MissPrint's graphic designer on how wallpaper can be a design and illustration dream

Rebecca Drury's graphics mesh together mid-century modern and Scandi folk art for an inspiring take on interior design.

Illustration work can be featured anywhere, from book covers to beer labels, even wheelchair wheel covers. But have you thought about designing for wallpapers?

Among the convention of one-colour spreads and something cartoonish for the kids, there's plenty of space in the arena for an artist to make their mark - just as Rebecca Drury of stylish home interior venture MissPrint has done with her patterns for wallpapers, fabric and even stationery.

Interestingly, MissPrint is also a family affair, as started when Rebecca was still a student.

"MissPrint was founded by me and my mum (Yvonne Drury) in 2005 after being inspired by screen printing projects while at university," Rebecca explains. "We started printing on our kitchen table and have grown organically over the years."

"All of our patterns are drawn by hand and start as a page in my sketchbook," she continues. "I pick an idea to develop and then work on creating the repeating pattern.

"At this stage I consider the scale and how it can work in different kinds of interior spaces. Once I am happy with the scale and general repeat, I start to draw up the final design block.

"Only when the design is fully complete on paper do I digitalise the artwork and use software (Photoshop and Illustrator) to make final adjustments and tweaks."

Rebecca, who is influenced by mid-century design and Scandinavian folk art, describes her style as graphic-based and tessellated, a form she follows no matter the project.

"I love line art and fine pen illustrations and create most of my work using this style," she says.

"As a textile designer my illustrations are normally created with repeating patterns in mind, so they tend to follow a similar theme across my portfolio. It's all about pattern for me and creating a seamless and harmonious repeat."

Speaking of harmony, Rebecca enjoys working as part of a family unit on MissPrint.

"I believe being a family you can be open and honest with each other and you have a real understanding of the people you are working with," Rebecca tells us.

"It also helps that we all have similar taste in design and agree - most of the time - on the important decisions."

The designer hopes for the team to grow and develop new designs and products; "it's a never-ending brief" as she puts it.


Close-up of a MissPrint design

"Our patterns aim to make people feel better day-to-day by inspiring with colour and illustration.

"Designing is definitely a natural progression and I feel that an individual’s design style will naturally evolve over time as you grow as a person and find new interests and influences."

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