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Story

Angela grew up in the picture perfect suburbs of 1970s Melbourne, in a household anxious about the super natural and alien abductions. Copying everything she could get her hands on, she would sit in her thick glasses and draw, creating worlds beyond her own. When she wasn't drawing she would get lost in her small back and white TV. She escaped into the graduated grey world, watching 1970s cartoons she stumbled across animations like Fantastic Planet, her fascination with 1930's, utopia, modernism, fascism and death was born. Later, watching films about the Cold War, she again found solace in the stark, monochrome brutalist landscapes, a refreshing contrast to the manicured gardens. Art and film gave the stories that allowed her to create and explore herself in a world where she otherwise retreated.

In the 80's Angela broke away and carved out a new identity for herself in the multicolour of Melbourne nightclubs, she travelled to London, lived with oversized insects and misfits in far North Queensland and studied Animation in Brisbane.

Ready to make animations, she returned to London to tell all the stories she cared so much for. She fell for the grit and array of characters she encountered everyday and embraced London with its towers blocks of broken dreams and ideals. She spent many years on a boat living with the horizon of the river Thames, so rare in a city.

For several years she worked in film Post production but became disillusioned by the factory of technicians and computers, she felt restless and dreamed of her many unrealised stories. She lost interest in movement in animation and disliked its dependency on a screen.

She went back to drawing on paper and watercolour, and studied under Eleanor Brook, this time with a focus on the aesthetic of the story but was turned off by the grandeur of framed art on walls. At the same time a friend asked her to make a wall paper and she combined her hand drawn pencil studies with her knowledge of patterning, layering and texture from animation. Finally she found a medium she felt satisfied all the stories she was aching to tell, she could subvert her obsessions, aliens, brutalist architecture,old age, dementure, religion, her fear of insects, her morbid obsessions, the macabre. She wanted to liberate all the things she found most upsetting, that she had thought about for hours and make wallpaper out of them.

Angela loved the humility and beauty of wallpaper as a medium, she found comfort in its domesticity, it everydayness. She liked that it could hung it people's homes and be lived with, that it could challenge people's ideas and tell stories with grace and respect.

Contacts

me@angelagroundwater.com

Press

Goldfinger Aliens

Inspired by idealised dreams and fears of the future from our recent past, aliens lurk in concrete utopias.

Goldfinger Aliens wallpaper depicts mostly dismembered aliens lounging on the fabulous brutalist architecture of Erno Goldfinger. The future is yesterday!

Barbican Walk

Inspired by idealised dreams and fears of the future from our recent past, aliens lurk in concrete utopias.

Barbican Walk wallpaper and Barbican Bathhouse takes this further by playfully challenging the apotheosis of utopian ideals that is the Barbican complex. Androgynous aliens pose and bathe bathe in the walkways, fountains and gardens of the brutalist architecture – wearing their favourite bits on their heads of course.

Barbican Bathhouse

Inspired by idealised dreams and fears of the future from our recent past, aliens lurk in concrete utopias.

Barbican Walk and Barbican Bathhouse wallpaper takes this further by playfully challenging the apotheosis of utopian ideals that is the Barbican complex. Androgynous aliens pose and bathe bathe in the walkways, fountains and gardens of the brutalist architecture – wearing their favourite bits on their heads of course.

Jewelled Venus

Custom-made in collaboration with Lady Ray to further the aesthetic of The Jackdaw and Star’s dark and mysterious sitting room. Jackdaws fly their jewelled treasures deep into a forest, for a gloriously draped woman, inspired by the Anatomical
Venus of 19th Century Florence.

Jewelled Venus

Custom-made in collaboration with Lady Ray to further the aesthetic of The Jackdaw and Star’s dark and mysterious sitting room. Jackdaws fly their jewelled treasures deep into a forest, for a gloriously draped woman, inspired by the Anatomical
Venus of 19th Century Florence.

Pheasants

Custom-made in collaboration with Lady Ray for The Jackdaw and Star’s Dining Room. We wanted a surreal take on beautiful hanging pheasants, adorned with strings of pearls, framed by the most feminine limbs.

Hackney Downs

Custom-made in collaboration with Lady Ray for The Jackdaw and Star’s Dining Room. We wanted a surreal take on beautiful hanging pheasants, adorned with strings of pearls, framed by the most feminine limbs.

Houndstooth OAP Gents of East London

The Ladies and Gents wallpapers were created in collaboration with the lovely participants of Age UK East London.

The OAP Gents wallpaper are lovingly grouped into a Houndtooth Chevron pattern with a twist…

Lovely OAP Ladies of East London

The Ladies and Gents wallpapers were created in collaboration with the lovely participants of Age UK East London.

The OAP Ladies wallpaper are covered in roses and the sacred geometry of the ‘Flower of Life’. The paper celebrates these lovely local ladies as the treasured flowers they are.

Black Labrador

Created in collaboration with Cosi from Creature Clothes about life with her 12 black Labradors, each named after a vodka brand. Every visual element has personal significance to her, from bunting for her wedding, to accessories from her shop.