One of our newest and most talked about lines at Studio Four is Caitlin McGauley’s incredible collection of wallpapers. Caitlin is a delight to work with and we have had the best time helping her put together ideas for the patterns and colors that make up her debut collection. When Caitlin first approached us about the possibility of venturing into the world of wallpaper, I think she came to Stacy and me for thoughts on what designs would translate and work best. Well, I would like to say that we were helpful… but in all honesty we were so taken by the beauty of her paintings, and we basically wanted her to turn them all into wallpapers!! The good news is that I think there will be all sorts of fabulous new designs coming from Caitlin, and she will continue to amaze us with her talent. Here is a little Q & A with the fabulous Caitlin McGauley.
KR: You are an incredible painter and illustrator, how did you come up with the inspiration for your wallpaper collection? Is it a mixture of new designs and some influence from your past work?
CM: Thanks! There was a point a few years ago when I was painting lots of interiors. I found myself getting really into the patterns on the walls and fabrics, and figuring out what kind of wallpaper or upholstery would work in the tiny little worlds I was painting. Then I got a little tired of working so small and started painting huge patterns on big paper, and it sparked the idea for a collection.
KR: Do you have a favorite design from your collection? Sorry- impossible question, I know!
CM: So hard to answer! I love the Dots because they are so versatile, I can see them working in so many places. I also like Trumpet Vine in pink because it’s a little out there. But I have to say that I think the most striking is Panthera in black!
[pictured above, clockwise from top left: Echo in blue, Elephants in pink, Dots in Black, and Peony in pink]
KR: You have two young children. Do you have any tips on how to have a clear head and keep the creativity flowing while balancing your day to day life with the little ones?
CM: Work/life balance is always on my mind! I think having kids has made me more focused and has forced me to use my time more wisely. I am always lamenting that I should have done more work before I had kids, that I should have used my free time to make more art and develop my business. But the truth is, my productivity has been through the roof since I’ve had kids. You know that saying “If you need something done, ask a busy person?”. It’s like, ok let’s just add it on to the pile! Just when I think I can’t take anything else on, I get a rush project or one of my kids gets sick. My main tip is to learn to go with the flow and embrace it all as just a part of life. It all gets done somehow!
[pictured above,clockwise from top left: Trumpet Vine in pink, Siva in blue, Claude in lime, and Panthera in black]
KR: Any hints on what is to come next? Collection number two?
CM: I am loving the response people are having to the animals, and I’m thinking that I want to do more! I’m thinking about Tigers on yellow and brightly colored birds. I can’t wait to get painting!
See more of Caitlin McGauley’s collection on our showroom website. And you can find Caitlin’s own website here. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.