Deborah Bowness

Cattywumpus is a good word. I don’t know how it is spelled.

It’s the word that came to mind when I rounded the bend near the dressing rooms at Liberty of London back in September. There I came face to face with one of Deborah Bowness’ dress images. It was green.

Only I didn’t know it was by Deborah Bowness, and I didn’t know that it was wallpaper, handmade in England. I just knew that I loved it.

As luck would have it, a similarly wonky layered photograph of a lamp popped up in one of the many design websites I troll. It seemed like the creative hand behind the lamp matched my memory of that layered dress. The source was discovered!

Like David Hockney paintings, that I came to love back in the early 1980s, Bowness layers images up against each other in ways I can only call cattywumpus.

Ordinary becomes extraordinary.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara Pinto
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:01:54

    wow…she’s an interesting one. so simple and so effective. thanks for sharing, dearest.


  2. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 12:48:40

    That is so effective.. I would love to have the right room for it in my home! Loving the cattywumpus!!


  3. Emma
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 13:52:40

    Love the dress. Love the word cattywumpus. Love your blog. Emma from and BYW


  4. Rachael
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:07:05

    A new word! Love it!



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