#CreativeWriting Category

Beth Cleveland: What ‘Home’ means to me

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 […]

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Cecilia Hughes: Katagami Stencils

Staring at the stencil, layers of a mind-warping visual unfold. The katagami cutout, housed in the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), at first glance seems an abstract optical illusion, its two-toned linear patterns almost moving on the surface. On closer observation, individual sparrows, each unique, emerge from the background. This Japanese stencil dates […]

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Anders Myrset: Banknotes from a desperate period

Three banknotes.  Three snippets of paper.  Three different prints, but with a single purpose: exchanging goods.  A form of unofficial currency produced in Weimar Germany in response to the hyperinflation of the 1920s. A collection of sixty German bank notes, or ‘notgeld’, from that troubled era are held by Middlesex University’s MoDA (Museum of Domestic […]

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Sylvia Ikua: Collecting Colour

I stand by a cold, sterile-white table in the Museum of Design and Architecture. I am watching Sim Panaser, a young, passionate Curator, as she gently places a large book on the table. This is my first visit to the museum, a friend of mine had praised their collection of interesting and quirky objects so […]

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Catherine Rose Scott: Musings of a Wallpaper Rookie

I can’t claim to understand wallpaper very well. Even though I know that it is durable and has an impressive variety of patterns, the idea of essentially glueing paper to a wall is alien to me. Maybe this comes from growing up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where wallpaper had fallen completely out of fashion […]

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