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Timorous Beasties

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Established 1990



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The name Timorous Beasties comes from the Robert Burn's poem. "To a Mouse" (pronounced - Moose). Noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio Timorous Beasties was...

The name Timorous Beasties comes from the Robert Burn's poem. "To a Mouse" (pronounced - Moose). Noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio Timorous Beasties was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met while studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Timorous Beasties are experimental in approach to both hand-printing and machine production. These changes are reflected in an evolving aesthetic: from early wayward interpretations of naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish; to a searingly contemporary graphic style which explores social and political issues.  By depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, McAuley and Simmons, through their studio Timorous Beasties have defined an iconoclastic style of design once described as “William Morris on acid.”







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