Graham & Brown ‘New Wave’ Success for Four Alumni

25 March 2014

Graham & Brown, Britain’s biggest wallpaper company has joined forces with some of Britain’s best up-and-coming surface pattern talent to produce a range of 16 exhilarating new wallpaper designs for The New Wave Collective.

Four of the thirteen designers chosen are alumni of our BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design degree course; Emma-Jane Sowerby, Nancy Straughan, Jessica Hogarth and Louise Tiler, whose designs will now we sold worldwide.

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Journalist Barbara Chandler is the curator for the New Wave Collection for Graham & Brown. A passionate supporter of emerging talent, Barbara has worked with Graham & Brown over the last year to select designers from a variety of fields including textiles, illustration, street art and fashion, to create an exclusive collection of wallpaper which offers high-end design at high-street prices.

‘Making such new talent affordable and accessible is a truly bold step for Graham & Brown,’ Barbara commented. ‘I love the democracy of our project…New Wave is testament to the diversity of talent in surface pattern in Britain today, which in turn reflects the nationwide richness of our historic art and design colleges, and their ability to nurture individual talent.’

The brief allowed the designers to fully express their individual styles: ‘Interpret what inspires you and create a wallpaper design that tells us the story of your insights.’ Resulting in 16 diverse designs by the 13 designers, offering something for everyone – from beautifully rendered botanicals to graphic geometrics.’

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See all of the designs, including Jessica’s Tour de Yorkshire inspired illustrations, Louise’s  Urban Tree design, Emma-Jane’s Fossil Leaf motif and Nancy’s coffee inspired prints on the website, where you can also read the profiles of each of the designers. You can also read Jessica’s brilliant blog about the process, right from being selected as one of just 25 national designers to attend the briefing session at the Graham and Brown headquarters in Blackburn.

To see more of their work, visit the individual websites of Emma-Jane Sowerby, Nancy Straughan, Jessica Hogarth and Louise Tiler.