NEW WAVE Wallpaper Collective

This NEW WAVE blog post is one that I have been excited about writing for a long time and I’m so excited to share one of my most exciting freelance collaborations to date. 


At the centre of this collaboration, entitled NEW WAVE, is Barbara Chandler, a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. Barbara has written for a long list of magazines and newspapers, including Homes & Gardens and the London Evening Standard. She can always be found photographing at London’s many trade shows and exhibitions, on a quest to spread the word about the emerging design talent that Britain has to offer. Almost a year ago, I received a phone call from Barbara, who was keen to curate a wallpaper collection that offers boutique designs at affordable mass market prices, from a selection of UK designers. The brand that would be working alongside Barbara manufacturing and selling these designs is one of the world’s leading wallpaper companies, Graham & Brown. This is a company with a strong brand history, with members of the original founding family still playing important roles in the running of the company. Graham & Brown are known for championing and nurturing British design talent, and this collaboration is testament to that. 


A few weeks later, 25 designers from a wide variety of artistic backgrounds gathered at the Graham & Brown headquarters in Blackburn, for an introduction to the project. This included  watching trend videos, learning more about the companies history, and we also had a very interesting tour of the factory. It was fascinating to see hundreds of metres of wallpaper being printed on rotary screen machines in a matter of minutes. There was also a rather tasty buffet that we tucked in to on arrival at the venue! 


The brief was simple: ‘describe what surface pattern means to you through a wallpaper design’. 


I drove home with my head spinning about all of the possible routes my wallpaper could take in terms of colour and theme. One important piece of advice we were given was that we had been chosen because both Barbara and Graham & Brown loved our work as it was, so I felt, whilst I wanted to explore a new theme or idea, I needed to remain true to my design style. As a proud Yorkshire lass, my work has often been inspired by the beautiful coastal surroundings in which I grew up, and also currently live. The rural countryside of Yorkshire also has a huge amount to offer, so I began thinking about how I could produce an exciting design that somehow celebrated the lush green rolling hills and market towns which can be found further inland. I hoped that by focusing on a different area of Yorkshire, I’d be able to move my work forwards and give it a new twist, whilst also building a story behind the design. 


The fact that the Tour de France is heading to Yorkshire for the Grand Depart in July this year had always been at the back of my mind. Even though at the time, it was over a year away, promotion had already begun up north, alongside the extensive planning required to successfully run an event of this scale. You will never catch me personally riding a bike, but I love drawing bikes, so decided, that although perhaps the idea was a little quirky – I would develop a pattern that celebrated this event, but in a way that resulted in a design that could be enjoyed by many. 


Gary Verity was at the heart of Yorkshire winning the bid, and I read an article about him and the pitch in the Dalesman, which became the focal point of my research. After an afternoon driving the route the race will take from Leeds to York, I spent a couple of weeks on and off drawing, amending drawings, drawing more, changing layouts and tweaking colour before finishing a design I truly felt happy with. Hand illustrated buildings surrounded by cobbles combine with a viaduct and patterned hills adorned with bikes to create an eye catching conversational print that is illustrative,colourful and most of all fun. The most nerve-wracking part was yet to come however. In order for my design to be in with a chance of being selected, I needed to present it to members of the G&B team, Barbara and also the fabulous communications company CamronPR, whose offices are based in Covent Garden; the chosen venue for this part of the project. Then followed a week or so of waiting before hearing from Barbara that my design had been selected to go in to production. Ecstatic doesn’t begin to describe how I felt at this point! 


The wallpaper was manufactured in December 2013, there’s an image below of it coming off the printing machine.


new wave collective - manufacture


We had a day of portraiture sessions in Blackburn in January, before all meeting up again on Tuesday this week for the press launch. This was held at the beautiful CitizenM boutique hotel in London. After months of secrecy, the wallpaper was unveiled to some of Britain’s best journalists. I can’t wait to see everyone’s designs pop up on blogs and in magazines over the coming months. The evening continued with a beautiful dinner at Soho House, followed by lots of laughter and cocktails back at the hotel. It was a wonderful evening, and I’m so incredibly happy to have been a part of this. You can see my design in-situ below – I love this photo!


NEWWAVE wallpaper collaboration


Of course there isn’t just me that has contributed to this project. There are 12 other incredibly talented designers and artists who too have had their work put into production for use on wallpapers, to be sold worldwide through Graham & Brown. One of my favourite photos is the one below, a lovely lifestyle shot, that showcases everyone’s work beautifully. 


NEWWAVE wallpaper collaboration  


The wallpapers goes on sale today! You can purchase them from here


I love this group shot of all of the designers together.


NEWWAVE Wallpaper Collaboration


There are a few more lifestyle shots of some of the papers below:


Nancy Straughan – Coffee Bean

NEWWAVE wallpaper collective


Louise Tiler – Urban Tree



Kate Usher – Fishes

New Wave wallpaper by Kate Usher


Helen Stevens – Feather

NEWWAVE Wallpaper Collaboration


Emma J Shipley – Paridisi I

New wave wallpaper collective, Paridisi I


I’d just like to say thank you to Barbara, the G&B team and CamronPR, it has been an amazing project to work on and a brilliant opportunity for my brand. 





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Surface pattern design e-course

I am so thrilled to be able to announce that I am masterclass tutor on the famous ASPBD Make it in Design e-course, which was founded by the lovely Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton. Up until now, the course has spanned 3 modules, but this March, a new fourth module is launching. A little while ago I was approached by Rachael and asked if I’d be interested in joining the team as a tutor. I didn’t hesitate in saying yes, and have since recorded videos that will be used in the module.


Over the weeks the module is live, students will benefit from individual feedback on their work, and be able to take part in live briefs with some wonderful companies, one of which is Graham & Brown. I’m really proud to have collaborated with Graham & Brown myself over the past few months; watch out for my NEWWAVE wallpaper launching with them very soon! Expect bikes, Yorkshire influences and lots of bright colour!


Another perk of the MIID course is having free and unlimited access to some gorgeous stock photography, shot by the talented Holly Booth, as well as a textures library, which students are free to utilise throughout their design work.


You can check out the brochure at this link: and also check out the cover page and the masterclass tutors page below. 


surface pattern design e-course

 Introducing the tutors! 

surface pattern design e-course


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New stockist: National Trust site Beningbrough Hall

Last year I was approached by the National Trust to see if I would be interested in becoming a supplier for them.


The National Trust was founded in 1895. It intended to preserve Britain’s precious heritage, both architecture and open spaces. The National Trust now has 567 spaces, covering coast and country, monuments and houses and gardens and parks.


This is an organisation I have always wanted to work with, so I jumped at the chance to attend an open day to gauge the interest in my products from shops in and around the North East of England.


I then sent some samples in for review by the head buyer and am thrilled to say that a number of my cards alongside a notebook and tea towel were accepted. My first order will be arriving at Beningbrough Hall this week, and I hope to get orders from other sites soon too!


Beningbrough Hall is situated north west of the beautiful city of York, and offers visitors the chance to walk around an intriguing old house as well as exploring the extensive gardens; the perfect place to relax on a summers day.


You can see more by visiting Beningbrough hall itself at: Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD.


Below are lifestyle images of the products selected by the Trust.


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Jessica Hogarth - new stockist - beningbrough hall

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Paris – January 2014

A trip to Paris never fails to satisfy! I love visiting the French capital, and this was my 9th visit to one of my favourite places in the world! Myself and my lovely friend Louise Tiler (a very talented designer), spent two nights in the city, primarily visiting the famous Maison et Objet exhibition and some of Paris’ beautiful design shops. We had long days with not much sleep so also managed to do a lot of walking around and eat nice food! 


We set off on Monday from Leeds and after train cancellations and final delays we arrived in London very late, and had missed our Eurostar! Thank you to the people at Eurostar for transferring our ridiculously cheap tickets and letting us get the later train! 


We had booked in to a hotel on the Rue D’Assas, which is south of the river in the 6th Arrondissement. It’s quite a quiet area but within walking distance of the famous latin quarter which is a great place to spend an evening. A 3 course meal accompanied by wine later, we spent a couple of hours walking along the river, and taking photos of some beautiful buildings at night.


Paris January 2014

Maison et Objet

On Tuesday we prepared ourselves for a lot more walking as we were visiting Maison et Objet, a huge trade show showcasing a multitude of different products from hundreds of exhibitors that had travelled in from all over the world. The show was vast, and it’s always a pleasure to see beautiful products, and secretly plan things to buy when I eventually have my own house! One of the most stand out exhibition spaces was that from Kare. The stand was huge! Check out the picture below from one end of their space.


Kare - Paris 2014


Other companies that stood out for me were Ferm Living, Atelier LZC and Mapoesie


Ferm Living


Ferm Living - Paris 2014


Atelier LZC


Atelier LZC - Paris 2014



Mapoesie - Paris 2014


After the show we went for a much needed meal and a sit down, before braving the cold and drizzle for a walk up to the Eiffel Tower! It looks beautiful at night and as we were there at 11pm, we got to see it alight with hundreds of sparkling lights! 


Paris 2014 - eiffel tower

We spent a while on Tuesday night marking some shops we had heard about on our map, ready to visit on our last day. Thanks to Igor Josif (of Happy Interior Blog) for giving me some tips! 


Wednesday morning saw us go to the Sacre Coeur. The view from the top of the steep steps leading up to it never gets boring, and it’s fascinating to see the city from up high.


Sacre coeur - Paris 2014

Shopping in Paris

Finally, we spent the afternoon wandering around the beautiful shops tucked away down some of Paris’ beautiful backstreets. 


First up, we visited Colonel. Colonel sells beautiful geometric lampshades, wooden furniture, textiles and some stationery. Expect bright colour and clean cut products!



Find it at: 14 avenue Richerand, 75010 PARIS


Colonel - Paris 2014

Secondly we found The Collection, which sells a range of beautiful high end wallpapers from the likes of Deborah Bowness, amongst smaller items such as stationery by Tamasyn Gambell, and kitchen textiles. 


The Collection:

Find it at: 33, Rue de Poitou, 75003, Paris


The Collection - Paris 2014


The penultimate shop we visited was Merci. I loved it as soon as I saw a miniature  Fiat outside! The shop is spread over 3 floors and also has a cafe and restaurant. You can purchase functional travel accessories, beautiful clothes as well as home interior products. I’d highly recommend a visit!



Find it at: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003, Paris


Fiat at Merci - Paris 2014 Merci - Paris 2014

 Last but not least, we visited Fleux. Time was getting a bit tight by this point, so we didn’t have as much time to spend here as we would have liked. Fleux is split over 3 properties, all either adjacent or opposite each other, not far from the Hotel de Ville Metro stop. Expect anything from beautiful geometric napkins to Orla Kiely wallpaper. It would be a fabulous place to buy some really special presents for friends or relatives.



Find it at: 39 & 52 Rue Sainte  Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004, Paris. 


Fleux - Paris 2014 Fleux interior - Paris 2014


We arrived home exhausted but both feeling motivated and inspired to spend some time working on new lines for our own products!  

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Greetings Cards – Spring 2014

Earlier this month I exhibited at Top Drawer in London. I was in the Stationery and greetings cards section, I was surrounded by beautiful paper products. To my right was Lynda, and her friend Kim of Lynda Loves, and to my left, the fab Ilona from I drew This. I couldn’t have asked for three nicer people to be sandwiched between at a trade show. 


Below are two images from Ilona’s Mischief greetings card collection. I simply love her hand drawn style, her characters are gorgeous. Ilona has her entire range available to view on her website here.

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Lynda’s style is much more graphic and focuses around the use of typography. Lynda kept her stand simple and mounted each range of cards on to board covered with wrap that complimented her work. She also had the most delicious M&S chocolate truffles for buyers (and greedy exhibitors)! Check out her website here.

Lynda loves greetings cards

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As I was manning the stand myself, I didn’t get much chance to walk the show whilst it was open, but there were some more companies that caught my eye. I have been a fan of Tamsin of Studio Seed’s greetings cards for a while now. Her business is going from strength to strength and I gather she had a fab show! Tamsin is now busy designing wedding stationery for her own special day, and you can follow this journey on her blog here.

  Studio Seed greetings cards

Studio Seed greetings cards


I had been in touch with Jan from Perkins and Morley previously, and it was great to meet her and see her work in real life. Jan has done a range of cards and a wrap of collective nouns for animals, which went down a storm at the show. She has since done the Scottish trade show and has Spring Fair and Harrogate Home & Gift lined up this year too! 

Perkins and Morley greetings cards


Other designer’s who I felt have a unique style and whose stand really stood out include Velvet Olive and Rocket 68. 


Rocket 68

Rocket68 greetings cards


Velvet Olive – it was Kathryn’s Christmas cards that really caught my eye.


Velvet Olive greetings cards


It was nearly 8 months since I had last done a trade event. It’s easy to forget how many incredibly talented people there are out there, but also the sheer variety in design style that is prevalent in British greetings today. Greetings cards are really big business and it was really exciting to be a part of the show, after first visiting back in 2010 whilst still a student. I’m now planning future events. After a successful Top Drawer, I am considering another show in Spring/Summer, but haven’t made any concrete plans just yet.  I think greetings cards is a product I will be focusing on the the foreseeable future, and I need to get working on new ranges soon! 


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