MoDA’s Collections Assistant Gemma Leader was recently interviewed by Middlesex University TV Production students. The focus of the interview was MoDA’s collection of late nineteenth century grasspaper stencils, produced by the Silver Studio in the 1890s. In the video, Gemma talks about how grasspapers are made, and the inspiration behind Arthur Silver’s innovative stencilling technique. […]
Thousands of photographic images can be found within the books, folios and prints of MoDA’s collection. They depict various subjects, from nineteenth-century portraits to botanical images of trees, flowers and plants. They also depict museum objects such as textiles and ceramics from Europe and elsewhere. Many of these photographs were acquired by the Silver Studio […]
Beth Cleveland is a third year Middlesex University student on Dr Josie Barnard‘s Publishing course. Here she used her memories of wallpaper as a way of thinking about what ‘home’ means to her. Yellow and cream stripes lined the walls from the bottom of the stairs to the top. A border of painted lilies ran […]
Textile designer James Francis Millar talks about finding inspiration in the Silver Studio Collection [Video].
Naima Bakar is a recent graduate from Middlesex University’s MA Printmaking course. She visited MoDA during her studies and found a wealth of inspiration for her printed textiles and wallpapers. She explains more in this short film: Naima’s tutor Steve Mumberson commented that “the results of her research at Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture […]
This conservation project focused on original Art Nouveau stencilled wallcoverings on paper, grasspaper and textile. They form part of MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection. As far as we know, no other institution holds similar or related materials, and no other artist or designer experimented with these particular combinations. These stencilled materials were made in the 1890s. […]
Dr Jill Stewart of Middlesex University talks about her use of MoDA's collections in her teaching and research. [Video]