I’ve been thinking about making some prints which reference old toy catalogues for a while. I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid to spend hours going through catalogues assembling the mental equivalent of an online wish-list. This first print pulls apart an old Bayko toys building leaflet which showed the numerous variations a set would produce, and the parts needed to make it. The basic image was of a toy which copied the standard pre-War house style from a time when house buying was expensive but supply was ensured due to the rapid expansion of towns and cities.
The initial scan produced some interesting colour overlaps, and by working on the separate colours and then bringing the layers back together, I was trying to both highlight and echo the imagery so it becomes hard to tell if it is a real house drawing or a toy.