Skip to product information
1 of 3

Paperblanks

Floralia Softcover Flexis Ultra 176 pg Lined

Regular price $ 19.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 19.95 USD
Sale Sold out

The eternal appeal of a floral design is captured in the botanical art of Irish illustrator William Kilburn. Kilburn (1745–1818) was the artist behind the life-sized watercolours and signed etchings in William Curtis’ 18th-century book on botany Flora Londinensis and also a leading calico designer and printer in his own right.

Similar in style to the work of Arts & Crafts promoter William Morris, Kilburn’s patterns predate Morris’ by nearly a century. Kilburn’s sense of freedom and play is contrasted by Morris’ sharply stylized and closely repeated patterns. With winding twigs, colourful petals and whimsical blossoms, Kilburn’s unique ability to blend local flora with exotic plants is on full display in this design. Truly a celebration of florals, we’ve named this design after the ancient Roman Floralia festival, which honoured Flora, the goddess of flowering plants. Though this William Kilburn design is from the late 1700s, its appeal is timeless.

Like Morris, Kilburn and his work played a significant role in influencing the decorative artists who followed, even during his own lifetime. As his art became more popular it began to be knocked off by lesser artisans and mass production facilities. When he found that his work was being so widely replicated, Kilburn sought to protect his artistic intellectual property. He became an activist for artists’ rights, going to court to protect copyright in the textile industry, paving the way for future textile artists to flourish.

Sadly, despite his best efforts, Kilburn was unsuccessful in stopping the pirates. His designs continued to be imitated and he died bankrupt in 1818. It is our honour to bring this William Kilburn print back to life. The world may not know his name, but we see his influence through modern wallpaper designs, the Arts & Crafts movement and the contemporary copyright laws that protect artists today.

SIZE Width: 130mm (5")
Height: 180mm (7")
Depth: 13mm (½")
INTERIOR Lined
SPACE BETWEEN LINES 6.67mm
LINES PER PAGE 21
PAGE COUNT 176 Pages
CLOSURE No Closure
COLOUR Black
GSM (PAPER WEIGHT) 100
COVER Softcover
EDGE PRINTING
Yes
BINDING TYPE
Smyth Sewn
POUCH TYPE
Back Cover Pouch
INTERIOR PAPER
Smooth
RIBBON MARKERS
1
MORE FEATURES
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
  • Cloth headbands
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Flexible cover and spine