Michael English and Nigel Waymouth set up the design collaborative Hapshash and the Coloured Coat in the sixties. The pair met in 1966 after Waymouth had opened a shop, Granny takes a Trip, on the King’s Road, Chelsea for which English had painted the shop front.
The artists developed silk screening techniques that merged two or three colours when the squeegee was pulled across the screen and amalgamated these colours with gold, silver and fluorescent colour.
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat explored new design elements of complicated psychedelic colours and convoluted middle eastern pattern. The subject matter was influenced by Pop, Sex and Drugs, although Hapshash were mainly concerned with Op-Art and three dimensional effects.