AUSTRALIAN FABRIC & PRINT DESIGNER, NATURE LOVER, AND ILLUSTRATOR.
Hello, and welcome to my creative world. I am an Australian textile print and surface designer. I create on-trend and unique print collections for bolt fabric for quilting and sewing craft, home decor and also commercial soft furnishing prints. I particularly love designing colourful animal and nature prints, with most of my inspiration being Australian native flora & fauna.
I am proud to design Australian fabric collections for Kennard & Kennard Fabrics. My designs feature playful Australian birds and accompanying florals, eucalyptus blossoms and leaves. There are also sweet Australian furry friends (wombats, echidna's and platypus!) as well as Australian butterflies. You can see the full ranges over on my blog page Australiana Fabric.
I also illustrate prints and patterns for paper, ceramics and other surfaces.
To create my prints I use ink, watercolour, gouache and digital mediums to create my artwork. I scan my artwork onto the computer to create patterns and placement prints for all surface designs.
I have worked on multiple print design and surface design projects for 5-star Hotels including Seaworld Resort Gold Coast, M Docklands Hotel Melbourne, & Novotel Hotels. I also design for commercial soft furnishings; upholstery, cushions, bedding, carpet and rugs, plus hard surfaces like privacy screens, glass & wall surfaces. I have also worked in fashion – designing on-trend prints for global brands.
I studied surface design at the International School of Colour & Design, as well as Digital Fabric Design at The Fashion Design Studio Ultimo in Sydney.
My key areas of expertise are:
:: Strategic development and implementation of high end seasonal and on trend collections
:: Set Product/ Design Development, ensuring the product or collections are cohesive, on trend and in line with the clients customer profile.
:: Trend research & colour palette selection for brand identity
:: Fabric selection & prototype sampling
:: Working with overseas factories to maintain brand integrity and quality for import & production
:: Highlighting key market trends locally and internationally
A little more about me...
My design journey started in 2013 after leaving my successful digital marketing career to go back to art and design school. It was a brave jump, but I am so glad I did.
I live in a tranquil waterside suburb of Sydney with my husband, three children Sarah (17), Joah (7) & Audrey (2), and our cat Emmy. I grew up and also spend much of my time in the World Heritage Blue Mountains of Australia. Beautiful Blackheath was my home for many years, and I visit regularly. Both locations provide me with a rich backdrop of creative inspiration.
In my spare time, you can find me at my craft group working on my patchwork, or pottering around in homewares shops collecting my next cute tea towel (never can have too many tea towels). I'm also a bit obsessed with cute egg cups. My favourite colour is pink and I have a ridiculously huge stash of pretty fabric.