Alistair McAuley of Timorous Beasties: Almost 25 Years of Beastiality


Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Alistair McAuley co-founded Timorous Beasties with Paul Simmons in Glasgow in 1990. The artists met studying Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed icon.

Timorous Beasties' work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (the time-honored classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to examples of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. The studio fully engages a design discourse with textile history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honored motifs.

Art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art, and society. Timorous Beasties share a similar world view where plants, animals, and society are visually inextricable. They are devoted to how this impacts pattern design in our daily experience of furnished spaces, from one-bedroom flats to country villas, to the halls of civic and government buildings, departure lounge backdrops, boutique enclaves, restaurants, and hotels.

Made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in Fiber and Material Studies.