The daughter of a Greek diplomat, artist Clarissa Hulse led an itinerant childhood in which she witnessed a variety of landscapes from vast locales as diverse as the Czech Republic, Thailand, Belgium, France, Italy, and Greece!
She landed from all this wandering and witnessing in Brighton, UK, where she studied art before moving up to London—easy striking distance to the fields of Wiltshire, where she honed an eye and a craft for depicting the bounteous botanicals therein: "invitations to wander into a magical Wiltshire Garden where wildflower and seedheads glow against luminous, open skies."
The artist's new collection for Graham & Brown is the culmination of over 20 years of Hulse's studies and work: "Every leaf, stem, bud and flower was collected by Clarissa in the wilds of the Wiltshire, and carefully photographed back in her London studio."
The resultant wallcoverings are a dense phantasmagoria of the natural world: eager pistils, silken leaves, and exuberant blooms populate these designs, all back-grounded by earthen shades or vivid, gradating colors, depicting the still of an autumn afternoon or the great drama of an August sunset.
After a start making hand-painted scarves, Hulse evolved into her niche creating art and design inspired by nature, a niche that she won't be leaving any time soon: "Whether I'm scouring the countryside for beautiful seedheads, hand printing designs in the studio or packing up orders with the team – I am lucky to be able to do a job that I am so passionate about. I hope to bring some of my deep love of the beauty in nature into your homes.”
All paper in the Clarissa Hulse collection is sourced from sustainably managed locations; all paint is water based. Contact Graham & Brown to specify.