Cornish printing company GMS joins forces with Chichester College

April 5, 2017

Wallpaper designed by Chichester College students will be seen by more than 250,000 people later this month.

The paper will be used in the interiors for one of the show homes at the Ideal Home Show, which runs until Sunday 9 April at Olympia in London.

College students have designed the 21st Century Cottage and Property Ladder Apartments for the show – and art student Phoebe Hartley’s wallpaper will be featured in the study at the cottage thanks to the help of a Cornwall-based large format digital printing company.

GraphiqueMediaSolutions agreed to turn her design into reality, donating their time and materials, to ensure the paper could take its place in the home.

Owner Robin Hubbard spent a weekend creating the wallpaper, after receiving the designs.

He said: “It’s been great to be involved in such a brilliant project.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to turn it around, but we made it work and I’m delighted that we were in a position to be able to help.

“The illustration is amazing. I think the visitors will be really impressed and surprised by it.

“It’s really different and the standard is unbelievable – I would never have thought that it had been produced by students.

“To be able to help them achieve this is fantastic for us and it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate how anyone can look to design their own wallpaper. We’re really opening up the market to creativity.”

Other designs by the students will also appear in the cottage, including a macabre flower motif which will be printed on tea towels.

Chichester College Lecturer Maria Smith said: “We really wanted to showcase the talents of our students throughout the cottage.

“As part of their coursework, they had created wallpaper designs and we felt they could make a real creative impact.

“We are extremely grateful to Robin and his team at GraphiqueMediaSolutions for helping us to achieve this and I can’t wait to see how people react to the wallpaper.”