About Ivy & Ethel
Hello, I’m Mel and I’m the one above who is painting away at my kitchen table.
I decided to set up my brand Ivy & Ethel after collating loads of prints, drawings and paintings over the past couple of years – they’ve all lived in the under stairs cupboard for quite some time, and thought I think they would make pretty cool wallpapers! A thousand scans later, hours and hours in Photoshop combined with many late nights and there you have it, Ivy & Ethel was born. Wish I had more to say about it but, that’s literally it!
Originally I’m from Yorkshire, a Fashion Design graduate from Northumbria University and now reside in Devon. My background is in fashion and interior design; I completed a placement at textile designer Zandra Rhodes and after spent five years working in the ceramics industry as a new products/ surface pattern designer.
I have a huge admiration and appreciation for craftsmanship, and I will incorporate all kinds of traditional printing methods within my work. My signature style is the hand drawn, painted or crafted look and I achieve this during my time spent at the Double Elephant Print Studio in Exeter – it’s an amazing place and full of talented folk.
I really enjoy going on the prowl for new inspiration, especially on the surrounding moors and coastlines. I’ll capture what I’ve seen with photographs and then draw them at the kitchen table – always with a brew and a slice of cake. I wish to share all my creations made in my spare time with you and I really hope they become a treasured addition to your home.
Just to put it out there, I work with the best digital printers in the industry to ensure that the heart and soul of Ivy & Ethel is retained in every roll. The biggest wallpaper brands also use the same digital printer and paper to achieve the best quality possible.
Please do have a browse and follow Ivy & Ethel on Instagram if you like, ivy_and_ethel. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or if you fancy a chat.