To the point
With it being time for a spring clean refresh, Charlotte Pearson finds inspiration in Brewers Home.
Dinosaurs created using a pointillism technique and birds from hands, it is fair to say that artist Kerry Caffyn has put the fun back into children’s wallpaper designs.
But she admits when asked to create a new collection for Brewers Home it was a step away from the norm.
“With the Kerry Caffyn brand, Melanie (Adams retail development manager for Brewers) asked me if I could focus on some children’s designs which at first I thought was completely out of my comfort zone,” explains Kerry, “but turned out to be very satisfying, probably because I have young children so I am more aware of what gaps in the market there are.”
Kerry’s children also provided some inspiration behind the designs, with ‘Watch the Birdie’ incorporating their handprints.
“I thought of creating something children could emulate with ease,” she reveals. “After all any child can do a hand or foot print.
“Our eldest daughter was pleased as punch when I asked for her help. Not only was she getting paid to put her hands in paint and get messy but her younger sister was in bed fast asleep.”
Whereas the ‘Dotty Dinosaur’ design uses a technique Kerry first picked up while working on a cruise ship around the Greek islands.
“It was here that I completed my first pointillist painting (a technique using varying shades and thickness of dots to create an image),” says Kerry. “This was to be a turning point in several ways,
“Pointillism is a little addiction of mine that pops up in ‘Dotty Dinosaurs’.
“My general work/art philosophy is ‘be yourself’, ‘don’t let yourself down’, and ‘never turn down an opportunity’. This, I suppose, has meant I have had a varied career because I just can’t say no.”
Kerry admits that having worked with each other in the past Melanie was well aware of her inability to say no.
“We used to perform on stage together and that lead me on to designing and making props, costumes and sets for her ‘Rattonians’ amateur dramatics group,” the Eastbourne designer reveals. “So I then collaborated with her again on the Albany ‘Performance’ range of wallpapers and then I was hooked.
“I juggled this with being a mum of two but it’s these little people that drive you onwards.”
With a number of fun designs, does Kerry have a favourite?
“Animal alphabet,” she answers. “It all started with orangutan but I was eager to include creatures like the ural, yak and narwhal, after all these types of papers should be fun and educational.
“I bet everyone can remember his or her wallpaper and I hope this one will make the same impression.”
Starting her creative studies doing fashion at Hastings College of Arts and Technology, Kerry then moved to Epsom School of Art which lead her to wetsuit design in France.
“This was just for a short time, however, because my other passion was calling from the wings and it was now or never,” she says. “Before it was too late I had a short but enormously fulfilling five year dance career.
“I was travelling the world and gathering a plethora of inspiration in places like Vietnam, Hong Kong, Burma and Europe.”
Looking ahead Kerry already has loads of ideas for future designs.
“I have been likened to a bubble machine spurting out idea bubbles,” she laughs. “I’m afraid some of them have to be popped but fortunately most don’t.
“I certainly have more children’s designs up my sleeve and if I have anything to do with it there will be an iconic ‘mermaid’ Kerry Caffyn wallpaper design still circulating in 2050.”
The current collection has four designs and comes in a number of different colourways, the only question will be which one to choose?
Brewers Home is open seven days a week, 7.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am until 5pm Saturday, and 10am until 4pm Sunday. The Brewers Home showroom is located on Birch Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6PL, off Lottbridge Drove opposite Tesco.
Or you can call 01323 434600.
March 31, 2016 Interiors and Property