Matthew Stobbs

Designer / Colourist

 

How did you get started in the world of wallcovings?

It was relatively easy. I had an interview with another wallpaper and textile company back in 1996, I just wanted to get my foot on the door, so I went for a marketing job. She asked me why was I going there for a marketing job when I could draw, so I met the MD and it took me from there and became an apprentice.

 

Was it always clear to you that you wanted to be a designer?

Yes, I always wanted to be an artist, as I was good at art and I always considered that if you can draw is a type of gift, that then you can get better at and if you can make a career out of it then even better!

 

Is there any design that you’re particularly proud of?

Yes, I would say Elephant Grove, because it’s all drawn by hand and it has been and still is very successful. I’ve seen it used in all different types of rooms as well which is very interesting to see.

 

What’s the most fulfilling part of your job?

I’d say the best bit of my is to actually get a pencil and draw!

 

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I’m watching Hemlock Grove at the moment, which is about vampires and wolves! And I’m getting to the point where I’m not watching it anymore because it’s getting on my wick!

 

And your all time favourite show is...

Oh it has to be Breaking Bad!