THE OMEGA STOREY
The Omega Collection is a painterly and sophisticated collection of fabric and wallpaper inspired by the early modernist period of the 20th Century.
A set of four hand-painted designs for both fabric and wallpaper, the collection is named after the Omega Workshops, an art and craft collective set up by Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell in Bloomsbury, London 1913.
The principal motivation for the Omega Workshops was that as artists they would design, produce and sell their own furnishings, textiles and other household items.
Although short lived (from 1913-19), the workshops experimental style remained influential through the following decade until the 1930s.
On the cusp between the established styles of art & craft and the movement towards modernism the Omega artists were greatly influenced by Post Impressionism and Cubism.
Our collection of patterns are not directly taken from any produced by the workshops, however it is their free-style painting technique and their liberal use of pattern and colour on walls, drapery and furnishing that has been the inspiration.
The group of friends associated with the Omega Workshops became known as the Bloomsbury Set.
Charleston Farmhouse, in East Sussex, was the home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. It became a meeting place for discussions on writing, philosophy and art.
The artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture with a wonderfully eclectic display of fresco-style paintings. The beautifully preserved house was set up as a charity in 1980 and is now open to the public.
The 1920’s in Europe became known as the Golden Age. Following the First World War there was an economic boom along with a liberal, creative and experimental phase in society and the arts.
The fashion reflected prosperity and elegance. Colours were solid and bold, and evening dresses were often embroidered with beads or ribbons.
The palette included dark blue, deep pink, violet, mid blue, tan and shades of green.
THE COLOUR GREEN
Green was one of the most popular colours of this period. Various shades were used extensively in clothing, art, interiors and product design.
The colour name Eau-de-Nil or ‘water of the Nile’ was first coined in the late 19th Century. Interestingly, if you do an image search for Eau-de-Nil you’ll find an array of shades from muted yellow-green right through to a distinct peppermint.
Uranium or ‘depression’ green glass is made with trace elements of uranium. It was hugely popular for the first half of the 20th Century and although of marginal quality it has become highly collectable.
The fascination with all things Egyptian began a few years before the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 however the craze dominated fashion and design for the whole decade.
Ra is the name of the ancient Egyptian sun god. The Eye of Ra is the feminine counterpart to Ra and she was often quite violent to her enemies.
In calling our pattern Ra, in all honesty, we just like the stylized eye of our design and have no intention of scaring anyone!