Down the rabbit hole of the eccentric and extraordinary, Witch and Watchman's hand-painted wallpaper and fabric collections from designer Helen Wilson draw inspiration from fairy-tales, Old Hollywood, and Film Noir to create intricately off-beat designs. A new take on Chinoiserie (European interpretations of traditional Chinese styles) combines history with the modern in each luxury wallpaper and Cotton Half Panama fabric.

My journey with Witch and Watchman’s whimsical and eccentric wallpapers started in London, England. I had studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, with a specialization in painting. After graduation, I worked as a graphic designer then a full-time painter, however neither of these seemed to be that perfect fit. In 2014 I was struck by an insight that I should re-appropriate my painting and create wallpapers. Amazonia became my first design.

I initially moved to Berlin in 2015 to focus on getting my boutique interior brand off the ground, making use of its cheaper (and amazingly cool) living. In 2017, I made Los Angeles my home. I currently live in North East LA, with my studio in the Elysian Valley, next to the Los Angeles river.

As a former Fine artist turned wallpaper and fabric designer, I combine traditional artwork with digital editing. Each quirky wallpaper motif is hand-painted by me in oil on canvas, then transferred to Photoshop to form a seamless pattern. The digital product is sent to specialized printers in the UK, with long histories of printing the highest quality wallpapers and fabrics. 

My work draws from many influences, such as Miss Havisham’s house from Great Expectations, the Addams Family home, and old, overgrown Hollywood mansions like Gloria Swanson’s house in the film Sunset Boulevard. My great desire is to bring fine art into everyday life, not limited to a frame, but patterning the walls, upholstering furniture, and turning one’s home into a personal gallery.

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