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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Graham & Brown (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Chris Taylor and Craig Wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR77, box DW19

This the label for an unused roll of 'Frames' wallpaper, lettered with details of the designers and manufacturers, and with diagrams giving hanging instructions on the back. The 'Frames wallpaper is an excellent example of how a wallpaper originally designed by artists for a gallery project was subsequently produced commercially. This wallpaper resulted from a collaboration between Chris Taylor and Craig Wood, and is one the designs from their range of interactive wallpapers included in their 'Down on Paper' sample book / artists' book. Craig Wood has described it as follows: "Frames wallpaper is to complete or not complete. It plays with the taboo of graffiti and writing on the walls - how you can express yourself at home, creating you own artwork on the walls with no guilt." The pattern - of hand-drawn outline frames of various shapes and sizes - is designed to be coloured in or to have photographs, drawings, magazine cuttings etc pasted on. It encourages the purchaser to modify the paper to their taste, or to allow their children to do so. As such it picks up on the idea of customising standard products that is a strong current trend in interiors and in fashion.

The 'Frames' paper was originally produced with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham for an off-site educational project in 2002-3 and printed by wallpaper specialists Graham & Brown who went on to produce it commercially. The design has been a great success - it was included in the short list for the Homes & Gardens Classic Design Awards in 2004.

Physical description

Label (with instructions for hanging) for Frames wallpaper (E.3610:1-2004)

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2002 (made)


Graham & Brown (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 11.2 cm, Width: 18.2 cm

Descriptive line

Label (with instructions for hanging) for Frames wallpaper (E.3610:1-2004), manufactured by Graham & Brown, United Kingdom, 2002

Subjects depicted

Wallpaper; Paperhanging


Prints; Wall coverings; Labels & packaging; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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