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Untitled (Cushion cover)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Woodrow, Bill, born 1948 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screenprint

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CUP, shelf 2B

Woodrow is one of Britain's best known contemporary artists who practices in a variety of media. He is well known for his sculptural installations made from waste goods, such as discarded cars and refrigerators. His interest in the fallout of a consumer-driven world can be seen in this piece, commissioned by the South London-based fabric printing studio, The London Printworks Trust, for an exhibition which addressed global migrations, the status of the refugee, and homelessness.

Woodrow's piece for this commission was a kitchen table over which was thrown a large cloth printed with images of Rwandan refugees fleeing the genocide of 1994. Beneath the table he scattered cushions. The covers of these cushions were printed with images photographed at newsstands and consist of a 'collage' of expensive 'life style' magazines, which convey an underlying message of domestic fantasy. Woodrow invites his audience, like innocent as children playing house under a table, to snuggle down and dream a life of comfort and security. He suggests that such a life can only ever be a dream for many of us, but especially so for those who are homeless and for refugees.

Physical description

Cushion cover made of waterproofed cloth, zip at one end, with design made up from a layout of 19 overlapping contemporary lifestyle magazines laid out in three columns, side by side, with the title of each visible. In the case of the lower three, 'Ideal Home', 'Homes and Gardens' and 'Good Housekeeping' the whole cover is visible.The pattern is the same on both sides of the cushion cover.
the magazines depicted are col 1.: Computer buyer, Gardens, Holidays, Performance Bike,
Options, Ideal Home;
col.2: Bride, Inspirations, Good Food, Brides Collection, PCMarketplace, Country Life, Homes and Gardens;
col.3: Vogue, Personal Computer, Car, Sainsbury's Magazine, 19, Good Housekeeping.
Visible dates of the magazines are from January or February 1995.
at time of acquisition the cover filled with a feather cushion.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1995 (made)


Woodrow, Bill, born 1948 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour screenprint


Height: 67 cm, Width: 66 cm, Depth: 20 cm approx., filled with cushion

Descriptive line

Bill Woodrow: cushion cover screenprinted with magazine covers, for the exhibition Portable Fabric Shelters. 1994

Production Note

Commissioned by the London Printworks Trust for the exhibition 'Portable Fabric Shelters'


Printing ink; Cloth



Subjects depicted

Cushion covers; Magazines; Magazines; Homelessness


Artists' multiples; Entertainment & Leisure; Household objects; Prints; Textiles

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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