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Malene Barnett’s New Wallpaper Collection Brings Fine Art to Your Walls



Malene Barnett creates art in many forms. The multidisciplinary artist and founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild designs hand-woven rugs, carves intricate markings into ceramic tiles, fuses brilliantly colored portraits from cut glass, and hand-crafts intricately patterned clay vessels. His latest company is inspired by his ceramic work and translates it into a whole new medium: wall coverings.

Barnett teamed up with Lulu and Georgia to launch a line of colorful wall coverings directly inspired by his unique art. The Vampire Collection includes five vivid, tactile wallpaper styles, which repeat the geometric shapes, dotted patterns, and undulating lines found in Barnett’s work. “All of the designs were either carved or hand painted, and they are all created intuitively without any predefined designs,” Barnett explains.

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Barnett’s inspiration traces the path of the African diaspora, from West Africa to the Caribbean to the United States, and his process draws on traditional techniques used by the creators of these communities. “My vessels always pay homage to ancestors and examine different black cultural traditions in manufacturing, whether it’s ceramics or textiles,” Barnett said. “I like to merge the two mediums and really watch how things are done. Incorporating these processes into my work allows me to connect with art as well as the community.”

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Buy it: Bequia Wallpaper by Malene Barnett – Indigo ($ 178 per roll, Lulu and Georgia)

The colors used in the Kindred collection also allude to world traditions. Heritage wallpaper, for example, uses a chalky white color that is used in various spiritual ceremonies, Barnett says. The terracotta color of Alaari wallpaper reminiscent of the clay-rich soil found throughout Africa, while the Bequia print blends the vivid turquoise of the Caribbean Sea with the rich indigo blues historically used for dyeing textiles and clothing.

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Buy it: Alaari Wallpaper by Malene Barnett – Indigo ($ 168 per roll, Lulu and Georgia)

From a distance, the wall coverings offer a subtle texture and wash of color, but a closer look reveals the intricate details that make up these works of art. The patterns are especially striking when used to cover an entire room – and this is exactly the application of Barnett’s images. “I imagine this collection really embodies spaces, not just covering an accent wall, but really filling a space,” she says.

The price of wall coverings ranges from $ 168 to $ 178 per roll, and they are available exclusively on the Lulu & Georgia website. Each is suitable for use in any space, including bathrooms, and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Application requires wallpaper paste, and professional help is recommended for removal.

By channeling the work of artists and designers around the world, Barnett hopes to inspire others to embrace and experience different cultures while celebrating the joy that comes with them. “It’s an opportunity to re-imagine and connect to your space in a different way, both spiritually and aesthetically,” she says.