Our Westminster Abbey Collage range has now pre launched exclusively online, so it seems the perfect opportunity to share the story behind this unique collection of products. The range is based on a specially commissioned painting by Rob Wilson, a mixed media artist based in the heart of the Peak District in England. 

 

Westminster Abbey by Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson studied graphic design and illustration at Bradford University and during his time there he developed a keen interest in textile art, which would later feature heavily in his work. Whilst he started out creating black and white drawings of people, he eventually moved into creating paintings of landmark buildings. Rob makes use of watercolours, acrylics, freehand embroidery and collage to create his rich and atmospheric paintings. He creates a collage by layering the canvas with paper ephemera that he finds during his visit to the building. On top of this he paints using acrylics in striking shades to bring out the atmosphere and mood of the location. Once he has finished painting and allowed it to dry, Rob then creates definition in the piece by adding stitching to the canvas; by using contrasting thread colours the lines and the shape of the building come together allowing the key architectural details to be appreciated.

London Eye and Big Ben

Looking closely at this painting, it is possible to see the small pieces of paper ephemera that Rob gathered from Westminster Abbey and its beautiful surroundings.  Looking at the London Eye in the background of the piece, you can see that the centre of the wheel is made from the outline of the Chapter House on the floor plan of the map given out to visitors. Another hidden piece of detail can be found in the top left hand corner where an engraving of a censing angel from inside the Abbey can be seen within the sky. 

Censing Angel

This vibrant portrait of Westminster Abbey depicts the building in all its architectural glory. We have used it across a range of products including notebooks, tea towels, mugs and luggage tags; the full selection can be viewed by clicking here.

Westminster Abbey Collage Product Selection

 

To find out more about Rob Wilson and his work, you can visit his website by clicking here.