On the 15th May 1975 when wallpaper was £1.38p per roll, Albert and Betty enjoyed sequence dancing, allotment gardening, and life. Their messages were discovered in 2013 and we get a snapshot of Albert and Betty’s ‘system for living’.

Redecoration can define a moment in time. It might correspond with moving house, the arrival of a newborn, or just a fresh start. Albert and Betty’s family won’t see the words (until now), yet at that moment it is the wallpaper that conveyed their sentiment as his family leaves the nest; Look what we did when you were away, we longed, we missed you, we wondered, we had time on our hands, we decorated. Welcome home.

More messages / The House is published in Patternotion – Artistic Systems for Living.


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