Deborah Bowness


Cattywumpus is a good word. I don’t know how it is spelled.

It’s the word that came to mind when I rounded the bend near the dressing rooms at Liberty of London back in September. There I came face to face with one of Deborah Bowness’ dress images. It was green.

Only I didn’t know it was by Deborah Bowness, and I didn’t know that it was wallpaper, handmade in England. I just knew that I loved it.



As luck would have it, a similarly wonky layered photograph of a lamp popped up in one of the many design websites I troll. It seemed like the creative hand behind the lamp matched my memory of that layered dress. The source was discovered!

Like David Hockney paintings, that I came to love back in the early 1980s, Bowness layers images up against each other in ways I can only call cattywumpus.

Ordinary becomes extraordinary.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Sara Pintoreply
October 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

wow…she’s an interesting one. so simple and so effective. thanks for sharing, dearest.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
October 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm
– In reply to: Sara Pinto

Makes me want to cut things up and paste them together.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
October 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

That is so effective.. I would love to have the right room for it in my home! Loving the cattywumpus!!

October 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Love the dress. Love the word cattywumpus. Love your blog. Emma from and BYW

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
October 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm
– In reply to: Emma

Oh thank you Emma! I have had a busier-than-usual month and feel so behind in BYW. Are you enjoying it? I am going to try to get more focused on it this week. Now going off to snoop in your garret!

November 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A new word! Love it!

Leave a reply