tinker's nadia husiak

I first found the team behind Tinker by Printink Studio about this time last year at the Life In Style trade show. I was doing one last mad dash around the venue when I discovered, tucked down the back, an eyecatching little stall. It had cushions and throws and ottomans in a variety of new and original prints. Since then the company has been used by myself and countless other stylists. It's a small-ish company but doing great, original designs, and making them all out of Melbourne. Meet one of the founders, Nadia Husiak.

The photos of the studio where taken by photographer Paul Barbera for his Where They Create project, which is being turned into a book.

Which five words best describe you? Always up for a laugh.

How did you get your career started and what path have you taken since? I have always had a tactile and design interest and it through this that I decided to study textile design at RMIT. Apart from being in an environment of a creative institution I was also fortunate enough meet my future business partners, Lisa and Jason. After graduating I worked in the textile industry focusing on hand printed textiles, both freelancing and in like businesses. In 2005 Lisa, Jason and myself decided to combine our skills and create a textile design and print studio. Printink Studio opened its doors and is a business that creates and prints fabrics for leading Australian designers in fashion and homewares. To complement our successful printing and design services, in 2008 we launched Tinker by Printink Studio with a focus innovative designs and hand printed textiles on children's wear, home furnishings and wallpaper.

What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? To always believe in what you do and trust your instincts.

What's your proudest career achievement? Been able to start our own label Tinker by Printink Studio after three successful years with our business.

What's been your best decision? Taking the courage to start our own business and more importantly letting it grow organically in the early years to now. Where we can start focusing on creating the business direction we want.

Who inspires you? A lot of people inspire me there are so many creative and motivated individuals. Some of my favourites are Mary Queen of Shops, Paul Bennett, Ideo company and Jonathan Adler.

What are you passionate about? Print and pattern... cant get enough of it but I also love to cook.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Sonia Delaunay - she was such a fabulous artist who worked with amazing colours and geometrics. Her life was so full and she achieved so much, especially for the times she lived in.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? Achieving the perfect balance between life and work and, of course, a another huge trip to Japan.

What are you reading? Unfortunately, I don't get much of a chance to read novels at the moment, but I'm constantly reading articles and flipping through local and international magazines. Plus now with the blog world, I am on my favourite blogs from all over the world daily.

images courtesy of tinker by printink studio paul barbera and where they create