Tuesday, January 15, 2008

timorous beasties


Today I was reminded of the fabulous designs of Glasgow's Timorous Beasties.
I adore this simple, yet effective 'Napoleon' pattern!
Timorous Beasties was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons who met as students at Glasgow School of Art. After beginning by designing fabrics and wallpapers for production by other companies, Timorous Beasties then started to manufacture its designs and recently opened a shop on the Great Western Road in Glasgow.
As their working practise as designer-makers has progressed, Timorous Beasties have become increasingly experimental in their approach to both hand-printing and machine production. These changes are reflected in their evolving aesthetic: from early wayward interpretations of naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish; to a searingly contemporary graphic style which explore social and political issues.

'Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!'
To A Mouse
by Robert Burns

1 comment:

Miss Jane said...

I love love love the Napoleonic bee - he chose it as his symbol because they represent industry and resurrection. Also he wanted to replace the fleur de lys symbol of the French monarchy when he proclaimed himself Emperor. Also they're really pretty...although I'm kinda scared of bees in real life