tacked-up wallpaper (un-permanent + d-i-y)

Ditte Isager

While surfing around this morning, we stumbled on an interior by photographer Ditte Isager and was struck by the wallpaper, loosely tacked rather than glued, for a whole other, delightfully un-done look. For us, it’s a swell alternative to the often-fussy permanence of wallpaper (and the difficulty of taking it off the wall when we change our minds). We went to Isager’s website to check out her work and found more lovely examples of paper wall coverings…

Ditte Isager

…They made us think of all the possibilities for covering a wall or two with handmade papers from Kate’s Paperie or New York Central Art Supply, or old fadey wallpaper from the flea market…

…or painting our own…

Ditte Isager

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6 Responses to tacked-up wallpaper (un-permanent + d-i-y)

  1. Jeannie 08.04.2010 at 12:09pm #

    Cool idea…makes me think of a quick fix for color in a dorm room or student apartment that’d be easy to remove when the kid moves.

  2. Pamela 08.04.2010 at 9:10pm #

    I stopped by MoMA today, for a quick dose of inspiration. The Matisse show is on view so it is quite crowded — it takes all one’s attention just to negotiate the hallways. As a result, I don’t think many people stopped to look closely at a wallpaper “installation” between two galleries. The wallpaper is a temporary construction made simply by repeating a photograph numerous times in a grid. The image is a tightly cropped view of a man’s bare bottom (I’m trying to be polite) with his crack (I can’t think of another word here) in the center of the composition. It’s not a particularly photogenic specimen; upon closer analysis you see the dimples and blemishes of some anonymous middle aged guy’s rear end. In this presentation, however, the image takes on a kind of architectural quality – a kind of industrial building block, I guess. The imperfections are lost as the sum of the parts takes precedence.

    Makes me want to create wallpaper at home out of some crazy image fragment I have lying around. Not a body part though… it’s been done!

    Now that I think about it, this installation is a bit like your Lego post AND the wallpaper post — conflated!

    Enjoy!

  3. Sally 08.04.2010 at 9:34pm #

    Oh, lord, Pamela, would we love to find a picture of that – we’ve hunted all over MOMA’s site to no avail. Thank you so much for the explicit and hilarious description. Yeah, we want to make some wallpaper too (while hatching Lego plots…) Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  4. Sara Palmer 08.08.2013 at 7:39am #

    I remember that wall–it was wonderful and hilarious If I’m not mistaken, it was by Yoko Ono.

  5. Sara 08.08.2013 at 7:42am #

    Oops. Now I see the links to the piece. Please remove both of my comments. Thanks.

  6. Sally 08.08.2013 at 3:08pm #

    Yeah, Yoko’s inspired tushie wall.

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