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TEXTILE DESIGNER PATRICIA BRAUNE







Working as a textile and surface designer seemed like a natural progression for Patricia Braune. The Sydney-based graphic designer has always engaged in drawing and painting during her free time over the past 20 years. “I felt that I wanted to combine the two disciplines into a more fulfilling career,” Patricia says. “Textile and surface design was the perfect combination to produce commercially...

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DESIGNER CHRISTINE MCDONALD






“It’s always interesting to see people’s reaction when you say you design rugs,” says Christine McDonald. “It’s just not a career that is heard of, but once you tell people who or where you design rugs for – they’ll find themselves kicking up the corner of a rug to see if it was designed by Designer Rugs.” Christine has been with the Australian company for 14 years and has collaborated on many of...

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TEXTILE DESIGNER CAROLINA LOPEZ CRUZ






It wasn’t until Carolina Lopez Cruz learnt what possibilities were open to her that she really found her creative path. She had grown up in Cali, Colombia and only thought you could go to university to study subjects such as medicine or business. However, on learning about fashion design, she not only decided to enrol, but chose the well-known Istituto Marangoniin Milan, Italy. “After I got there...

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TIMOROUS BEASTIES DESIGNERS ALISTAIR MCAULEY AND PAUL SIMMONS







It was a Glasgow Toile wallpaper that put Timorous Beasties on the world map in 2004. But the Scottish-based design studio by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons had been going for 14 years by then. “We remember years ago when we went to Vogue to meet with the late Isabella Blow, who loved the work, and at that point we thought we had made it - how wrong we were: that was in 1996!” they say. But...

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DESIGNERS SOPHIE TATLOW + BRUCE SLORACH







“Careers and businesses are like a games of Snakes and Ladders,” says Sophie Tatlow of Utopia Goods. “They go up and down, you win some projects and lose others.” With the textile design business that she created in 2012 with partner Bruce Slorach, it wasn’t until they started receiving phone calls from private clients ordering fabric for interior schemes that the business gained a real momentum....

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TEXTILE ARTIST MISTER FINCH







Mister Finch had almost always been able to sew but one day about seven years ago he felt it was the right time and he was in the right place to start working with textiles. “Something just clicked,” says the UK textile artist. “It felt wonderful. There was also a kind of relief that I had found the thing that everyone looks for - the thing that makes sense, that makes them happy.”

However, Finch,...

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DESIGNER ELOISE RAPP







Moving to Japan had a big impact on the life of Sydney designer Eloise Rapp. “The Japanese design process exemplifies a huge respect for quality, elegance and function, and this made me certain I should be trying to achieve similar goals with my own design projects,” she says. The move followed four years of working in fashion studios in Sydney after completing a Bachelor of Design in Fashion &...

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TEXTILE DESIGNER CHRISTINA MCLEAN

















































It was during her first trip to Bali, in the late 80s, when she came across ikat weavings and waxed batiks that Christina Mcleanstarted her obsession with textiles. “Every trip I’ve ever been on in some way revolves around textiles,” she says. “Whether it’s seeing work exhibited, participating in workshops with master dyers or visiting indigenous makers, I need this to be part of my journey.”...

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DESIGNER PAUL GARVEY








Paul Garvey fell into textile art about four years ago when he met textile designer Marissa Maximo, who had just finished working as a director at Anthropologie and was about to head up the colour and trend division of Urban Outfitters. “From there I got really passionate about it, seeing my creations on whole bunch of different mediums was super rewarding,” he says. Since then he has had his...

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DESIGNER PHOEBE LANGDON







It was her mother that gave Sydney-based designer Phoebe Langdona piece of advice that has always stuck. “Pick what you love to do because you will be working for a very long time,” she said. Phoebe spent many years throughout school taking short courses in various creative arts to test out different options but it was time spent with her grandmother that had the greatest impact. “Growing up I...

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