Renowned artist Marthe Armitage was recently commissioned by hospital charity CW+ to install her intricate, signature wallpaper designs in the Cardiac Care Unit and older patients wards at West Middlesex University Hospital, to transform the environment for patients and their families.
Marthe Armitage produces hand-printed wallpapers using the traditional technique of lino block printing, from her studio in Chiswick. A variety of her iconic and distinctive designs have been digitally printed using the latest technology onto vinyl which is a suitable material for the hospital environment. The designs were selected following a consultation process by CW+ with patients and staff.
Trystan Hawkins, Director of Patient Environment at CW+ commented: “We are delighted to have installed Marthe’s beautifully designed wallpaper in our hospital. Her designs are inspired by the natural world, which research shows can really help calm and distract patients when used in a clinical setting.”
The new wallpaper has been warmly received by patients, visitors and staff.
Dr Sadia Khan, Consultant Cardiologist, said: “Marthe’s wallpaper has transformed our unit and we have had so many patients and visitors comment on how beautiful it is. Patients in the cardiac unit are often waiting to have heart tests, which can be understandably be a worrying time, so creating a calm and tranquil environment is really important.”
Marthe has been designing hand-printed wallpaper for over 50 years and is local to the hospital. She is a member and past Master of the Art Workers’ Guild, of which the iconic William Morris was himself in 1892. Now in her 80’s, Marthe continues to be as creative and innovative as ever.
She says: “I was very pleased to be involved in this project. I have not worked in a hospital before, so it’s lovely to see my designs in a new and different environment. I hope my wallpaper will help to calm patients by giving them something to really look at. I find it you really look at something, it can help to take your mind off yourself – which I hope will help these patients feel a bit more relaxed.”
CW+ is currently fundraising for their Sun and Stars Appeal which will transform the children’s inpatients wards at the hospital into fun, welcoming and child-friendly environment. Find out more at www.cwplus.org.uk