About our FAbric
The fabric designs are available per metre (each roll is 1500mm wide) and is hand screened on 100% cotton poplin in a small print studio in Petersham. They can be cold washed and line dried or dry cleaned. Each design can also be customised to a particular colour for small runs of 10 metres. We are also able to traditionally print or digitally print or a range of fabric from linen to silk.
Our fabric has been made into lampshades, duvet covers, curtains, table clothes and cushions for various clients.
THE STORY BEHIND THE ORIGINAL LINO CUTS USED TO CREATE OUR 8 FABRIC DESIGNS
THE GUM NUTTY Story
The original lino cut featuring grey gum leaves and nuts was created whilst I was living in Philadelphia in 1988. For an Australian girl like me, who loved the balmy Australian climate, winter in Philadelphia was very hard to endure - icy winds whistling through our apartment windows and salty snow churned up in the city streets ... I felt so far from home and longed for the wild abandon of a gum tree or an afternoon sea breeze in summer ...It was in this state of mind that I discovered, to my delight, a small bunch of gum branches for sale in Reading Terminal Market.The distinctive ghostly grey gum nuts and thick foliage seemed so much at odds with the violet coloured tissue paper the flower seller had wrapped them in.
The Laxmi Story
The simple patterns within this lino cut repeat and magnify from the centre outwards, abstract layers of flowers and leaves, symbolising abundance. This pattern has been created in celebration of the Hindu goddess of wealth and fortune, Lakshmi.
The linocut used in this fabric is inspired by the richly decorated panels and pillars from a wooden Nepalese Pavilion painstakingly carved for Expo in Brisbane by my Nepalese sister-in-law Laxmi. She began woodcarving in Nepal when she was 13 years old and travelled the world demonstrating her skill.
The fabric is designed to emulate a rich blend of Indian and Asian influences - each square connecting together - to build an atmosphere which is warm and inviting.
THE Poinsettia STORY
Poinsettias are native to Mexico. ‘The Aztecs called them ‘Cuetlayochitl’. The Aztec king, Montezuma was reported to have brought them in by caravan to Mexico City because they were unable to grow in the high altitude.’Poinsettias have always fascinated me with their crazy, sliced, iridescent red leaves, full fat green leaves and yellow stamens hovering antenna-like at the centre - all assembled collage-fashion in a moving mass of bush. They always make me smile - bringing back memories of pasting flowers in craft activities with coloured paper and glue.In the original lino cut I have tried to capture a shimmering sense of the plant’s energy - a blend of water, sun and nutrients, the miracle of photosynthesis.The fabric inverts as it repeats creating a delicate spray of movement and petals. Equally at home traditional English interior styling or the easy relaxed living of a summer house.
THE FAMILY TREE Story
This lino cut features the fronds of a Queensland pine tree and an Australian silky oak. The branches are suspended in a swirl of sea breeze symbolising their playful journey over time.There are some trees that you ‘grow up with’ and these are mine. Both these trees hold a strong place in my Australian childhood memories-the pine trees standing in rows like sentries along the beach front as I swam in the surf every holiday and the silky oak trees filled with lorikeets attracted by their yellow brush like flowers. Both trees are found in the Gold Coast hinterland.In the manner of the Patrick White novel ‘A Tree of Man’, these trees have also come to symbolise people - the pine tree, my grandmother and the silky oak, my grandfather.The title of the fabric is also a call to feel connected to our natural world, to care for it as if it is an extended family, a rich heritage worth protecting
THE TEMPLE Story
The woven pattern of the original lino cut for Temple fabric is reminiscent of intricately carved wooden Chinese screens. It is, however, actually inspired by an old engraving of the ceiling structure of the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford University, England, which was designed by Christopher Wren.I t is said that when Wren embarked on the implementation of his ideas for the new theatre, he was faced with a difficult engineering problem.A closed structure, without Gothic vaulting or columns and a 70 foot span of the ceiling meant that he needed a novel solution. For this he turned to John Wallis, Savilian Professor of Geometry.Wallis had been experimenting and lecturing on the subject of “geometrical flat floors” for some years.In this, a matrix of overlapping and interlocking timbers he was able to provide a load bearing structure over spans of many times the length of the individual trusses. He demonstrated the concept with a small-scale model in this college in the 1650s. The idea was still being promulgated when Wren identified his needs in 1663. Wren adapted his ideas to produce this intriguing structure”. The pattern was also a gift in honour of the late Diana Temple an associate Professor of Pharmacology and Sydney University who pioneered the establishment of wisenet, to support and encourage women in science. She was a dear friend and an inspirational woman.
THE BANKSIO Story
There is a transitional period in decorative art between the art deco movement and the onset of modernism. In Paris, this was embodied in the work of Eileen Gray whose geometric lacquered screens and furniture displayed a more economic design language.
This lino cut embodies some of these design influences - the background crisscross pattern reminiscent of Escher’s interwoven illustrations, the falling Australian banksia leaf echoing the beauty and symmetry of the natural world.
Strong tribal influences have been blended into the background lines to create a fabric which can be easily adapted to screen panels, blinds, cushions or lamp shades.It’s about rhythm, a primal design beat, strong and earthy, lending this fabric to tropical, tribal, modern or art deco interior styles.
THE WEAVE Story
This fabric was created using a small piece of the ‘Gum Nutty’ lino cut, which was repeated and inverted over and over again to achieve this distinctive woven pattern - clean organic lines with subtle undulations of light and dark, creating a electronic wave-like ripple.
It is, however, more personally inspired by a beach house my grandfather built after the war in Queensland in the early 1950’s with rooms full of filtered light through venetian blinds, natural hoop pine wall panels, low slung armchairs and a classic pink, yellow and blue kitchen.
The GYRO Story
Inspired by Léon Foucaults’ 1851 invention, this fabric celebrates the hypnotic spin of the gyroscope. It is said that after assembling the gyroscope Foucault and his assistant spent 2 hours playing with it, declaring “I enjoyed myself very much that winters day”. Designed to prove the rotation of the earth, the gyroscope, which Foucault referred to as ‘his little isolated star’, spins on its axis with an air of effortless elegance.
As I sit in my treetop house watching the watery horizon of the Pacific Ocean off in the distance, with the little brass gyroscope whirring in front of me, I think of the earth spinning silently in space and me sitting very quietly on it.