Friday, November 25, 2011

MARKit at Fed Square

MARKit is on again this Sunday at Fed Square! Teegs and I will be there as usual, spruiking our wares and taking turns to sneak away from the stall so we can catch up with fellow stallholders and friends :)

We're gunna have some new xmas-present-worthy kits and also my new Leuca print will be making it's debut (can I have another word? I don't like that one) which is pretty exciting.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Looking up

the ceiling of manysquaremetres, our studio neighbours

So things are looking up, since my post about a month ago. I'm still in the midst of a big transition phase in my life but I'm feeling positive about the future, there's brightness ahead. I'm also about to move house (again, I know) to North Fitzroy, which I'm pretty excited about as I've never lived in the North before. And I'll be able to ride my bike to work again which will be nice.

Here's to making lemonade from lemons.


Wednesday, November 09, 2011


New things that are keeping me smiling...

'Leuca' on screen and ready to print

Gorgeous custom colourway (Large Birch in Olive on Hemp/Yak)
for a local customer's curtains


Tuesday, November 08, 2011


A sneak peek at a couple of new kits we're launching in the next few weeks. Out of my head and into reality, finally. Loving the abundance of colour.

Thanks to Manysquaremetres for the location!

P.S. - thank you all for the new print love! Glad you like it :)

Saturday, November 05, 2011


It's strange how sometimes when one part of your life starts to crumble you finally find the time and motivation to fix other things that aren't right. Or maybe it just requires the luxury of a long weekend...

Whatever the cause, I am so, so, SO happy to have found some design mojo again and finally conquered my latest print. Sometimes it can be quite a battle, turning an idea from my mind into a reality. I knew I wanted to do another botanical print, I knew I wanted it to be quite detailed, and I knew I wanted the subject matter to be something from the Proteaceae family.

So I did lots of research, bought lots of books, brought home lots of specimens...


I drew a lot, experimented with shading and form, got frustrated, dilly dallied, changed tack a few times....


And finally decided upon the gorgeous Leucadendron as my subject matter...


So I drew some more, scanned, edited, arranged and rearranged, layered, measured...

And "Leuca" finally came to life.

"Leuca" - textile design for meterage

"Leuca" - textile design for meterage

Sure, that process was probably more drawn out than it needed to be. Sure, once upon a time I had the luxury of time and head space to design new things every week. Sure, I could have busted out 10 new prints over the last year if I'd really wanted to. But that process no longer fits with my ethos. These days I want to design prints that I'm exceptionally proud of, that are versatile and have inherent longevity. It's tricky to do all those things within the constraints of hand printed meterage. But extra rewarding in the end when it comes together :)

Looking forward to printing this just in time for xmas!

xx Lara.