At once soft and edgy, ‘Rose Decay’ could have been a more traditional floral wallpaper design, were it not for a modern twist: The largest roses are approx. 32 cm (12.6”) in diameter.
‘Rose Decay’ began as a quiet little watercolor painting of roses. Initially, I painstakingly painted smooth surfaces, subtle color gradations and soft lines.
Once the ‘perfect’ rose painting was complete, I was overcome by an impulse to spill water onto the paper, causing the colors to bleed together. A controlled, precise painting technique gave way to the glorious unknown.
In the process, the paper was damaged and torn, and later collaged back together to create this wallpaper design. Peeking through are parts of the original painting that managed to survive the ‘damage’, which is, of course, beautiful in and of itself.
‘Rose Decay’ incorporates a palette of light to deep pinks, grays, and black and white.
I imagine my rose print in an unfinished space, with exposed brick, exposed ducts, concrete floors or walls. It gives this kind of space a certain softness and femininity while still maintaining an edge, and it speaks to the idea of layers that are both added and exposed.
I envision ‘Rose Decay’ surrounded by cool tones of white, gray and black. It mixes well (and maintains its edge) with bold, graphic, black and white prints, like Moonlight Meadow Black.
I always like to pair my florals with with ‘hard’ materials: ‘Rose Decay’ looks great with iron fixtures and furniture, stone tiles, concrete floors or painted brick, for example.