Robert Hamlin-Wright began his printing career in 1976. Fresh out of Art School and in a Chicken Shed in Potters Bar he printed for some of Britain’s great fashion designers of the time including Ossie Clark, Jean Muir, Bellville Sassoon and Caroline Charles, hand printing onto a wide variety of cloth such as Jersey, cotton, silk, chiffon and voile. After the turbulent early 1980s when the fashion world was struggling to survive Robert turned to printing for the home furnishing industry which was booming with the trend for printed pattern. To meet the demand for wallpaper and borders he renovated an old flexographic machine which had been printing crisp packets until Robert acquired it. This equipment which has undergone many additions and engineering transformations over the years is the machine Robert and his team use today to produce their machine printed wallpaper.
Moving from London to Norfolk in 1999 to a large new build factory enabled Robert to expand his operations. The factory produces bespoke fabrics and wallpapers for some of today’s top artists and designers alongside developing the companies own brand. In 2005 Robert’s partner, Belynda Sharples designed and launched her first wallpaper collection which combined her uniquely creative talent of drawing and pattern making with her partner, Robert’s printing skills.