A new Venture Down Under at Vevoke Australia
I have had to keep very quiet about this for a long time. I was nearly going to burst with excitement when Chris and Karen of Vevoke in Australia showed me samples of my illustrations that would soon become cushions and totes. This collection named ‘Essensory’ was going to consist of myself, Carolyn Suzuki and The London Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture.
At the beginning of the year I re-worked some old favourites so they would work much larger on fabric.
Although I trained in textiles, paper is where I am comfortable so this was learning curve for me. I forgot how different illustrations can look on fabric. Colours need to be richer and details even more detailed. I knew from the very beginning that cotton would be the chosen material so I had to work with this not against it.
Vevoke worked very hard on producing something with heart and humanity. Sustainable, natural and eco-friendly materials were top priority. The choice of India as their country of manufacture was easy “It is the beating heart of the global hand crafted textile industry”
The ethics also had to extend to the production. It was vital that the factory was a happy and healthy place for staff. You can read more on this on their blog.
I am extremely proud to be part of this amazing new venture. Only sad the UK can’t get hold of these wonderful cushions and bags (yet) Who knows where this journey will lead to next.