Sunday, 30 October 2011

Inspiration from the garden

I just updated my garden blog with a bunch of images from my back garden, like the one above. Isn't the Grevillea a beautiful Australian native! Of course I'm seeing possibilities here for a textile design and even a new Greeting Card design.

As with most design ideas, before I even start I check out to see if something has been done on the subject matter before, to make sure there are no similarities but more often than not each designer has their own style which keeps our designs unique.

Here are some beautiful examples I found of Grevilleas from Australian textile designers:

Image courtesy 4 leaf clover website.
Above:  4 leaf clover is the small design studio of Fiona Budzynski. It is based in Sydney and produces contemporary, handcrafted homewares with a modern Australian sensibility. Visit the website to read more about the business and where you can also catch up with the blog and shop online.

Image courtesy of Paluma Print etsy shop.
Above: This lovely Grevilla tea towel is the work of Helen King. Her small hand screen printed textiles studio, Paluma Print, is located on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula in Queensland, a stone's throw from Moreton Bay. To find out more you can catch up with the blog or visit her Etsy store and Madeit store.

Image courtesy Laughing Bird website.
Above: In the Blue Mountains, Freedom Wilson's Laughing Bird screen print studio 'is all about illustrations and prints translating a love of Australia's natural environment onto original, fun, contemporary screen printed homewares.' To find out more visit the website where you can view the catalogue and shop online.

Image courtesy States of Nature blog.
Above: ... and on my doorstep just about... this Grevillea canvas print is the work of Newcastle-based designer Simone Madigan who runs States of Nature, a specialist printmaking studio. To find out more about the business head on over to the blog where you can also find a link to shop online.

As for me, it will probably be a while before I do anything with the Grevillea photo from my back yard but the seed has been planted and no doubt will evolve into a textile design one day in the not-too-distant future.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Eco Fabric Storage Baskets

I've finally been able to push ahead in the production room and get a bunch of stuff made for an upcoming market (will share details later) and have just stocked my online stores with more wine carriers and my NEW eco fabric storage baskets - yay!

stilelemente Eco Fabric Storage Basket 'wattle bird'
I've been wanting to make these for a while and am really happy with the results. They are fully lined with natural seeded unbleached calico which has iron-on interfacing for stiffness and although it is self-adhesive I have stitched it in place as well for extra stability. The baskets are cylindrical and measure approximately 20cmH x 16cmW.

Great for Christmas gifts or to fill up with little Christmas gifts to make a lovely hamper... there's plenty of designs to choose from and you can buy them here and here... and you'll find the wine carriers there too which also make great gifts!

... and, as I know I'm not the first to make fabric storage baskets, I would like to share the spotlight with some other great Australian designers:

Above: Ink & Spindle (image courtesy of Ink & Spindle blog)
Above: Memi Designs (image courtesy of Memi website)
Above: Paluma Print (image courtesy of Paluma Print blog)
Above: Yardage Design (image courtesy of Yardage Design blog)
Lot's of creative goodness and they all complement each other wonderfully so if you're hard pressed to make a decision support handmade and buy them all!

As for me... it's back to the production room with more items still to come, so stay tuned...