Working Towards Wallpaper

I’ve always wanted to create my own line of wallpaper and last week that dream took a step closer when I went to visit a wallpaper factory to learn more about the process.

On a wet Wednesday morning my good friend Poppy and I jumped in the car and headed up the M1 to visit Anstey UK. I’d been contacted by them some months ago about potentially printing with them and they had invited us to look around the factory and find out more about how it all works. In my life as a graphic designer I’ve been round quite a few printing factories but I wasn’t quite prepared for the scale of wallpaper printing. It is massive and there are so many different processes and techniques. We were like kids in a sweet shop!

We were introduced to the world of wallpaper printing by Sabrina who talked us through all the different techniques and what that might mean in terms of our designs and then we went on the grand tour. From steel cylinders, rubber rollers and paper storage to colour mixing, design teams and the massive printing machines we got to see every part of the process including a chap who was hand printing original William Morris wood block wallpaper (it was an eight colour design and would take him 3 weeks solid work to print 20 rolls – astonishing!)


Next Steps

On the way home we were both buzzing about the possibilities, the next step now is to work out which of my designs work best on wallpaper! I’ve mocked up a few here and would love to know what you think.


Are there other designs of mine that you’ve seen that you would love to see on wallpaper? What about colours, do you love the brights or do the single colour designs suit you better? Leave a comment below and let me know.

3 Responses to Working Towards Wallpaper

  1. Dawn Francis September 19, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    HI Sam

    My name is Dawn and my background is in interior design and soft furnishings, so I thought I’d send you my suggestion:

    Have you considered the print from your tribal teatowel range as an option?
    The colours and print are ‘softer on the eye’ and I think would work better on a larger scale as wallpaper in an interior space.

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, take a look at the work of Barbara Hulanicki – 1960’s fashion illustrator turned wallpaper designer, amongst other things, because I don’t think you should rule out creating a limited edition of the ‘long legs and stilettos’ print either!

    I hope this helps! 🙂

    Dawn x

  2. SamOssie September 19, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Wow Dawn – thank you so much for your comments, always gratefully received! Love, love the idea of both the tea towel print and high heels as wallpaper, I’ll have a play with them as see where I get to!

    Thanks again for your awesome feedback! 🙂

  3. Kathryn September 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Loving the black and white design Sam, would also look great in softer / neutral tones. Let me know how it goes. Kx

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