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Boulderite Edie Ure has a creative streak that just can’t be tamed. After leaving a New York–based career in fashion, she designed a naturally dyed velvet and started a line of popular throw pillows (available at Hygge & West). Then the pandemic hit. “I had the idea to make wallpapers using flowers and naturally foraged things because, working as a natural textile dyer, I saw patterns and colors that I thought would be lovely on the wall,” says the British-born designer. “While everyone else was perfecting sourdough, I started to design a wallpaper line.” The wallcoverings are available locally at WallTawk and through Ure’s website. We chatted with the designer about letting nature guide her creative impulses.
5280 Home: You created your wallpapers using natural things foraged (responsibly) in the West: foothills wildflowers, dirt from trails, garden-grown indigo.
Edie Ure: You don’t have to be a wildflower-chaser to find an abundance of incredible flowers and grasses in your local ecosystem. I hike around Indian Peaks Wilderness and the foothills near Boulder year-round, and many of my flowers come from there. I usually take a flower press with me—or put [the blooms] in a map book in the car if I forget it.
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What is it about a color palette sourced from nature that’s so universally appealing?
Colors derived from the natural world are powerful because they harness the pleasure we feel from being in a garden or forest or looking at the blue sky—which encourages us to feel balanced. There is color and energy running through all things. The artist Andy Goldsworthy talked about how the iron that makes rocks red is the same iron that makes our blood red.
How has living in Colorado shifted your design aesthetic?
For much of my life I lived in cities and always loved the noise and buzz of humans. But since being here, hiking alone and gardening has forced me to engage all my senses. Observing how natural materials like mud, ash, weeds, and flowers are ephemeral, I decided to capture the essence of them—creating patterns with the tempo and spirituality of nature.