I love how the universe sometimes puts you in touch with the right person at the right time. As a designer, I have been ticking off mini goals in getting my surface designs out there for people to buy. My first foray into the world of surface design was opening my Redbubble store. It has some good sellers each month but is definitely passive income that ticks over nicely. I add new designs monthly just to keep it feeling fresh. My next estore was opening a Spoonflower account. This shop has many designs and many collections and I have quite a wide variety of sales each month from people buying upholstery, dress fabrics to stretch Lycra for leggings and swimwear. And a big chunk of bag designers are using my designs to be sold on Etsy and at markets. I love the mix of customers and the fact that people around the globe are my customers.
One of my most exciting collaborations came about because of instagram and this is the universe bit I mentioned. The owner of Two Green Zebras liked a design of mine on Instagram so I boldly got in touch asking him if they needed any new designs. The answer was a resounding yes and so far I am proud to say I have sold 22 designs with them, with another drop coming soon. They love my Australian inspired designs and are always open to new additions.
I have been involved with two other collaborations which are still a little bit secret but watch this space. More will be revealed soon and I am so excited. I never take what I do for granted. I eat, sleep, breathe textile design so it’s good to know my work is not really work at all. I am living my passion. I have some big goals to achieve and after a chance meeting this morning, I am crossing fingers something comes of it.
Some of my favourite Australian designs are in a collection that I created for the Sydney Design Studio, Emily Ziz. The studio supplies designs for use as wallpaper, upholstery, wall art and floor coverings and they work closely with an array of Australian artists. Any design can be adapted in scale and colour way and is made to order, which means there is no waste and orders are printed on demand. Emily Ziz services the hospitality, care, retail and commercial sector including and not limited to hotels, airports, aged care, hospitals and child care and restaurants. If you have a project that you would like a mix of beautiful Australian designs to feature in, Emily Ziz has a variety of options.
Here is a mood board I created for the studio featuring my designs, some stripes, plain dyed fabrics and Taubmans paint swatches from Bunnings. Beautiful little hand painted buttons are from the V and A design museum in London. The mood board has wallpaper and fabric swatches showing the scale and what the repeat looks like. Link attached to these and other designs.
Here is a snapshot of the gorgeous colours I used in the mural at Bar Contessa, 371 Darling Street, Balmain.
Honestly, the paint goes on like buttery cream and the coverage is amazing. I picked up my paint from the Woolhara store and the staff there were super helpful. The paint needed to paint fine details too, which it could.
My local cafe in Balmain, Bar Contessa, owned and run by Marco for the last 18 years decided to take over the vacant shop next door when it became available. Bar Contessa is a well established, very popular destination for foodies and locals alike. The original cafe has an enormous mural in warm browns and orange of a woman’s face, crowned in waves of flowing hair. Marco’s only brief to me was that he wanted ‘something’ unique, eye popping without copying his original Contessa! Open briefs can be the hardest! Marco visited New York looking for inspiration for his menu and decor years ago and came back with uber cool ideas for the original cafe. Big shoes to fill but it’s good to be challenged!
The 3 Contessa’s were born. I showed Marco about 10 sketches, all drawn up and dropped onto a photo of the blank wall. He was blown away. The concepts really looked like they were installed in the cafe already. I use Procreate and it’s incredible software. The Contessa’s were painted on an enormous board, specially made for the space. It took 5 days and litres of beautiful Porters Paints in 3-4 coats per colour. Porters were kind enough to supply the paint at no cost as they love encouraging local art project. THANK YOU Porters!
The Contessa’s sit proudly on their wall. They fill the room and add vibrancy to what was a dark space of black walls and wood paneling. Everyone comments on the gorgeous palette. We couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Pop in for an excellent coffee, eat from the delicious menu and take a look at my ladies, looking resplendent on their wall.
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