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Sketches To Product

To start the process of making the ‘2014 original collection’ I drew out seven or eight A4 designs, which would be a repeat pattern. I then did a poll on the best two, the two that would work best as wallpaper.

Design 2 Design 5

These are the two designs that were chosen.

The next step was to find a company that would be able to help me turn these sketches into wallpaper. Being based in Nottingham I found a company close by in Loughborough, Anstey. On my first visit to the warehouse, I met the team that would be making the wallpaper and had a tour. Seeing the machines working and the whole process from the rollers to printing to wrapping to boxing to shipping.

Wallpaper being printed at Anstey.

The wallpaper that was being printed when I visited.

On my next visit to Anstey I chose the type of paper, the printing method (flexographic printing) and how the repeat should be on the wallpaper. In this visit I also met with the person from Laserflex that would be making the rollers for the two wallpaper patterns.

Once I had signed off on the pattern for the rollers and they had been carved it was time to think about the colours that I wanted the wallpapers to be. I wanted them to be subtle colours, the pattern is detailed and a bold colour would have been too much. I gathered samples of other wallpapers, colours of paint, ideas of what works together in the different room and looked at the colours of the murals that I had previously painted.

Having decided on blue/green and grey, the colour ideas were sent to Anstey, ready for their team of colour technicians to match what I had chosen to an actual ink colour.

In January, I went to Anstey’s warehouse and worked with the guys that printed the wallpaper to make sure that the colours were the same as what I had signed off. We did this for each colour and designs and waited whilst each lot was printed in full.

All that was left for me to do was to wait for the rolls to be cut and packaged with our personalised label and then to be delivered to me.

A Roll Of Wallpaper

A roll of wallpaper with our logo.

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A Designer’s Process

The ideas behind started during my A-level art.

One of the projects we were given was nature; I wasn’t a fan of still life drawing that others were doing, so I took a different route and looked at the more abstract. Having researched artists such as Tord Boontje and the detailed Indian art of Mehndi, within my own work I developed a style of drawing. The outcome of this project was my first mural.

It was the biggest and most time consuming (five days) piece of art I had done. I was painting onto a wall of a bungalow we were refurbishing, which had no heating (and it was winter), and was when I had finished stripped back, re-plastered and is now painted pink.

First Mural

The above image shows the finished final piece.

 Mural video – I recorded bits of the process and above is a little video the making of the mural.

When we were in final stages of building the house, I was asked to paint another, smaller, mural. So whilst the flooring was being laid I climbed a scaffolding tower and merrily painted away. As this was to go into my family home I knew what my parents would like and included bits like a Tahityfly (dragonfly) a family joke from when we were younger.

 Hampstead House Mural

Mural at Hampstead House.

The summer before I ventured to study Photography at Nottingham-Trent University, I painted another mural. Butterfly’s, the design to work if a cabinet was in front of it, and pink were the requirements for this fresco. And that’s what I painted.

Newport Road Mural

Newport Road Mural, with a bird named George.

The summer after my first year at Uni having not stopped drawing new designs, I decided I wanted to do something more with this style of work. This is when I decided to make my designs into wallpaper and created the wall-coverings that make 

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