When asked by Hamilton Weston to create her first wallpaper collection, London illustrator Alice Pattullo came up with a series of nostalgic designs drawn from formative days spent in her parents’ allotment, the community garden near her childhood home in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England.
“The allotment became our garden away from home,” says Alice who now lives in East London. “My mum is good at bright, showy flowers like dahlias and peonies, but you’re only allowed to give a certain amount of your plot to ornamentals because they’re intended for fruit and vegetables. So my parents grew—and still grow—broad beans, courgettes, mangetout, Tuscan kale, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, runner beans, green beans, beetroot, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, apples—and I’m sure there are more I’ve forgotten.”
Pattullo is known for her updated evocations of historic British scenes. Join us for a tour of her gardens.
Still life photography by Elizabeth Watt; all images courtesy of Hamilton Weston Wallpapers.
Arboretum is one of four patterns in the collection. Each is available in a number of inspired hues taken from the garden. To achieve the desired range of tones, they’re digitally printed in the UK on a nonwoven paper.
Alice studied illustration at Brighton University and predominately works on commissioned illustrations for books, magazines, and packaging. She also has a line of limited-edition screen prints that are akin to her wallpaper patterns. She often works with India ink and acrylics, but some of the patterns began as paper cutouts.
Hamilton Weston produces most of its wallpapers to order. They’re available internationally; for US customers, the company has several retail and trade distributors across the country—email [email protected] to inquire about pricing and contacts.
The company specializes in bringing both “heritage and innovative designs to the market,” which includes Marthe Armitage designs and botanical artist Flora Roberts’s Poetic Wallpaper.
Featured image: Pathways wallpaper in “Cucumber & Mint.”
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