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INTERVIEW | LAURA WORTLOCK







Travel has played an important role in the life of designer Laura Wortlock of Once Was Lost. She met her husband Andy in New York. Together they moved around through Malta before returning home to Australia, and setting up life in Hervey Bay, Queensland. However, they continue to have strong links with the rest of the world through the fair trade homewares collections they have created based on...

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DESIGNER AMANDA EVANS





While Amanda Evans started with a big-picture view of her business, Cabin Co, she is looking more and more local towards her direction. After starting out designing cushions and children’s wall decorations, the Tasmanian-based company is about to mark a new chapter in its offering since launching in 2013. Amanda is about to release a new wool collection made locally in Tasmania. “It’s great to be...

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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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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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SHOP OWNER MAXINE SMITH








More than three years ago Maxine Smith was watching a group of women from Laos make silk scarves. The idea struck her that she could take them back to Australia - along with other wares from her travels - and sell them to people who treasured handmade and crafted textiles and decorative objects for their home. Maxine spends considerable time sourcing each piece for her online store Barefoot Gypsy,...

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TEXTILE DESIGNER JULIE PATERSON







One of the best speeches I've heard at an event was by Julie Paterson. It was a little bit of a surprise given that she's a textile designer who's probably best know for her beautiful shop selling her fabrics and homewares in Sydney's Surry Hills. You see, Julie wrote the speech as a narrative-style account of her life growing up and how she fell in love with fabric and design. As someone who...

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