This piece is from the Brad Ford I.D website which was a company established in 1998. Brad Ford has more than 10 years experience in the interior design field. He holds a degree in Interior Design as well as a degree in Business and Economics. Ford honed his skills under such leading New York designers as Thad Hayes and the late Jed Johnson. Ford was asked to do as part of the Hamptons Cottages and Garden show-house. He wanted to bring in some of the outside elements and make them part of the inside design. It is actually made of thousands of real insects attached onto hand printed wallpaper. He collaborated with Jennifer Angus, an artist from Wisconsin who regularly uses nature in her patterned wallpaper designs.
I really wish I had done these wall coverings as I think they are so original, which is obviously really had to do because design has come so far. I notice all the different elements that are in the coverings. The hand printed background paper with the circular scenes with different types of insects.
One of which includes bees or wasps in a garden, The scene looks like it had people in it and they have been replaced by insects, I think this gives them all there own character. Another scene in the circle includes a cityscape with a few different flying insects in the foreground, which also implied the replacement of people. Another element of the printed design is the parts around the main circular scenes. They include other smaller rounded shapes, which mostly seem to be floral. Some parts have a leaf like pattern and other parts use the smaller flowers and petal drawings. The colours used in both of these is either a very dark grey or possibly black which stands out against the cream colour background.
Both these printed sections connect but both use a very different type of line, one looks more like and etched print and quite realistic, and the other very hand drawn. These two are the flat elements of the paper. But then there is the other main part, the part I find fascinating, which is the 3D insects. Around each circle scene are real insects which seem to be the same or similar to the insects in the scene. This is the section on the wallpaper that gives it all of its colour, some are pastel pink with light brown bodies and another set of the insects used is a creature that from afar looks like a leaf, which I think blends in very well and connects all the components together. This is a main reason I wished I could have had the opportunity to do this, as I am intrigued with real life insects. It is always good to think that there will never be anything else the same as this wallpaper because of each of the singular insects. Every one of them will be different in some way or another.
I would like to say I’d done this piece because, to me, the theme, and the fact that it is more of a ‘one off’ piece rather than a mass-produced design is very appealing. It would be flattering to be asked to do something as unique as that. I also like that this wall covering wasn’t done overnight, I think it would have taken a lot of time to sick all the individual insects on, and to get the composition right must have taken a long time to perfect. Each bug would have had to been a certain size for it to work.