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Wallpaper by Claire Florey-Hitchcox, 'W is for Wallpaper' Claire Florey-Hitchcox at 'W is for Wallpaper'

An exhibition of the best in contemporary wallpaper opens at Ruthin Craft Centre this weekend, alongside two solo multi-art form exhibitions

Wallpaper is the biggest commitment we make to design in our homes. It is a statement of colour and pattern bigger than any other. And more than anything else, the wallpaper we choose instantly communicates our taste.

'W is for Wallpaper' will explore and celebrate the hand printed techniques of wallpaper production, showcasing the most exciting designers and makers across the UK who champion a return to this better quality of wallpaper production.

Curated by design historian and writer Jane Audas and curator, lecturer and retail consultant Gregory Parsons, most of the wallpapers in this exhibition are designed and made in the UK.

Ruthin Craft Centre will also hold a weekend wallpaper workshop on Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October as part of 'W is for Wallpaper' with Hugh Dunford Wood. Tickets can be purchase online through the venue.

'W is for Wallpaper' comprises one third of Ruthin Craft Centre's autumn exhibition programme. Two solo exhibitions will run in Galleries 2 and 3.

The first showcases the work of Julie Blyfield, who is inspired by the botanical landscape in Australia. She interprets this in metal using the techniques ofmetal raising andchasing . Julie enjoys exploring and collecting plant specimens from the rich and diverse environment her homeland offers, from places such as the Simpson Desert in the north of South Australia and further south around the coast of Kangaroo Island.

The second - 'Five Sisters and a Family Tree' - is a new body of ceramics from Susan O Byrne. It offers a very personal journey into a private world. Talking about the exhibition, Susan said: I m taking inspiration from my own family history, specifically my mother s side of the family who migrated from Germany to Ireland in the mid 1800s. The five sisters are my grandmother and her four sisters. They will each be represented by a ceramic animal, and are the largest pieces in the exhibition.

Ruthin Craft Centre's programme of exhibitions will run from 26 September - 22 November

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