Martyn Thompson Studio

TEXTILES AND INTERIOR ARTS

THE ACCIDENTAL EXPRESSIONIST...MARCH 2019

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The Accidental Expressionist    In the studio with fabrics from the Accidental Expressionist collection.

The Accidental Expressionist

In the studio with fabrics from the Accidental Expressionist collection.

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing but it can be a wonderful technique in itself. A certain combination of naive curiousity and dogged determination has certainly paid off for me in the past.

It was only a half dozen years ago I fancied across the digital jacquard weaving process. I wasn’t then looking to make textiles: I was exploring diifferent ways of reproducing my photos.

But that changed quite rapidly as I saw a potential to create something new.… Technology has a habit of inflicting “newness” upon me.

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From the top: Drippy Jacquard, Dropcloth Moss jacquard with a MTS/Dove Drury Hornbuckle "Quarry" lamp in bronze, Blotch jacquard on a 50's Italian sofa, Still life of paint splattered cardboard, the studio bedroom with Accidental Expressionist tapestry photographed for New York magazine, Splat Red jacquard on a vintage dining chair.

From the top: Drippy Jacquard, Dropcloth Moss jacquard with a MTS/Dove Drury Hornbuckle "Quarry" lamp in bronze, Blotch jacquard on a 50's Italian sofa, Still life of paint splattered cardboard, the studio bedroom with Accidental Expressionist tapestry photographed for New York magazine, Splat Red jacquard on a vintage dining chair.

Soon I was searching through my archive for images that potentially could develop into a repeat pattern.The result of this was The Accidental Expressionist: patterns derived from pictures of the paint splattered sheets of cardboard that covered my studio floor. 

It's sounds quite simple but there was a lot of "to and fro" and learning to be done. Images were cut and pasted, reformed and recolored, then translated into a fine art jacquard tapestry weave.

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The Pinch "Pendle" chair upholstered in Dropcloth Moss, MTS pillows in Dropcloth Moss and Blue, MTS sheer linen in Duckegg Blue, the studio photographed for World of Interiors.

The Pinch "Pendle" chair upholstered in Dropcloth Moss, MTS pillows in Dropcloth Moss and Blue, MTS sheer linen in Duckegg Blue, the studio photographed for World of Interiors.

Making up the names for each textile is a job in itself- kind of torturous and fun at the same time— certainly the thesaurus comes in very handy. Splat, Drippy, Blotch, Whitewash, Dropcloth. Right now I'm working on a new collection: working title "Rose Tinted Glasses".

In the last 3 years we’ve translated these designs into various collaborative forms. Rugs for Perennials, ceramics for 1882 Ltd, blankets for Saved NY and the dropcloth inspired Midnight Moondust wallpaper with Fabscarte.

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From the top: Mustard Splash rug for Perennials,the Dropcloth inspired "Midnight Moondust" hand painted wallpaper paper with Fabscarte, Accidental Expressionist tea set for 1882 ltd, Splat cashmere blanket for Saved NY, MTS Dropcloth linen scarves.

From the top: Mustard Splash rug for Perennials,the Dropcloth inspired "Midnight Moondust" hand painted wallpaper paper with Fabscarte, Accidental Expressionist tea set for 1882 ltd, Splat cashmere blanket for Saved NY, MTS Dropcloth linen scarves.

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