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.


  1. States of Nature wrote: 'Hi Gaby, Thank you that's a lovely post! ...Take care, Simone.'

  2. 4 leaf clover wrote: 'Hi Gaby, thank you for your lovely feature on your blog post - I was thrilled to read it... It's also wonderful to see that there are more & more of us creatives out there doing our thing... and gaining inspiration & courage from one another... Cheers,

  3. Paluma Print wrote: 'Hi Gaby, Another lovely blog post - thanks for including me. By chance I just made that print into a shoulderbag today. I'll be posting a photo on my blog soon. That's a lovely one you have in your garden... and more designers for me to follow up - new to me some of them. I look forward to seeing your interpretation of the Grevillea soon! Have a productive week. Cheers, Helen'

  4. Laughing Bird wrote: 'Oh thanks so much, that's very good of you... It's just great to be able to print. I love it! All the very best and happy printing! Freedom.'