Whilst in London in March, I got to meet Erica Wakerly, who I think is best know for her geometric wallpaper designs. She started by telling us about her design history, she did a degree in graphics, but after finishing that she discovered she was also interested in the making, printing and designing of products, so then went on to do a Masters in printed textiles.
The wallpaper ‘Angles’ was her first and still is the most popular. She told us that to create this she first made 3D objects to draw from which I find really fascinating because after you know that you can see how the pattern has a lot of depth and I think that way of working gets really good results without over complicating a design. I also love that the wallpaper is screen-printed which gives it even more depth! She said she had tried out digital but in the end it’s just not the same.
One of my favourites of the wallpaper that Erica showed to us is ‘Houses’ which is one of her more illustrative designs, this paper was also created by drawing from 3D, she explained how the things she drew from were flat images of different houses, but because of the lighting they cause a shadow which she then also included in the design, which I think is what make this paper so unique.
I like that Erica said that she doesn’t follow trends and only made something if she was 100% into wanting to make it for herself, if other people liked it it’s a bonus!
She mentions that the places that usually buy from her are restaurants, bars and hotels, places that are looking for more unique, high quality and less commercial papers.