Monday, January 23, 2012

What Inspired Them?

Liberty has just unveiled their new season of art fabrics and I've made up a test especially for you. Let's see how clever you are in divining the inspiration of the prints below.

(Hint: In one of the questions, all three answers are correct.)

1. This fabric was inspired by:
Dr Tulloch A Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts
b. A chaotic bookcase
c. stacks of ceramic tiles at Royal Doulton

2. This fabric was inspired by:
Glencott House D Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. The garden writings of Vita Sackville-West
b. Princess Diana's favorite flowers
c. the grounds of Glencot House in Somerset

3. This fabric was inspired by:
Melanie Atai C Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. Cotton candy in Hyde Park
b.Pink champagne bubbles at the Dorchester
c. "Portrait of a Lady" (1465) by Alesso Baldovinetti

4. This fabric was inspired by:
Elevenses A Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. crockery, framed pictures of ceramics and drinking afternoon tea whilst drawing
b. a trip to Glencot House in Somerset
c. it's loosely based on another Liberty print called "Dancing Ladies"

5. This fabric is based on:
Landis C Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics.

a. the Art Deco architecture in the film "Metropolis"
b. the urbanization of Eastern Europe
c. a traditional ikat from Uzbekhistan

6. This fabric was inspired by:
Gilliam A Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. an old underground map of London
b. the French film "Breathless"
c. the children's game "Parcheesi" ("Ludo", to those of you in the UK)

7. This fabric was inspired by:
Picardie B Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. the film "A Clockwork Orange"
b. the rural countryside of poet John Betjeman (1906-1984)
c. Queen Elizabeth's kitchen garden at Hatfield House

8. This fabric was inspired by:
Wookey Hole B Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. the tidal pools of Cornwall
b. cave drawings and photography from Wookie Hole in Somerset
c. the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey"

9. This fabric was inspired by:
Boadicea C Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. an old piece of stumpwork at the V&A Museum
b. statues of lions around England
c. the London Zoo

10. This fabric was inspired by:
Powell B Tana Lawn, Liberty Art Fabrics

a. a tablecloth made of Madeira lace that belonged to Queen Victoria
b. the character of Sylvia in "La Dolce Vita" who wore a provocative top
c. the novel "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

1. b
2. c
3. c
4. a, b and c
5. a
6. b
7. a
8. b
9. b
10. b

How did you do? (Brilliantly, no doubt. If you got 3 or more correct -- because I made them hard, I know -- I give you a royal curtsey.)



Karena said...

This was fun Lisa, to read the inspirations and I love to see new fabric designs


Art by Karena

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

These are fabulous.
I want them all. Especially #1.
#8 reminded me of chickens.

debbie bailey said...

Start curtsying! Those are some pretty cool fabrics. Fun quiz.

Jane the Booklady said...

I got a few right and loved some of the fabrics. Thanks for the fun! Jane x

Lily said...

They were all so charming and gorgeous, daydreams in color, I was totally bewitched and thus totally failed...

StuckInABook said...

Gosh, some of those are breathtaking! I find it hard to believe that 7 could be inspired by something so unpleasant as Clockwork Orange...

Many of these would make lovely endpapers for Persephone. Indeed, no.7 would be much nicer than the print they did choose for Few Eggs and No Oranges.


The Buzz Blog @ Diane James Home said...

These "gobbled my mind" (a favorite of my French husband) and being sleep-depraved (from taking care of a sick boy) didn't help! They are all pretty stunning and it is so much fun to know about the inspirations behind the patterns. Thank you for the fun! Cynthia

somepinkflowers said...

which was
the most fun???

a. looking at the fabric
b. reading the choices
c. selecting the correct answer
d. wanting a wrong answer
to be the correct

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

What a brilliant creative well thought out post, and a lot of work! You never stop amazing me with this type of series. Thanks Kev

BIGLIZ said...

I would like a large throw pillow of all these fabrics please.

edi gardner said...

Sackville! Do you happened to know the little poem she wrote to her seeds? You must know! I thought it was on the first page of Garden People but it is not. You probably know by heart.

Sneaky Magpie said...

No 2 is going to be my bedroom curtains!

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