is Abigail Edwards, a graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art and a designer and producer of unique wallpapers, fabrics and accessories
Words by Chloe Pelas
Abigail Edwards founded her business in 2011. Having graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1999, Edwards designs wallpapers, fabrics and home accessories. All of her wallpapers are made in the UK at family run printers with non-toxic water-based inks.
Her work is hand-drawn and inspired by nature and fairy tales. Recent projects include Oak Tree wallpaper, Rapunzel Stripe wallpaper and a collaboration with East London-based Muck ceramics to create a limited edition of hand thrown, hand-decorated bird vessels. Edwards is currently working on a book, Quiet Pattern.
Oak tree: Edwards’ classic wallpaper comes in three different colours. The design is entirely hand-drawn, featuring branches, tangled vines and a sparse smattering of acorns. It takes its inspiration from the gnarly ancient oak, which is said to be the wisest of all trees.
Edwards started designing wallpaper while working full-time as an interior stylist, although she had been drawing since art school. After thinking one of her illustrations would work better as wallpaper, she made it ‘without any plans to actually launch a business – just to see what happened. And people bought it’, she says. ‘I carried on designing more papers and the business formed very organically.’
Bird vessels: The product of Edwards’ collaboration with East London-based Muck Ceramics is a limited edition range of hand-thrown, hand-decorated bird vessels. The collection features stoneware pots, made in Hackney by Rebecca Jayne Hernandez of Muck Ceramics, which are then hand-painted by Edwards and sent back to Muck to be re-fired.
Since then her designs have received multiple recognitions, including Best in Show Textiles by IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) at 2015’s ICFF and being shortlisted for House Beautiful Awards two years running for wallpapers.
Rapunzel Stripe: This wallpaper is slightly more contemporary, alluding to a traditional monochrome stripe from a distance. However, up close, the hand-drawn plaits cascading down the wall become clear. Rapunzel Stripe and Edwards’ other wallpapers are all produced in the UK.