Debbie Mckeegan

Award winning British designer Debbie Mckeegan developed an early love of print from her creative parents. Summer holidays spent watching them work instilled an appreciation of design and print, alongside a strong work ethic. 

“Sun bleached flowers, crumbling ceramics, dusty painted tiles, delicate ornamental motifs, vintage documents and tromp l'oeil surface effects happily coordinate to create her beguiling collections…..” 

"Your home is your unique space, be creative and create a happy home" - Debbie Mc

Debra was born in Manchester. A pioneering creative who embraced CAD in the nineties and is now a renown, international designer and digital print pioneer.

Her collections are printed in Manchester, at the Digetex factory she co-founded with her partner. Providing specialist Bespoke digital manufacture for Contract and Trade clients.

Her passion for design, printed textiles and tactile wallcoverings is apparent throughout her now extensive portfolio of designs sold worldwide. Debbie creates patterns for both residential and contract clients offering exceptional creativity and a refreshing alternative to mass production. Maximising all the benefits of digital innovation, constantly pushing at the boundaries of design in her work both as a commercial designer and Creative Director of the Digetex Group. Utilising digital technology, thus freeing the designer from shackles of mass production.

Her digital journey began almost 20 years ago, pre-photoshop, and pre-digital print whilst working as a designer in conventional manufacturing thus giving her a vast knowledge of traditional textiles from both a design and production perspective. Embracing CAD at its onset, and moving into the world of digital print, her experience in textiles and wallpaper blended towards digital as the technology naturally evolved to be key part of commercial design. Initially using the technology for pre-production sampling before digital production machines were available.

With her partner she founded Digetex in 2004. 

The award winning Digetex Group specialise in all things digitally printed, for both Textiles and Wallpapers, serving multiple industries. Carving a niche in customised bespoke print, design and product manufacture. Digetex now serve clients worldwide. 

Fashion | Interior Furnishings | Homeware | Designer-Makers |  Retail chain stores and Independents | Designers | Specifiers| Architects | Contract clients | Blue chip companies or simply B2B.

 

As a digital pioneer working alongside her peers Debbie has developed many new digital production practices. She also continues to create her own design collections having developed multiple brands and design ranges for clients worldwide. As a creative Debbie has embraced the creative freedom offered with the advance of new technology and looks forward to sharing her knowledge to educate the next generation.

Digetex have a purpose built UK factory offering print, studio, pre-press, production, finishing, hemming, product design and customised print alongside manufacture.

Recent awards include:

 

Winner Northern Design awards 2012

Finalist Northern Design Awards 2015

Finalist Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2015

As a new board member of FESPA_UK she brings a design perspective. Working alongside her peers to facilitate new technology and community growth. Encouraging creative practice in the marketplace, stimulating an exciting educational environment to generate new opportunities for the next generation of creatives.