textile designer bec duff

Bec and Cameron Duff are partners in work and life. They have worked in various fields, from film-making to printing, but the project they are most passionate about is Kambamboo, a textile design business they have recently founded. The company is based in the region of the couple's home - Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast. They use local craftspeople as much as possible and, consequently, are able to keep a close eye on production standards. While they don't claim to produce a completely organic range, they always consider the environment in their choices.

Which five words best describe you? Curious, honest, emotional, joyful, driven.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? Lots of research, endless family support and a giant leap of faith helped me to launch into the world of Kambamboo. It also helps having an amazingly creative business partner who happens to be your husband. Cameron and I have studied and worked in several creative and non-creative industries including printing, filmmaking, events and online business. We draw from our mix of experiences constantly.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Trust your intuition and don’t sweat the small stuff.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Jumping in deep and making the dream of Kambamboo a reality.

What’s been your best decision? Keeping things local! We’re lucky to live and work in a very creative community. I love working with such a passionate bunch of people and cherish the friendships we have.

Who inspires you? Anyone who isn’t scared to make mistakes. Also my parents, they are brave and optimistic.

What are you passionate about? Ink and fabric, paintings by Mark Rothko, the ocean, honesty, baking the world's best scones, talking for hours on the phone with people I love, English breakfast tea and, most of all, Cameron, the love of my life.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? It has to be Mark Rothko - his paintings really do something to me. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of his works overseas and it feels like time stops when I’m in the room with his work.

What dream do you still want to fulfill? I would love to create a series of giant artworks. I would love to be fluent in French. I would love to publish a book of family recipes.

What are you reading? Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel. I’m finding it really inspiring, the photography is beautiful and there are endless ideas for simple living as well as some great classic recipes.

images courtesy of kambamboo