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Helen Knowles & Francesca Granato, 2008,

Screenprinted Wallpaper, 10 m x 52 cm


In 2006 Helen Knowles collaborated with designer Francesca Granato to create Birth Rites' signature pattern 'Birth'. The motifs chosen for the pattern were taken from lap dancers' calling cards; the aim was to challenge the perceived separation between women as mothers and women as sexual entities. As the figures are arranged in labouring and birthing postures the pattern also exposes the taboo which attempts to conceal the undeniable link between sex and birth. The design was always intended to be used on wallpaper, a 'feminine' medium, thereby further mixing the domestic with the erotic.

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