EMILY PARKES meets the people behind Peagreen, a design studio producing prints, tee's and surface pattern design. The talented designers of Peagreen talk to Emily about their current inspiration and the ethos behind their work.
Tell us about Peagreen.
We are a print studio and design consultancy based in Winchester, Hampshire. We sell our own range of limited edition prints and tee shirts on our big cartel website alongside supplying the retail industry with surface pattern designs. Over the years, we have worked with people such as MoMA New York, Habitat, Nike, Paperchase, Gap Inc., Urban Outfitters, Stussy and many more. We also develop interior graphics for public and private spaces, see the Discovery Centre in Winchester on our blog...
What steps were taken when creating the business?
Enterprise grant, business plan, design brand identity, computer purchase, and exhibiting at trade fairs.
Describe your work setting.
We work in the old Hampshire Chronicle building in the centre of Winchester. It's lovely and quiet outside, and lively and inspiring inside. There are 10-ish of us here at Peagreen with a nice mix of men to ladies, football and plinky plonk music.
Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
We don’t have any! There’s always too many ideas in our heads and not enough time to get them out! If we ever do get stuck we just ask each other for help.
What has been inspiring Peagreen lately?
Pallant House Gallery in Chichester...currently showing Mervyn Peake and Robin and Lucienne Day, Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, Grain edit blog, Stephen Powers project “A love letter to you”, and Swiss ice lolly packaging!
Where do you see Peagreen in the next 5 years?
Hopefully with some Peagreen branded products out in the shops.
Who are some of Peagreen's favourite artists/designers/makers?
How did you come up with your company name?
It's the colour of peas...the perfect vegetable.
What is the best part of what you do?
The variety, the team, seeing what we have designed in the shops and on the telly. Projects with schools and charities are really rewarding in a very different way.
What's the ethos behind Peagreen?
To create modern, happy and tasteful designs in an environment where everyone is appreciated and respected.
If you would like to be kept up to date with Peagreen and see more of their work, you can visit their website and blog. You can also check out their big cartel shop and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.