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Omega only received a lukewarm house is covered from head to toe in age while other’s died of cancer and
coverage from the press. Roger murals and painted furniture. Both suicide and Charleston House fell
Fry was not known for his business abstract and figurative, everything into disrepair as Duncan Grant was
aptitude which meant The Omega is bright and patterned. There are the only member left living there and
Workshops always struggled to many portraits on the walls of the soon could not keep up the upkeep
survive financially. A combination of Bloomsbury members as they often of the house himself. Since then
this along with expensive materials, used each other as subjects. Even The Charleston Trust has taken over
and a lack of orders, as well as the wallpaper is hand printed. The upkeep of the house and restored
internal disputes forced Omega to colours used are earthy tones which wallpapers and designs damaged by
close in 99. stop the house from looking gaudy damp.
and painful to the eyes, but instead
However during the war years many warm and vibrant. This continued the I have found my exploration through
of the principle figures in both the work done at the Omega Workshops Bloomsbury and The Omega
Bloomsbury Group and Omega because as well as paintings and Workshops incredibly inspirational.
workshops were conscientious furniture, customers were also Not just the designs and lives led
objectors to the war and worked offered a variety of interior decorative to the full, but also how a small
out of London on farms. Roger Fry schemes and so the Fitzroy Street group of people could make such a
stayed in London supporting the premises were also decorated in the change to the path of Arts & Crafts.
Omega Workshop whilst Vanessa Omega Style. They brought craft, design & fine art
Bell and Duncan grant moved to together in a way it had not been
Charleston in Sussex, where they All of the main members of the done before and in a way which
put their efforts into decorating the Bloomsbury group remained friends we are still fighting to do now.
entire house in the ‘Omega style’. The till their deaths. Some died of old The creativity produced in those
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