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Obsessed with Wallpaper Pattern Design

I’ve been collecting all kinds of wallpaper for years now. I’m completely obsessed with the printing processes, designs and patterning and even though I put the salvaged wallpaper samples to good use, I have to fight the urge to just hoard all of the pretty for myself and never share!

I just sent a huge pile of wallpaper out to the laser cutter and in a week I’ll get back a few hundred Boston skylines in crazy colors and patterns. Here’s what happens when I get them back:

More on that subject here.

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Boston Skyline Wall Art

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I have a huge collection of wallpaper samples that I’ve collected from outdated sample books.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.

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