I started making these recycled wallpaper skylines of Boston about 6 years ago and after a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start making them again because they’re so much fun!
I have a huge collection of wallpaper samples that I’ve collected from outdated sample books. Some of the papers are so beautiful; brightly printed florals with caked on ink, classic victorian damasks and monotone french toiles… (swoon!)
I send the raw paper out to a laser cutter (don’t do this at home – vinyl is toxic when burned) with a vector drawing of the skyline that I compiled from a bunch of photos I took from the north side of the Charles. When I get them back, I collage the skyline with a contrasting background wallpaper and mount it on wood and clear coat the face.
I’m totally obsessed with wallpaper. And if you love Bob Vila as much as I do, check out this video of that one time when he went to a wallpaper factory and it blew my mind.