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Linoleum Reproduction Project

It seemed complicated, but not that complicated. We recreated this fabulous linoleum pattern, found preserved in the dumbwaiter, for Portland couple Sig and Jack, who just completed a kitchen renovation. Twelve stencils and countless hours of head scratching later, the floorcloth was completed.

The challenge here was that the flower pattern is random, yet where flowers cross other elements of the design, those elements need to be blank, therefore the placement of the random flowers must be very carefully planned. A four petal white flower is only partial on the right side. That flower had to be extrapolated from other elements that we had. Since there were probably no repeated flowers in the original piece, we wanted to avoid making the floorcloth with four equal quadrants which looked just like the remnant. To accomplish that, two of the stencils were flipped over for two placements and that flipped the flowers. Sadly, this also flipped sides for the orange and black lines in the vertical direction. Since they no longer lined up, they had to be taped out and then added last using yet another set of custom stencils. This was by far the most mind bending piece that we have done to date. Just look at this remnant and try to decipher the formula for where each rectangle is located in the quadrant of it’s square and try to extrapolate where the next would be found in the missing portion.

This was also one of the most stencil intensive designs we’ve made, ultimately requiring twelve stencils and a whole lot of mylar.

MORE at The Building Arts Notebook blog.

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Original Linoleum Scrap
Creating the first stencil
Stencil Pass 2
Stencil Pass 3
Original Scrap laying on top of the floorcloth
Floorcloth In situ
Second floorcloth with derivative design

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