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Tess is a decorative artist known for her joyful hand painted murals, furniture, and wallpapers. She works with leading interior designers, and her recognisable style transforms spaces into magical wonderlands, be it a medieval patterned ceiling or a trellis of wild roses. She lives in bucolic East Sussex with her husband, Alfred Newall, who makes furniture, and their three children, Wilf, Romy and Alma.

Follow Tess on Instagram for hand painted inspiration @tessnewallstudio or visit her website www.tessnewall.com

What do you do for work?

I design and hand-paint decorative murals and furniture. It can be pretty full-on; it involves driving across the country with a van full of paints and ladders, having my neck tilted all day painting a ceiling, and then doing it all again! Every day is different though. I love the research that goes into each project and the feeling of a vision coming to life. I am also developing a range of hand painted homeware products, including wallpapers, borders, lamps, and lampshades. The idea is that people can achieve the character and joy of having hand painted objects in their homes without commissioning a big mural. I love the idea of bringing art into the house by adding useful decorative objects. It makes everyday life feel creative and inspiring, which is how I think it should feel.

What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?

A raspberry beret from a second-hand shop. I bought it because of the Prince song, and I wear it a lot!

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Children wearing Cotton Stripe Dress, Liberty Print Organic Cotton Dress & Cashmere Breton Jumper
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How important are sustainability and transparency to you? How does it affect where you buy your clothes and how you live your life?

They are both very important to me. Most of the clothes I buy are second-hand, and our children live in things that Alfred and I both wore when we were children. They have also all used the Dutch wicker bicycle seat, which my mother-in-law found in a charity shop in Northumberland when he was a baby. It is attached behind my own bicycle seat, and my children always want to clamber in and bump along the track! I love the stories that pieces of clothing and objects take on.

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How would you describe your style?

Scruffy period drama! I love clothes made from hardwearing natural fibres that are also practical for living and working in. My priority is always comfort, but I do love a frilly collar and puffy sleeves.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

The V&A Museum. I could happily spend a day on my own wandering around the different floors or nestled in the archives. It is a decorative arts heaven. I also find nature endlessly inspiring - the curl of a fern frond or the pink of a mushroom in the woods. Going for a walk and taking the time to really look at what’s there always makes me feel better about things.

What are you looking forward to in your life now?

Finishing the decoration of our own house. It is a very slow process, especially when our jobs mean that we are always decorating other peoples’ houses... “the cobbler’s shoes always have holes!”

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What is your favourite Brora piece?

The green Stripe Cotton Linen Blouse. I love the puff sleeves and square neckline.

Where in the world is your favourite place to be? Where do you feel happiest?

The west coast of Scotland, swimming in the sea and camping in the hills. I grew up in Scotland, and it will always have my heart.

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Tess is a decorative artist known for her joyful hand painted murals, furniture, and wallpapers. She works with leading interior designers, and her recognisable style transforms spaces into magical wonderlands, be it a medieval patterned ceiling or a trellis of wild roses. She lives in bucolic East Sussex with her husband, Alfred Newall, who makes furniture, and their three children, Wilf, Romy and Alma.

Follow Tess on Instagram for hand painted inspiration @tessnewallstudio or visit her website www.tessnewall.com

Shop Silk Circle Motif Shirt Dress
Children wearing Cotton Stripe Dress, Liberty Print Organic Cotton Dress & Cashmere Breton Jumper

What do you do for work?

I design and hand-paint decorative murals and furniture. It can be pretty full-on; it involves driving across the country with a van full of paints and ladders, having my neck tilted all day painting a ceiling, and then doing it all again! Every day is different though. I love the research that goes into each project and the feeling of a vision coming to life. I am also developing a range of hand painted homeware products, including wallpapers, borders, lamps, and lampshades. The idea is that people can achieve the character and joy of having hand painted objects in their homes without commissioning a big mural. I love the idea of bringing art into the house by adding useful decorative objects. It makes everyday life feel creative and inspiring, which is how I think it should feel.

What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?

A raspberry beret from a second-hand shop. I bought it because of the Prince song, and I wear it a lot!

Shop Linen Utility Jacket

How important are sustainability and transparency to you? How does it affect where you buy your clothes and how you live your life?

They are both very important to me. Most of the clothes I buy are second-hand, and our children live in things that Alfred and I both wore when we were children. They have also all used the Dutch wicker bicycle seat, which my mother-in-law found in a charity shop in Northumberland when he was a baby. It is attached behind my own bicycle seat, and my children always want to clamber in and bump along the track! I love the stories that pieces of clothing and objects take on.

Shop Silk Cotton Rice Print Blouse
Shop Wool Colour Block Fair Isle

How would you describe your style?

Scruffy period drama! I love clothes made from hardwearing natural fibres that are also practical for living and working in. My priority is always comfort, but I do love a frilly collar and puffy sleeves.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

The V&A Museum. I could happily spend a day on my own wandering around the different floors or nestled in the archives. It is a decorative arts heaven. I also find nature endlessly inspiring - the curl of a fern frond or the pink of a mushroom in the woods. Going for a walk and taking the time to really look at what’s there always makes me feel better about things.

What are you looking forward to in your life now?

Finishing the decoration of our own house. It is a very slow process, especially when our jobs mean that we are always decorating other peoples’ houses... “the cobbler’s shoes always have holes!”

Shop Apple Stripe Cotton Blouse

What is your favourite Brora piece?

The green Stripe Cotton Linen Blouse. I love the puff sleeves and square neckline.

Where in the world is your favourite place to be? Where do you feel happiest?

The west coast of Scotland, swimming in the sea and camping in the hills. I grew up in Scotland, and it will always have my heart.