"The people behind Yuyu are husband and wife team Mark McKeown and
Julie-Anne Hughes, both designers but with different design disciplines.
Julie started her textile design journey at art school in Scotland.
Over fifteen years on, having worked in top design studios in New York
and London; Julie now lives in Leeds and divides her time between
designing for Yuyu, part-time lecturing to the textile students at Leeds
College of Art, and most recently new mum to son Bertie.
Mark has nearly twenty years of experience in graphic and editorial
design working for many well known national and international clients.
They met back in 2004, since then Julie’s passion for surface pattern
and screen-printing started to influence Mark’s everyday graphic design
work. In 2007, they decided to combine their different skills and love
of bold graphic prints (often influenced by the retro patterns they grew
up with in the late seventies), to create Yuyu. They launched their
first collection at Top Drawer in September 2008".
We had the pleasure of meeting Mark last week at the Tigerprint Open Day and it's safe to say that the Tigerprint team were bowled over by his design talent.
Today we start to bring you a very special showcase of the work of the designers who attended the Tigerprint Open Day in our West Yorkshire headquarters last week.
First up is the very talented Jessica Wilde who by day is a Wallpaper Designer. However the rest of Jessica's time is spent busily dipping into all sorts of crafts, textiles, print, pattern, photography and illustration.
Yesterday we held our very first Tigerprint open day and it was a great success!
We invited ten lovely designers to come and join us but it was very tough choosing from the brilliant applications we had.
So what did the day entail?
The designers each brought along their portfolios, an ice breaker task and passion for design!
During the day they got to look around the studio as well as working with us on lots of fun workshops before showing off their wares to the design team.
Over the next week we will showcase the talented bunch of designers who we met and worked with. For now though is a sneak peak of the day and a big thank you to all the designers who came to our HQ yesterday.
This September, Rachael Taylor is showing at Top Drawer
but as well as showing Rachael's amazing range of designs there will be
an interactive doodle wall for the public to watch live as it develops.
This big doodle extravaganza will then, with the help of Rachael and
Wallpapered.com, be produced into wallpaper with all the proceeds going
to the very deserving Cancer Research UK.
Rachael has invited an esteemed group of designers and artists to
draw with her on the charity project throughout the show. You will be
able to see updates of the wall as it progresses from Rachael's design
Meanwhile if you'd like to donate for this very worth cause then head to the just giving page - any donations will be so greatly appreciated.
Good luck to Rachael and her team of designers and artists - we can't wait to see the doodle wall!