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The Story Behind The Collection... Points of Nature

One of the main things people always ask is how I come up with my ideas so I thought I would share a snippet of my journey in creating my first collection. The process of creating a new collection is always exciting as you never know where it will lead you - and your ideas are constantly changing.

So first of all, an interest in post-impressionist art and a love for de­tailed hand drawing is what sparked the idea for my project. My brief was to create a visually strong luxury wallpaper collection with a cohesive colour story, using post impressionism as my starting point/inspiration.

Henri Rousseau Inspiration Pictures
Henri Rousseau Inspiration Pictures

Henri Rousseau was the first painter from this era I used as inspiration as I loved the hidden detail in his paintings. These are usually large jungle scenes, where animals are hidden amongst the leaves. You would not notice this until you studied the painting closer.

This sparked an idea and prompted me to research the style of pointillism. This technique branches from impressionism and is where small, distinct dots are placed on the page in such a way they form an image. Most of the time, the dots aren’t clearly visible until further inspection. Being someone who enjoys very fine and detailed drawings, this appealed to me. I decided to blend both Rousseau’s and Signac’s style together with my own. I used Rousseau's paintings to give me the subject of animals and foliage, paying close attention to the style and shapes of leaves, whereas Signac provided the drawing technique.

Paul Signac and Vincent Van Gogh were also used as inspiration for their pointillism technique
Artist Inspiration Pictures

Experimenting with ways to make dots
Finding my style

The challenge for me was blending different artists techniques of drawing and combining this with my own personal style, whilst approaching from a design viewpoint.