Inspired by my Grandfather who was a decorator, I started my apprenticeship at an early age. With a shed full of amazing pots of coloured powders and pigments, we would sit in the garden for hours and paint all manner of things.
After completing my apprenticeship aged 18 and becoming apprentice of the year 1998 (Federation of Master builders) I then recognised my passion for printed wallpapers, this spurred me on to study a BA Hon’s Contemporary Textile Design.
Upon leaving University I successfully found a job at the wonderfully historical wallpaper company Cole & Son. Here I had the privilege of working with some of the industries most experienced crafts people and I was entrusted to look after one of the most extensive historical wallpaper archives I have ever seen.
Working at Cole & Son enabled me to learn all about the hand block printing and hand flocking process and how block and flock wallpapers are made and then ever so carefully hung.