Earlier this year I was asked to work on a very special project. The commission was to create a Summer Meadow wallpaper design for York Hospital which was to be installed in their Oncology waiting area. The artwork was to be a memorial piece, commissioned by a lady whose husband had been a patient at the unit. I felt very privileged to have been asked to work on such a special project but I also felt a huge sense of responsibility to make sure the finished artwork was a fitting tribute. I don’t want to say too much about the meaning behind the design as it’s very personal to the couple and I know she wanted that to remain private between her and her family but I can say that the main theme she wanted was a beautiful summer meadow that would hopefully help to brighten up the waiting area.
I began by building an inspiration board over on pinterest. I wanted the design to have a delicate, airy feel but also feel warm and inviting. I collected images of delicate grasses, wild flowers, meadows and also cut flowers. As the finished wallpaper panel was going to be so big (about 2.5m x 1.8m) I began painting the design in sections, at actual scale in watercolour, so I could then scan them in and piece them together digitally.
I had quite a few sheets of paintings by the time I’d finished!
Once I’d finished scanning them in, I began cleaning up all the images. These are some sections of the scanned in paintings…..
My next job was to start piecing all the painted sections together and making sure they flowed from one piece to another without it looking obvious. I also had to make sure the layout as a whole worked well, both from a distance and close-up. This is the final layout of the wallpaper design.
I was so pleased with how it turned out and I really hope the patients and visitors of the unit do too. The panel was installed just last week and I can’t wait to go down there and have a look at it in situ. This a snapshot that I was sent on the day of the installation.
I feel so passionately about Arts In Health and wish every Hospital could have artworks throughout their buildings. If you are also interested in Arts In Health you can see some of the other projects I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on here.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning more about the project.