Meet The Design team
The Brand McKenzie wallpaper design team is a group of talented and experienced designers who are passionate about creating beautiful and unique wallpapers. These designers are experts in their field and have a deep understanding of the latest trends in wallpaper design and they are constantly working to develop new and innovative designs that will appeal to a wide range of customers.
The team is always looking for new ways to incorporate the latest trends in wallpaper design into their collections. They are also committed to using high-quality materials and construction methods to ensure that their wallpapers are both stylish and durable.
Abigayle is an experienced freelance commercial textile designer based in Manchester, who loves to paint large scale florals and tropical scenes. She specialises in digital print design, using hand painting techniques, mark making and texture work to create dramatic, modern pieces for the home. Over the past ten years she has worked in a variety of studio settings, starting her career as an interior fabric designer in Mumbai, creating contemporary jacquard, sequin and embroidery designs for the European market. Abigayle has now set up her own home studio where she spends most days painting designs for interior fabrics, wallpaper, and fashion prints
Bryony is an artist and print designer based in London. Having graduated from Loughborough University she worked for a Print Studio for a couple of years before moving to Philadelphia, USA to become Anthropologie Home’s in-house artist and print designer. In 2020 she moved back to the UK continuing to design print and textile for a number of British and US interiors companies.
Bryony has a passion for creating prints and artwork by hand. She enjoys working in a wide array of mediums and loves experimenting with new mediums and techniques.
Ella Peters is a British award winning independent wallpaper and textile designer. Trained at the Royal College of Art in Printed Textiles. Ella was awarded the highly prestigious Heals Discovers award in 2008 and has worked with numerous renowned brands including Osborne & Little, Heals, Marks and Spencer and Crabtree & Evelyn.
Ella’s passion is to deliver the ultimate combination of colour, print and material. Inspired by the beauty of nature and natural history; she takes a fresh approach to print with unique colour combinations and imagery to create diverse results.
Gemma is a Textile Print Designer, her career started within the fashion industry designing prints for womenswear but recently entered the world of interiors and she now adores designing for walls and spaces. Gemma’s prints are contemporary, bold and diverse. She likes using colour, depth and movement within her designs.
Gemma is inspired by all things nature and has a real affinity for drawing and painting, especially leaves and flowers before digitally reworking the designs into artwork and repeats.
Gemma was trained in London as a screen printer and the traditional silk screen techniques still influence her work today. Her speciality would be print mixing, She is always interested in finding new ways of working, layering and likes to be playful and create artwork people can enjoy.
Helen is a print designer from the Shetland Islands but left the islands to study Textile Design at Heriot Watt University where she specialised in print for interiors. Helen's time at university was very successful as she picked up the Dr Oliver Medal for highest achieving textile student of the year.
After graduating in 2020, she started her own design business, Variorum, where she now designs homewares and gifts inspired by local wildlife, landscape and culture. She particularly loves drawing the coastal flora and fauna from her island roots, and connecting people with a sense of place and warmth with her designs. Helen's designs are highly detailed, and usually involve traditional art mediums with graphite pencil being her favourite to work with.
Isabelle is a textile print designer whose art is heavily inspired by nature. She uses different mediums such as pencil, watercolour and gouache to interpret the natural world, which she then transforms into repeated patterns.
Her signature technique focuses on the intricate details of her subject using coloured pencil, but she also loves to experiment with a freer, more expressive style. Her designs for Brand McKenzie are a celebration of whimsical, maximalist art and showcase her imaginative approach to interior design.
From her home studio in Brighton, Isabelle creates wallpaper designs under her own name, as well as collaborating with other fashion and interior brands on a freelance basis.
Kareen is a young, up and coming textile designer who graduated from Heriot-Watt University in May 2020. Throughout her time at Heriot-Watt she specialised in printed textiles and developed a strong drawing style which is shown throughout all of her work.
After graduating she started her brand inspired by all things Scotland. Kareen lives in a small seaside town in Scotland and its beauty provides her with bundles of inspiration. Apart from designing, Kareen currently supports her passion for designing, working as a weaver where she is picking up further valuable knowledge in her quest to become a designer of note in the future.
Textile and Interior Designer Laura Nicolson started her career studying Printed Textile Design at Edinburgh College of Art. Her love for textiles blossomed while working in London as a Senior Print Designer at a well-known textile company. She went on to establish her own Interior Textiles label focussing on contemporary-classic fabric and cushion designs created from her own artwork. Alongside designing her own collection, she loves to work on freelance and bespoke projects for Interiors which brought her to designing beautiful wallpapers for Brand McKenzie.
Since graduating in 2000, Lorraine has secured positions in Ireland, Italy and London, creating designs and hand painted artwork for brands such as Holly Hunt, Pierre Frey, William Morris & Co. and Zoffany, to name but a few.
Her position at Zoffany spanned 14 years. Here she was an integral part of the brand, responsible for many of its iconic designs across wallpaper and printed, woven and embroidered fabrics.
In 2019 Lorraine set up her own freelance design business. With her vast experience comes an appreciation of great design and a passion for and understanding of colour. Lorraine has a real respect for historical documents and shows sensitivity when translating these into contemporary designs. Whether working from an archive piece or originating her own designs, Lorraine creates beautiful, authentic commissions for discerning clients.
Lou Collis is a Bristol based textile designer and Illustrator. Having previously worked as a designer for Harlequin for 8 years, being involved in all methods of wallpaper production, fabric design and printing, she now works as a freelance designer creating striking and nature inspired designs. Creating most of her designs by hand, she loves to use gouache paint for fine detail and inks for more expressive designs. Lou is also experienced in digitally colouring design collections with the use of Photoshop & AVA software.
Mark J Bell
Mark is a Senior Print and Textile Designer based in London. Across the past 11 years he has worked in design and production for luxury clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto, Suzannah of London and Hayley Menzies; as well as for commercial brands ASOS, Topshop, M&S and more.
After graduating from MMU in Fashion Design & Technology he has established his own successful freelance business ' Print By Mark' by completing works for Disney, NDA clients and independent interior designers.
Mark enjoys working in any medium whether it be freehand illustrations or digitally using the latest software programs.
Designer and creative director Mary Jones studied industrial ceramics and worked in the ceramics industry as a designer and modeller, before establishing the surface pattern studio Mary Jones Design in the early 1980's. Initially designing wall and floor tiles Mary became interested in creating pattern for other products and the versatility of working with many companies. The studio now has extensive collections suitable for all home, contract and gift.
The design team includes creatives from many different disciplines such as illustration , graphic design , fine art and fashion. Mary has travelled extensively collaborating and designing collections for global brands including Harrods, Casamance, Waverly, Marazzi and Ikea. She embraces new challenges having experienced many changes in the design industry. Recently the opportunity to meet remotely has brought her greater flexibility in working with clients around the globe 24/7.
The studio also offers workshops and training to other industry professionals
Melanie is a wallpaper and print designer based in in Exeter, Devon.
Originally, from Yorkshire, Melanie is a Fashion Design graduate from Northumbria University. Her background is in fashion and interior design; She has worked for textile designer Zandra Rhodes and spent five years working within the ceramics industry as a new products/ surface pattern designer.
She has a huge admiration for craftsmanship and incorporated all kinds of traditional printing methods within her work. Melanies’ specialism is the hand-crafted look and she enjoys using all sorts of old school techniques as part of her design process.
Melanie is now a dedicated self employed freelancer, collaborating, managing new products for a local artist and always looking to create new designs.
Yasmin is a printed textiles designer and illustrator based in Portsmouth. Formerly Head of Design for a UK furnishing fabrics company, she specialises in textiles designs for the home, creating prints and patterns for fabrics and wallpapers alike.
All of Yasmin’s designs are highly illustrative and maximal, created by hand with extra attention to detail. Mother Nature is her biggest inspiration with florals and fauna at the heart of all her pieces, especially those from more tropical pastures which is where her love of nature and colour collides. Since December 2022, Yasmin has worked freelance for both the fashion and interiors industry whilst also indulging her love for illustration, creating prints for the stationery and homewares market.