Industry Profile: MissPrint

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Since launching in 2005, wallpaper and fabric company MissPrint has gone from strength to strength, with its beautifully designed, contemporary wallcoverings, fabrics and interior accessories, all originating from hand drawn illustrations. Mother-daughter duo Yvonne and Rebecca Drury take inspiration from their surroundings for their designs, as well as the nature within the urban environment and the rich and diverse mix of cultures. The pair work work from a riverside studio overlooking East London. This was their first year exhibiting at Decorex - we caught up with Yvonne for a quick chat...

How did you start out in the industry?

We both have a background in Printed Textile Design. I (Yvonne) graduated with a 1st Class BA Hons from the University of East London in Printed Textiles, as did Rebecca quite a few years later. After graduating I worked in the industry designing for the fashion sector selling designs to companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. I am also a part-time senior lecturer at the University of East London.

Rebecca was at university and enjoying her studies - she just loves pattern and has a true talent for drawing and design. At the time I wanted to move away from fashion textiles into the interior/furnishing design area, which is where I feel true affinity. What better way than to join forces with Rebecca and start a new business?  Rebecca was still at university when we launched MissPrint at the Chelsea Craft Fair (now Origin) in London in October 2005.  It was a great experience for her as a student and being part of running a business gave her a fantastic insight and motivation.

Now seven years on, we are a growing family business, still expanding with many new and exciting projects on the horizon. We love making patterns, developing new ideas and seeing them grow into designs is great. 

We believe ecological issues are important. All our products are produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible.  Our entire wallpaper range is PEFC certified which means that the paper products used promote the sustainable management of forests.

We try our utmost to support our local community and strongly believe in supporting the British manufacturing industry. All MissPrint products are made in UK.

What’s been your proudest career moment to date?

We are currently working on a design collaboration/project with a major retail company. At the moment we cannot reveal any more information... watch this space...

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

What we love is that you never know exactly what a day will bring, although there is a structure, every day always brings new and different challenges... It is also really great to make all the design decisions and follow your instincts.

What do you love the most about exhibiting at Decorex?

It was our first time at Decorex and we were impressed both by the volume and quality of visitors. It is a great place to launch new products and showcase designs and we also met a lot of new clients.

Did you launch any exciting new products at this year’s show?

We launched our new wallpaper collection at Decorex. It is called ‘collection 2’ and comprises seven new wallpaper designs which move forward with the theme of nature. ‘Mountains’ is part of our new ‘Collection 2’. ‘Mountains’ depicts the scenic peaks and fells of Great Britain. The design is inspired by the spectacular landscape and dramatic snow capped peaks set against the skyline, and incorporates mark making to be found OS maps. 

Who or what inspires you?

There are many factors which inspire us. It may sound like a cliché but inspiration can be found everywhere; colour, shapes, motifs patterns and textures surround us. Nature has a big influence on our work; a simple leaf or flower has so many beautiful qualities of line, shape, colour and texture. We also love mid-century design, which is marked by its simplicity, clean lines and organic forms, and Scandinavian design characterized by its elegance and minimalism.

If we could give you an extra day per week, what would you spend it doing?

Walking the dog!

Can you tell us a bit about your own home?

I moved recently into a mid-century house. It is really different from my previous home, which was a Victorian terrace; it is so light and airy in comparison. It has been a really busy time recently, so we have not had time to begin to decorate, however, I cannot wait to get started.

To find out more, visit the MissPrint website.

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