Empire Club: a conversation with John Burrows, an historic textile and wallpaper design expert

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free; Registration is required as seating is limited

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-09-28 17:30 - 20:00



plug in at PPL for lively, challenging and provocative conversation

 Join us in a conversation with John Burrows, an historic wallpaper and textile reproduction specialist.

John Burrows of J.R. Burrows & Co. will talk about his career in historic reproductions and his method of identifying and reconstructing historic patterns. Burrows specializes in decorative furnishings in the English tradition, particularly Arts & Crafts movement wallpaper and William Morris carpets. Burrows has provided designs and products to the White House, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (most recently the newly-opened Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, an aesthetic movement period room c. 1881).

Meet on the 3rd Floor Balcony for light refreshments & cocktails.

Space is limited. RSVP required to:

This program is part of Flocked, Blocked and Stenciled: A Providence Wallpaper Event: a show of original wallpapers at the 186 Carpenter Street Gallery

Wallpaper is back! From meticulously crafted historic reproductions to cutting-edge original designs, wallpaper has returned as a form of expression. Providence has a long tradition of design, and this wallpaper show highlights another aspect of making in this making city! Over thirty local artists from a variety of backgrounds have designed and printed original wallpapers that are fascinating, expressive and thought-provoking. This special group of events offers the opportunity to see and learn about locally-made original designs or to be inspired to make your own.

The show has been organized with the participation of crucial community institutions, including 186 Carpenter Street Gallery, AS220, the Providence Athenaeum, DESIGNxRI, and the Providence Public Library.

The show will be featured among DESIGNxRI’s Design Week events. Check out the schedule Schedule of Events and many thanks for helping us spread the word! For more information, visit “Flocked, Blocked and Stenciled” on Facebook or contact Taylor Polites at 917-459-3393 or

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