The Hermitage collection was created when I was asked to look at some very old wallpaper found in a large house called The Hermitage on the banks of the river Tyne. Nothing had changed in the house for 100 years as it had been rented out to the same family. When the family died out the original owner wanted to sell the house but wanted a memory of the Hermitage birds wallpaper in one of the bedrooms. I attempted to create a useable version of this paper, the original paper was created in panels and the pattern repeat was 2m x 2m. I created my own representation and the collection was born.