prints, ready for personal reproduction. I narrowed my selection down to six patterns that I really liked, and had them printed on 8×10 heavy stock paper. I used IKEA RIBBA frames (love these!), which are both affordable ($12.99 for a medium frame) and have a clean, classic look. I eventually picked four of the six patterns and – voila!