A Day With… Deborah Bowness


Deborah Bowness is one of the pioneers of hand-printed wallpaper. Trained in Leeds, and later in London at The Royal College of Art, Bowness has been designing and hand-printing wallpaper for over 8 years. Her unique style has adorned stylish spaces such as the New York Soho House and Phillip Stark’s Yoo-Aldelgade in Copenhagen. Her collections consist of a surreal dual reality, where 2D images of beautiful objects nestle in amongst your own.

Deborah shared a short but very sweet day in her lovely studio in St Leonards on Sea with us, and very excitingly gave us a peek into how she creates some of her designs.


I wake up with a cup of tea, do my emails with the view…


I arrive at the studio on the Grande Parade with a sea view. Inspiring & distracting, timing unknown…


The space at 14 Grande Parade is used as a studio /print space and show room. Its 6 windows bring in perfect light for photographing and also provide a window to a constantly evolving wallpaper installation.



Getting on with work – ‘ Paper Parrot’ Production.


Parrots given brightly coloured plumage. Screen printed free hand through blank screen.


A drying printed parrot…


Parrot is cut out by hand…


Parrot takes flight…


Work stops to enjoy the sunset. Home time.
You can find me at…

14 Grande  Parade . St Leonards-on-sea . East Sussex  . TN37 6DN.
Browsing by Appointment: deb@deborahbowness.com
M 07817807504 T 01424717132.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

1 Comment on A Day With… Deborah Bowness

  1. BODIE and FOU
    Thursday, November 26th, 2009 14:37 at 2:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Love these wallpapers…Would love to have them on BODIE and FOU!

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