The French Collection by Bethany Linz
The French Collection by Bethany Linz pays tribute to the cultural shifts that were happening in the 1700’s in France. As the world opened to wider travel and trade, new exotic elements began to appear in both art and culture. Bethany tells us more about this exciting collection, “My inspiration for this collection stems right back to my fine art roots and studying classical art, from its architecture to its textiles. I wanted to put a more modern but still timeless approach to this collection. I found inspiration from classic archival wallpaper books, featuring tiny hand-painted geometric patterns and exotic tropical fruits and birds with techniques of modern designers like Kelly Wearstler. I love Wearstler’s use of colour and textures. I actually used her interiors as my colour inspiration for this collection.” Let’s dive in to these new designs and take a look at some of the behind the scenes process of Bethany Linz.
Fern features a weaving in and out pattern which was appearing a lot in wallpaper designs in the 1700’s. Bethany states, “I decided to strip back the florals from the design and simply take the foundations as my inspiration. Like all my designs, I hand-painted this first, creating a more organic pattern with rough textures. I think this design is raw but still timeless. It is my favourite in the collection.” Fern comes in 6 colorways including Beige, Dusty Pink, Fern Green, French Blue, Grey and Salmon.
Speaking of the Petite Wallpaper design, Bethany expounds, “Petite is my interpretation of the sweet geometrics that are so present in the archival books that I was researching. This was a hard pattern to create, simply because there were so many motifs to draw inspiration from. I ended up going more simple and not too feminine to keep it versatile. I added the dots in the background because they appeared in so many of the designs of this era, I think in the end they bring this design together.” Petite is available in Blush, Chartreuse, Fern Green, Mustard, Sea Spray and Snow colors.
Tropical fruits started to make their way into French life as trade routes began to open and flourish. Pomegranates were just one of the many exotic items that excited the elite in France. Commenting on the Pomegrantate wallpaper design, Bethany said, “I wanted to create a large floral as my show-stopper. I came up with a flowing scalloped stripe with over-layering floral scrolling its way up. I used Pomegranates as the main motif. They were very expensive so they became a symbol of wealth, so as a result started to appear in all forms of art.” Pomegrante comes in Beige, Charcoal, Dusty Pink, French Blue and Salmon (picture below).
Louis the 14th was called the “Sun King”, he chose the sun himself as a young man as his emblem. The sun is the symbol of Apollo, the god of peace and the Arts. Its also the star that gives life to all things, rising and setting with unfailing regularity. Bethany goes on to explain, “This design was a tribute to Louis XIV who was the longest reigning monarch of all European history, who dedicated most of that time to the arts and putting France on the world map.” Sun Light Star Bright is available in 7 colorways including Beige, Charcoal, Chartreuse, Dusty Pink, French Blue, Salmon and Sea Spray.
Tropicana is inspired by the tropical birds that started to appear in wallpaper and textiles during the 1700’s. Like foreign fruit, birds with all new patterns and colors were coming from all around the world inspiring artists and designers alike. Discussing the design, Bethany explains, “I wanted to create a floral that captured their excitement for these new species. I also noticed lots of the designs from this era had a tropical feel to their flora. I chose delicate fan palms, ferns and crested parrots. I wanted this design to be more modern so I stripped it of any colour, painting it all in white. I think this makes it more elegant and versatile.” Tropicana is available in Beige, Charcoal, Chartreuse, Dusty Pink, Fern Green and Sea Spray.