One year on from graduation designer Jen Moules is now a featured personality at this year’s New Designers showcase in London.
The event is like a big public debutante ball for designers, with more than 3, 500 graduating students from design schools across the UK showing their talents and products.
Jen however has a year’s experience on these graduates and was selected to join a special exhibit called One Year On.
Only 50 fledgling designers were chosen to return and this talented wallpaper and fabric designer is one of the more notable personas at the exhibit.
“It is a great opportunity to show my work,” she said of her inclusion in the event.
“Wallpaper is not practical to show at an art exhibition so this will give me a chance to put my work on display.”
She also hopes to find some interested clients and stockists with her collection of lovely wallpaper and linen soon to expand into cushions, greeting cards and stationary as well.
It was Jen’s prints of apples and embroidered bird wallpaper that first caught our eye as an interesting new interior décor idea.
The graduate of the Arts University College at Bournemouth said she has always been inspired by the natural world, especially birds which feature heavily in her designs.
“I love gardening and the woodlands so this is my inspiration,” she said.
Her images are unique in their use of beading, embroidery and different textures.
This stems from her time as a fashion student before she realised her designs were better suited to interiors.
In terms of choosing a wallpaper she has three main tips for people at home:
1. Choose a colour you want
2. Always buy a sample before buying the entire role
3. Hire someone to do it if you are not certain of your abilities
“I prefer mural prints over repeat patterns because it can be a one-off focal piece,” she said.
“But my range does include repeat patterns for commercial reasons.
“Repeat patterns can sometimes get lost but a big graphic brings focus to the wall.”
If she could have any designer fit out her own walls it would be Tracy Kendall’s giant cutlery wallpaper.
“Trends I have noticed for summer are bright colours, pinks, oranges, yellows,” she said.
“Don’t shy away from colour but choose something that suits the room.
“In a bedroom you want a more calming effect. Think about the space and what you want to use it for.”
Jen’s range features more muted colours and natural images rather than the brights of other designers.
She will have her collection on display at the event which runs from June 27 at the Business Design Centre in London.
“Every student’s work is particularly different,” she said.
“If you come you may see the next big thing.”
For more information about the event and other young designers showcasing their work visit the New Designers website.