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Birthday Celebrations! Our artists join us to celebrate 5 years of The Monkey Puzzle Tree

August 16, 2022 2 min read

Birthday Celebrations! Our artists join us to celebrate 5 years of The Monkey Puzzle Tree

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To celebrate 5 years since launching The Monkey Puzzle Tree, I met up with some of our artists last weekend for a birthday celebration. 

We're not the most sociable group so it was a rare treat - and here they are!

Drew Millward

Artist Drew Millward at The Monkey Puzzle Tree 5th Birthday Party

Drew worked with us to create our hugely popular 'Hit the North' real cork wallpaper which was awarded a Design Guild Mark last year.

He's well known for his intricate illustrative style, and has been commissioned by rock bands such as Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys.

Joel Weaver

Artist Joel Weaver at The Monkey Puzzle Tree 5th Birthday Party

Joel works in the minutest, often tiny detail. He assisted Damien Hirst and Ryan Gander early on in his career and now creates the most detailed and often surreal miniature drawings.

Joel collaborated with us on'Disorder in Stasis' wallpaper and'Between Certainty and Oblivion' linen.

Sarah Thornton

Artist Sarah Thornton at The Monkey Puzzle Tree 5th Birthday Party

Sarah was part of the notorious 'Leeds 13' group whilst at university in the 90's and applies her vibrant use of colour and appreciation of nature and fun to her watercolours and drawings.

She collaborated with us on'Rita does Jazz' velvetand'She Chose Science' wallpaper.

Josephine McYebuah

Artist Josephine McYebuah at The Monkey Puzzle Tree 5th Birthday Party
Josephine, who has a degree in animation and is inspired by comic book art is working with us on our next new design which will be launched at Decorex this October.

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About The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Multi award winning English made interiors with a twist and a conscience.

Combining a love of colour and pattern with a strong ethical purpose, their exquisite textiles and wallcoverings enrich interiors with character, authenticity and a quiet sense of rebellion.

Established in 2017 by Charlotte Raffo, The Monkey Puzzle Tree carved out a new way to harness creative ideas by collaborating with carefully selected Yorkshire artists, celebrating the best of the North of England's creativity, eccentricity and innovation.

The company works to support local communities and minimise the environmental impact of their products, paying their artists generous royalties and manufacturing their luxury designs within 100 miles of their Leeds studio.

Awarded ‚ÄėBest in British Product Design‚Äô at the Hotel Designs Brit List Awards 2021 for ‚ÄėMetamorphosis‚Äô linen union fabric
Awarded a Design Guild Mark in 2021 for ‚ÄėHit the North‚Äô real cork wallpaper.