Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are not only the driving force behind the brand Eley Kishimoto but are notably one of the most dynamic creative duos in the design & fashion industry. Think colour, excitement & funky couture and you’ll only be half way there in depicting the sheer array of creative visionary within this pair. Established in1992 and dubbed the ‘Patron Saint of Print’ I first locked eyes with the latest Eley Kishimoto wallpaper collection at Decorex 2014. Reinforced by the studio’s 22 years of expertise in pioneering printmaking, what drew me to the brands prints was the fact that not only are they hand screen-printed (a method of printing of which I am extremely fond of) but they also print & manufacture from their South London studio in Brixton. Within this photo-essay the desire to tell the alluring narrative of English screen-printing through the essence of Mark and Wakako was strong. Through this long-established process I questioned both designers on the history of their craft, its importance and the future of the brand.
How important was it for you to use a more conventional method of wallpaper production as opposed to a modern digital process?
What compelled you to launch a wallpaper collection now at this point in your career?
How do the disciplines of interiors and fashion interplay with each other?
Are there any plans to launch any further homeware collaborations for 2015 and also, are there any plans to extend your collection to other homeware collections such as ceramics, home accessories or a paint collection [for instance]?
Describe a typical day at the Eley kishimoto studio?