Case Study: Working with The Paper Partnership Ltd

A look at the beginning of my career in the decorative print industry with The Paper Partnership Ltd and the collections I worked on during that time

Working with The Paper Partnership Ltd

I began my career in the decorative print industry with The Paper Partnership Ltd. After graduating with a degree in Textile Design from De Montfort University, I took my first step into the industry as The Paper Partnership’s eager intern.  

After a short internship in the East Sussex countryside, I was asked to join full-time as a junior designer in their fast-paced studio. In addition, I worked in the marketing department eventually becoming both a creative and graphic designer for the international home interior brand. 

Finally, after working alongside the team for five years, I became Studio Coordinator running the creative as well as the marketing departments.

During my time with The Paper Partnership Ltd I worked with four brands within their umbrella: University of Oxford, Grandefiore, Elizabeth Ockford, and The Paper Partnership.  

Design Separation Service - Maund Wallpaper in Production
Managing the production of Maund, as part of the University of Oxford collection.
Creative Marketing Digital Render Example of a wallpaper in a room set - Emerald Geometric
Pyrite in emerald, a design coloured for the for The Paper Partnership Gingko collection.
A surface pattern design with collaged archival documents in a diamond pattern.
A developmental design proposed for the University of Oxford Archives II collection.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford collection, Archives II, is the first wallpaper collection I worked on with The Paper Partnership Ltd. As a result, I had access to the universities archives. We were asked to create a collection that reflected the substantial history of Oxford as one of the oldest universities on record.  

During the development of this collection, I created several wallpapers which were selected to be a part of Archives II. These wallpapers included Natural Curiosities and Baxter.

University of Oxford – Natural Curiosities wallpaper

Without a doubt, this design remains one of my favourites. A striking digital print fit for the most esteemed professors. In short, this design features a variety of items on shelves that would look at home in any study. 

Initial sketches for the Natural Curiosities wallpaper.
Experimenting with collage for the Natural Curiosities wallpaper.
Creative Design Service example of Natural Curiosities wallpaper design process - showing layout design.
The final wallpaper design for Natural Curiosities.

University of Oxford – Baxter wallpaper

Additionally, Baxter is another wallpaper which is important to me. Inspired by the illustrations of William Baxter, curator of the University of Oxford botanic garden from 1813 – 1843, I wanted to recapture their charm and romance as a wallpaper.  

In fact, I also named my dog Baxter after this wallpaper design. 

The final wallpaper design for Baxter wallpaper.
Baxter wallpaper in a kitchen interior.
Dog photo showing Baxter
A photo of my dog Baxter, named after the wallpaper.

Grandefiore

Next, after Archives II, I worked on the Grandefiore Lugano collection. We were tasked with colouring existing designs using a range of muted colours to sit comfortably in any interior. 

The core concept of this collection was coordination. Therefore, we worked together on each design, ensuring the collection was developed in a complementary and harmonious way. As a result, each set features a coordinating stripe, pattern, and design that unifies the collection.

The Paper Partnership Ltd - Ceresio Ivory
Ceresio in ivory.
Grandefiore collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd - Caprino Ivory
Caprino in ivory.
Grandefiore collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd - Sorengo Multi
Sorengo in multi.
Grandefiore collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd - Lavena Multi
Lavena in multi.
Grandefiore collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd - Sorengo Plain Multi
Sorengo plain in multi.
Grandefiore collection.

Elizabeth Ockford for The Paper Partnership Ltd

Highbrook was my first collection in partnership with Elizabeth Ockford. Consequently, it would lead to a long, fruitful friendship that led to us working together to help establish her own brand after the closure of The Paper Partnership. Learn more about the partnership here.  

Working together, we developed a collection focussing on colour and geometrics, featuring touches of metallics, to create a cosy, homely feel.  

The Paper Partnership Ltd Elizabeth Topaz wallpaper
Topaz in mineral.
Gingko collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd Elizabeth Marble Stripe wallpaper
Marble Stripe in mineral.
Gingko collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd Elizabeth Clouds wallpaper
Clouds in mineral.
Gingko collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd Elizabeth Hatton wallpaper
Hatton in mineral.
Gingko collection.
The Paper Partnership Ltd Elizabeth Morganite wallpaper
Morganite in mineral.
Gingko collection.

The Paper Partnership

Finally, alongside the other brands, I worked on collections for the sub-brand The Paper Partnership (under The Paper Partnership Ltd’s umbrella). The Nucleus collection gave me the chance to work on something a little different. 

Instead of creating designs from scratch, Nucleus focussed on repacking a collection of existing designs to breathe new life into well-loved work. 

During the development of Nucleus, I pulled together a set of existing semi-plains in neutral colours and textures to create a new pattern book. Alongside the marketing team, we created imagery and packaging for the re-released collection.

Working with The Paper Partnership Ltd

During my time with The Paper Partnership Ltd, I developed invaluable skills which I can offer now as a freelancer. Ranging from using colour to pull a collection together to running the production at multiple European print factories, alongside the management and creation of pattern books and creating valuable marketing assets, I can offer the complete design package. 

Freelance Creative Services

If you are looking for help to create your own wallpapers or collections, then let’s start a conversation to see how we can work together to create something beautiful and unique. 

Let’s talk about how my skills can benefit you.

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