The Rose and the Swirl

Artist's book

40 copies

270 x 195 mm

20 pages + cover

Risography 3 colours

Printed on Munken Lynx Smooth 150gsm (240gsm cover) Stitch binding with green thread

Printed by Duplikat Press, London, 2021


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‘5 Of The Most Hated Property Features’

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‘A true hidden historical gem’


‘Artex in dated bathroom – yuk!’



White, textured,  oating above our heads: two similar elements of architecture, yet separated by 500 years and a million more in taste metrics.


A pattern book for the prospective ceiling planner, this publication gathers images of plaster ceilings from the Tudor times and textured ceilings from the 70s and later. Whilst one is recognized as timeless, cared for and preserved, the other is deemed dated, ruthlessly covered or removed. Although they experience different fates, the dutiful ornamentation of this overhead surface reveals a longing concern for the communication of the self through interiors, alongside a common desire to assert property.


Far from a truthful architectural documentation, this publication isolates appropriated images of ceiling patterns from the rooms they belong, alongside the artist’s own bathroom ceiling. Zoomed in, cropped and  attened: photographs are turned into a collection of tactile and textured samples where historical and contemporary interiors blend into each other. The alleged neutrality of their white colour is replaced by the vivid colours of their surroundings.


Tudor ceilings were adorned with the symbols of the owners of the house alongside mythical  gures. In the 70s, the branded Artex patterns formed a new kind of heraldry where personalisation met an obsession with modernity, and whose popularity de ned houses for several decades. The guilds of plasterers regulating plasterwork trade in the 16th century turned into a myriad of amateur ceiling makers armed with Artex combs and brushes. The Tudor rose turned into a swirl.