Featured in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and House of Coco; we chat to Kathy Shimmield, the face behind our latest designer collection. Described as bold, fun and colourful this wall mural collection features a range of different designs to suit anyone, from someone looking for an eye-catching bedroom feature wall to a hotel looking to create beautiful decor. We chat to Kathy about her life and what inspired the collection.
Mural: Confetti, £30m/2
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Kathy.
"I'm a self-taught digital artist that used to create kids iPhone apps, just the design side (not the programming) and I've also had careers in business development and marketing. I have three teenagers and I've been married for 20 years. I love to just sit with a cup of tea with my dog at my feet snoring while I watch a great historical documentary."
Q. How would you describe your collection?
"I've had people tell me my designs cheer them up or make them smile - which thrills me to hear. I'd describe my collection with Wallsauce as a mix of some of my favorite abstracts. Some are floral in nature and others are bold strikes of color meant to grab the eye and keep hold. Pieces that start a conversation and get noticed. "
Q. As a self-taught artist, how did you come to fall in love with art?
"I've always loved art. Even as a child if we were on a trip and someone mentioned we were going to see an art museum I was the one kid that was always excited about it."
"Each piece is unique and has a different story"
Q. Who did you have in mind when you designed this collection? What kind of homes do you see your work in?
"Each piece is unique and has a different story, but they all begin with something having inspired me throughout my week - and then when I sit at my computer I recall those images and begin my own interpretation of what I saw, or what it was that I truly loved about the image and I go from there. As far as where I see my work, I've no idea because there are many different types of designs... Some, I can see easily in a bedroom that wants that special eye-catching wall and other, more intense designs would be great for commercial properties.
Q. What are your favourite pieces from the collection?
That's a really hard question to answer as it depends on my mood. They are like my kids in the sense that they are so different yet I love each of them just as much as the other.
Q. Did anyone inspire your work?
No this all comes from within, and not something I can force out...I see something or think something and the visual comes to me and I begin to create. But many times it turns out completely different than what I originally thought it would be. Each time is an adventure.
Q. Who is your favourite artist of all time?
My all-time favorites are Van Gough, Paul Klee, Kandinsky and Picasso. If I had to pick just one, that would be hard for me as my taste changes with my mood. I guess Kandinsky.
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