Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The big reveal



The time has finally come. I’ve been alluding to this for months, and have been busting to talk about it ...and now I finally can.

Say hello to Ink & Spindle - our new yardage screen printing business to-be :)

Yep, we’re ‘insourcing’. For months now, Bianca, myself and fellow artsy chick Tegan Rose have been planning this. Bringing the screen printing of our fabrics in house, having more control, more flexibility. And also ... offering it as a service :)

So for all those people out there who have always wanted to print their own fabric but don’t know where to go... we’ll be able to do it for you. We’re still a while away from being up and running, and will need some time to perfect the process – but our aim is to cater to anyone who’s interested in having their own designs printed onto textiles, not just those who are ‘in the know’ and have managed to uncover the few yardage printers around.

We also plan to have a strong customer service focus, and great web based facilities that make the process much easier.

Last Monday we got the keys to our new studio space which marks the true beginning, and a sign that we can start sharing the journey.

The space we’ve secured is beautiful - set inside the old Younghusband wool store building in Kensington. Most people would have seen it from the railway line or CityLink, an unmissable, massive building with old warehouse lettering along the side.

We’re in the process of doing up the space now, visit our blog to see some of the progress shots :)



Excitement abounds :)

75 comments:

Ruzana said...

Oooh..how exciting! Congratulations!

ohwhatlarks said...

Oh that's wonderful!

I can't wait to see what you produce. I'll keep a very keen eye on your blog...I'm going there now..

And what a beautiful space you've got!

: Kate :

Lexy said...

Oh wow. What a dream :)

And hey... I'll be going to Launceston soon (November) - so I hope to find Cocoon so I can do a bit of shopping!! I'll SO need a break by then!

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow how exciting!
I would love to design something and then have it screenprinted... what a cool business idea.
Best of luck with the set up in that fantastic space.

edward and lilly said...

That is so exciting, congratulations! Can't wait to see some of the fabric that comes out of that space!

Suki said...

oh my god!!!!!!!!!!
congulations!!!
can't wait to see your success! finger crossed!

Melanie said...

Oooh, very exciting. Can't wait to watch Ink & Spindle grow. Congratulations on a *great* project.

Heather Moore said...

Oh my gosh, that is so exciting! Wowee, what a brilliant new venture for you. Well done!

jenny said...

so wonderful! exciting news! I look forward to seeing what you create... and I have a few fabric ideas and was just thinking I should ask you how to start printing them! Hurrah for you all!

Jodie said...

No way !
That is the most exciting thing in blogland since ...ever !

Tamara said...

A very big Congratulations. What a wonderful acheivement it will be.

Your space is great. I can just imagine it all set up.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Lara - along with everyone else, I can't wait to see what unfolds (excuse the pun).

Kerry

alice said...

How cool! Goodluck on your new adventure.

alexandra said...

Wow, that's exciting - can't wait to see more of this adventure, and the studio looks beautiful.. What a great space to work in!

Anna Laura said...

I think I know that building from going there for wool sales with Dad. I think it is the one the man fell through the floor but survived because he landed on a wool bale back in the early 90s!

Jhoanna said...

Yipee, yipee, yipee!!! I'm so excited for you, Bianca and Tegan! And also excited for the service you're going to offer - to have the opportunity to get designs printed locally - super-fantastic! And yay, your wonderful new studio is just around the corner from where I live :-)

Cicada Studio said...

So exciting! Where do I sign up? I'm hoping shipping to the US will be on the agenda!! Congrats to you!!!

Leni and Rose said...

Thats very exciting news! And what a great space to start the new venture in. Looking forward to seeing it all unfold!!

Billy said...

Congratulations! Lovely space, great idea, I wish I was closer to your shop so that using your printing services was actually a sustainable thing. I hope someone feels inspired by your idea and opens one nearby!

Congrats again!!

leslie said...

okay. this is the best news i have heard in awhile. super exciting. i am happy that you have found something else that you love to do!

Hyena In Petticoats said...

OH MY GOD!

That is the most exciting news ever. Count me in as being one of your future customers - I was even going to send you an email today asking some questions about the printing process..... (which I will still do, by the way!)

The space looks gorgeous, and the idea is one that people are crying out for - I am SO IMPRESSED. Well done.

Can't wait to come over to Melbs and check it out.....

Leah xxxx

Melissa said...

AMAZING! Congratulations!

rifferaff said...

W-O-W
Are you doing the printing yourself?!?!
I'm so excited for you and looking forward to hearing much more.
I'm adding your new blog to my Google Reader so I don't miss a single update.

Kelly said...

congratulations on your dreams coming true.

xo
kelly

ibabe said...

Congratulations, both do a great job and find you two in the same project is something I am sure will go great.

The space looks great, really...hoping to everything goes ok

Pity it is quite difficult and expensive to buy your work from where i live, in the north of spain...

And if sometime need something from europe or some "dfferent" inspiration, say and will have lots of photos from here.

Ibabe

Jason said...

That is great news! I know your business will be a success so I don't need to say good luck!

ismoyo said...

Wow. That is an amazing space and such an exciting business venture! Make it a big success!

daisy janie said...

That is completely, wonderfully awesome!!!! Best wishes for a smooth set-up and start!!!

Patricia said...

Wow! How exciting! Congratulations. Your space looks wonderful.

Victoria E said...

What amazing news - that is great! Congrats!

sarah: paper + stitch said...

Oh how very exciting!! I can't wait to see how things progress. Congratulations and much success!!

monda-loves said...

oh my, that is exciting news indeed. Well done girls - and yes, you can definitely count on me for some custom (if you'll ship to the UK).

Monda
x

floresole said...

Congratulations !!!

Wendy said...

Crazy exciting! You guys make me wish I lived in Australia :)

lusummers said...

i'm so excited for you,i'm practically speechless...why oh why don't you live in the uk? (probably cos of the rain i s'ppose ;) the very, very best of luck to you. fantastic news xxx

Sew Bettie said...

Congrats! I am crossing my fingers that you'll ship to the States.

.girl ferment. said...

wow this is truly exciting.
good luck, maybe one day i will be using your service.
xx

katiecrackernuts said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news. Congratulations on realising your dream. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

lindsey clare said...

yay! that is such great news. i was so excited about the ide aof Spoonflower but never proceeded with any orders because of the international shipping dealio. i think i'd much rather do business with local gals :)

Sarah said...

Congratulations!!!! How amazing. Can't wait to see what comes out of it all :)

Fer said...

Yay for you all!! So wonderful and exciting, I wish you every success!

:o)

Jenn said...

That is amazing! I've been following your blog for some time now and just love your work.

I'd love to have some textiles printed by you one day, when I actually have time to create all those nagging designs inside my head.

Best of luck to you! The new logo is lovely, BTW.

goddessjodi said...

LARA - you've been in my head....OMG, I've been doodling in my sketchbook and phaffing about wanting to print my own fabric but not sure where to start - you're a dream come true - I LOVE it!!!!
Congratulations!
jxx

cristy said...

Oh wow how exciting. Congratulations!

ShiriMe! said...

wow! congrats! that must've been incredibly difficult to keep to yourself. i am soooo happy for you all. i cannot wait to see the studio "all done up" and to see the new fabrics that will result from this collaboration.

i must say, you've grown incredibly in the last few years of working for yourself. great job!

s

Like Butter said...

soo freakin good! i'll be enviously peaking from a few blocks away. J

Leslie said...

OH MY...what wonderful news. Fantastic...can't wait to hear all about it an see how you get on.

Fab studio space too...oh and did I say SOOOOO jealous! ;-)

Do Yeah Media said...

huge freakin congrats! keep us posted!

Yuko said...

wow!
this is so exciting!
congratulations!!!

Wendy said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing what you produce.

Kristine said...

Yay! I'm so excited. For you and for us. That space looks incredible - a great space to spend your time.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! How very exciting. :)

I also happened upon this site, Black Bags (http://www.leslieannblack.com/), who made a bag with what I think is your Gingko fabric (see a photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leslieannblack/2580914466/in/set-72157603507131039/). Very nice! :)

stephanie levy said...

This looks very exciting! Congratulations - wow!

mizu designs said...

Wonderful news Lara! I've been thinking for months 'why don't we have a version of what spoonflower does in australia?', and now we do! Wooohooo!

Emma said...

What a wonderful space, I can't wait to see what comes out of there.

Congratulations and good luck!

bkhdesign said...

As I am a fellow textile designer I know it can be hard to find good printers in Australia.

I wish you all the best!
Bettina
bkhdesign

Anonymous said...

Hi Lara -

Will you be printing for people in U.S.? It is such a great idea!

tiel said...

i think that you have really got a winner here. Can't wait to see how it all goes and I'm keen to be a customer!...when you are ready of course.

Danielle said...

So exciting! And the studio space looks awesome...
Have fun :-)

Beth J said...

Oh wow... how exciting!! Such a brilliant idea, congratulations. Looking forward to seeing how it unfolds :D

Tali said...

wow - exciting times! You're really providing a great niche service here!! Good luck!

Jenaveve said...

Wow guys - that's fantastic. What a great idea!! I love that you've highlighted the customer service side of it (so important and oh-so missing from just about everywhere), and the ability for us Avg-Jane's to come in and have something screenprinted.

Congrats and best wishes at the same time!! Hope the new diggs come up trumps!

threadsforevie said...

That is great! I love the name too.
Congrats - what a big and exciting step!

Rachel said...

I just discovered your blog/website/store. Wow! I love your stuff. I'm very inspired. I'm impressed with your little business. I look forward to seeing more of it.

Catherine said...

This looks fantastic! Congratulations!!

I'm sure it will be a great success. x

Anonymous said...

holy bananas - that is big time super fantastic news. i hope i'll be able to be a customer! yes! AND your studio looks amazingly spacious - just perfect. LOVE GEMMMA JONES

Amy@remakeables said...

YAY!!! I can't scream it enough dear Lara! I am so excited (and you so know why!)

big hugs + lots of love.
Amy

Anna said...

Congratulations and best wishes for your new venture- I;ll have to keep an eye on it!

Kirsty said...

Congratulations - such big exciting news.

diana said...

Yay girls. Count me in on being one of your first customers.

Sarah and Jon said...

How wonderful and exciting! The studio space looks brilliant!

Little Bitsys said...

Oh my, how amazingly wonderful Lara and Bianca! I am so excited for you!!! I hope to be a customer some day. CONGRATULATIONS!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That is such exciting news! I can't wait until you're up and running, I know I'll certainly be a customer!

Anonymous said...

fantastic news we are in New Zealand and trying to find a reliable supply of good fabric for our company is a night mare but only one person prints here and the price is through the roof... looking forward to seeing what you can offer :)

13mimosa said...

That really is exciting for you all and for me, who would like to try something myself! Can't wait for updates - enjoy!