An interview with wallpaper designer Deborah Bowness
Deborah Bowness designs quietly brilliant wallpaper – all handmade in England. Her designs are original and guaranteed to raise a smile. We talked about wallpaper obviously, good days, bad days and inspirations…
What’s the most important thing to know about you?
Describe a really good day and a really bad day in the life of Deborah Bowness?
On a really good day everything makes sense.
On a really bad day nothing makes sense and it’s grim outside….
What inspires your ideas?
Images & objects apparently out of context.
Describe the process you go through to turn your ideas into products.
Observation & idea > photography > Image manipulation > design decisions > production decisions.
What advice would you give to an aspiring surface designer?
Don’t give up.
Desert island design time; which three designed items could you not live without ?
Pencil, scissors, paper
What are you most proud of?
Surviving by doing what I want to be doing.
What’s next for you?
First a holiday and time to focus on and develop new ideas.
Then In the new year there will be ‘Paper Trail’ a touring exhibition, wallpapering the streets of Britain.
And, finally, what’s your favourite colour?!
I don’t have a favourite, but I’m into very dark grey at the moment.
Katie Treggiden writes confessions of a design geek, winner of mydeco's Best Interior Design Blog in Great Britain and has recently published Interviews, a collection of eighteen conversations with designers. You can follow her on Twitter @coadg. Read more posts by Katie Treggiden.
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