But for fans of Barton’s intricate work, getting your hands on one of her canvases is probably not easy, which is why her recent collaboration with Designer Rugs is so special. After successfully collaborating with Designer Rugs and Romance Was Born for Pink Eye earlier this year, Barton returns again with Code Fluff (pictured at top). Created as a limited edition run of just 10, the colour-soaked design features a detail from Barton’s painting sing blood-wings sing (above). Made from 28 shades of New Zealand Wool with highlights of bamboo silk, the rug is the ideal centrepiece for any home.
Above: Del Kathryn Barton, sing blood-wings sing (Panel 3/5), 2017, 2000 x 2600mm, synthetic polymer paint and fibre-tipped pen on canvas. Image courtesy of Del Kathryn Barton, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and A3.
“I approached the collaboration with Designer Rugs being the lover of colour and maximalist aesthetics that I am,” says Barton. “I kept requesting more and more colourways! After some deliberation I selected a small section of my enormous painting – sing blood-wings sing – and scaled it up. I am particularly thrilled with the pinks and oranges, two of my most favourite colours! Code Fluff is quite simply a wild magic rug that I want to fly away on!”
As you can imagine, translating the intricacy and detail of a Del Kathryn Barton painting into a rug was no mean feat, and according to Designer Rugs senior designer Lia Pielli, it was one of their biggest obstacles. “Del’s artworks are incredibly detailed with a myriad of colours, the challenge was to simplify the detail and reduce the number of colours in Del’s artwork so it could be translated into a rug, while still maintaining the integrity of the design,” In the end, the solution came down to materials. “The introduction of bamboo silk into the design added a little shimmer and texture to the already fantastical design.”
Above: Del Kathryn’s Barton’s Pink Eye collaboration with Designer Rugs and Romance Was Born.
Spanning 200 centimetres by 300 centimetres, the hand-tufted rug is priced at $10,950. Considering that some of Barton’s paintings are now selling at upwards of $200,000, we’d say this limited edition rug is a bargain (run, don’t walk). Keen to see Code Fluff in the flesh? You’re in luck, because it’s currently on display in the VIP lounge at Sydney Contemporary this weekend.