Meet the New Wave Designers
Here's the Designers from Graham & Brown's New Wave wallpaper collective.
A fashion graduate, Abell went on to study Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art and now creates textile designs for both interior and fashion clients.
Shipley is the third designer to have come up with two prints for the New Wave Collective. Her flowing, botanical Paradisi I and Paradisi II designs started life as meticulously detailed pencil drawings, part-inspired by the Arts & Crafts designs of William Morris. ‘The designs are a modern take on traditional Arts & Crafts patterns, given an exotic and surreal edge,’ she says. In Shipley’s hands, this translates as hummingbirds swooping between leopard-print butterflies and cheetah-spotted leaves. Intricate in execution, the slightly subversive monochrome designs also have an utterly timeless sensibility.
An avid collector of textiles, the designs of the past are a key inspiration for Davidson’s work and her glorious over-scaled wallpaper, Tapestry, is based upon a tapestry made by her grandmother, which she always loved as a child. As she explains, ‘Tapestries have been used to adorn walls for centuries, so to develop a tapestry design as contemporary wallpaper seemed a logical thing to do. I have tried to capture the charm of my grandmother’s tapestry, but I have reinvented it for our more sophisticated eye using digital imagery. As with traditional tapestries, this paper could be hung in different ways.’
Caroline is based in Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk.
Her wallpaper, Feather, perfectly encapsulates her detailed design approach and was inspired by her interpretation of British pattern as a mix of, ‘British heritage, period styles, craftsmanship and the rural environment.’ She started by trialing designs based upon the countryside, historic buildings and wildlife, before settling on her vibrant feather pattern. ‘My palette is usually pretty tonal, so I jazzed it up a little using bright pops of colour,’ she explains. The resulting wallpaper is a flexible pattern that would work happily anywhere from a cottage snug to a gentleman’s library.
Helen is based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.
‘My Yorkshire upbringing has always played a big part in my work, so for this special collaboration I wanted to keep my focus on my roots,’ says Hogarth. Taking the news that the Tour de France is heading to Yorkshire in 2014, Hogarth created her pattern, Tour de Yorkshire, which combines illustrative hilly landscapes and market-town buildings with graphic bicycles. ‘I wanted my design to have elements that really reference Yorkshire, whilst including fun drawings that contribute to a conversational print that can be enjoyed by many.
Jessica is based in Whitby, Yorkshire.
On first glance, the lilac butterflies on her Urban Tree wallpaper seemingly wend their way through a fantastical fairy-tale landscape. On closer look, it becomes clear how Tiler has cleverly combined both natural and urban pictorial elements in a way that is unexpected, yet beautifully balanced. This is exactly the effect she was looking for, as she explains, ‘My wallpaper reflects the blend of natural and urban environments that have to coincide in today’s modern habitats and city environments.’ The print also reflects her interest in using double-exposure photography as a creative technique, as well as her love of nature.
Frustrated by the lack of good patterns on offer for children’s interiors, Usher decided to, ‘Break the mould and create designs which were quirky and fun, yet also appealed to design-conscious adults.’ Fish, her print for New Wave Collective, takes as its starting point the classic British beach. ‘Think wet and windy sand dunes, fishing huts, beach combing and rock pooling,’ she says. The collage-effect is thanks to Usher’s extensive collection of business-envelope linings which she used to create her design. ‘I used them in a cut-and-stick fashion to create fish that have quite a naïve, childlike style.’
Kate is based in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear.
Combining these design influences with an in-depth look at organic textures and dyes, Straughan collected, dyed, photographed and scanned a plethora of natural objects, ‘Until I had a collection of wonderful textures to use in my designs.’ She then used these textures to create two sophisticated minimalist prints, Coffee Bean and Coffee Stripe, which have the subtlest hint of the homespun about them. The two patterns embody both her modern-retro signature and interest in the natural world. ‘I hope my designs successfully combine natural textures and simple motifs, and reflect British pattern design at its best,’ she says.
Nancy is based in London.
Sowerby’s signature work is strongly influenced by the forms and colour palette of the natural world. Her pared-back design, Fossil Leaf, took shape after a summer trip to the Jurassic coast in Dorset, which is famous for its fossils. ‘I was inspired to research into fossils and discovered the beautiful textures and forms of plant fossils,’ she says. The resulting motif has a delicate subtlety which gives it a classic quality.
Emma is based in West Drayton, London
With Cullen’s designs, the more you look, the more you see and that is very much the case with Lizzie’s Doodle. ‘I wanted to create something that is fantastical. London is one of the oldest cities in the world and the most modern. I wanted to capture the urban complexity of the city, drawing out both its magic and normality.’
Lizzie is based in London.
Her conceptual Linear wallpaper perfectly embodies this approach, being originally inspired by boat masts she had seen in a harbour. She then concentrated her abstract design into a beautifully muted colour palette. ‘I try to make more masculine designs rather than something typically feminine and I do this through colour mixing and by considering the types of line and shape to use.’
Rachel is based in Darlington, Durham.
Alien Crowd, the resulting wallpaper based on Graham & Brown’s Ennis design, is witty and warm and allows those of us who might not own skateboards to enjoy Munday’s bold, graphic work.
Kev is based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Their design, Honeycomb, is intended to draw attention to the rapid decline of the honey bee. ‘As bees play such a fundamental part in the function of the natural world, we aim to use design to raise awareness of their plight,’ they explain. Rendered in the perfect pollen yellow, the two say the design, derived from our close-up image of natural honeycomb with sunlight shining through.
KathKath Studio is based in Camberwell, London.
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