I started designing wallpaper during my textile and surface design degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design. I wanted to create a collection aimed more at the male market rather than designs that were typically feminine. I’m interested in layering images to create quite abstract designs that are very much linear in style.
I take inspiration from buildings, structures, patterns and surfaces for both imagery and colour palettes. I look at all areas of art and design for inspiration such as current fashion trends, music, and also fine art by the likes of Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly.
After completing my degree at CCAD I entered the New Design Britain Awards for their surface coverings category. I entered my degree work which was 5 lengths of wallpaper based around buildings and structures from around Britain. I was shortlisted as a finalist and invited to exhibit my work at Interiors UK at the NEC in Birmingham where the judging would take place. It was there that I met Barbara Chandler who was one of the judges and selected me as the winner of my category.
Whilst entering this competition I was also working towards my PGCE and teaching art and design and textiles at my local sixth form college. I love teaching art and working with the variety of students at college. I was also able to go on trips to Venice and Rome as part of their art study visits which were great experiences and allowed me to collect my own research from places I wouldn’t have normally visited.
When Barbara got in touch about the New Wave collective I was excited but nervous as I felt it was a bit out of my league. I worked on a variety of designs to present to the team, all quite abstract and linear. When Barbara told me they wanted one of my designs I was over the moon and felt more confident about my work. It’s great to be part of such a diverse collection with such an impressive company and to work alongside such inspirational designers.
I am now looking forward to setting up my own brand of gift and home ware collections and being part of the success of the New Wave collective.
Written By Rachel
Darlington-based, Rachel Hagger combines teaching art and design with creating award-winning wallpaper prints. ‘As a designer I enjoy playing with line and shape and how I can layer drawings to create quite abstract designs,’ she says.
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