Our friend and colleague of many years, Jacqui Baxter, is exhibiting her gorgeous floral paintings along side fellow artist Pamela Fordham at the charming Acme Etal bookshop and gallery, 17 Bell St., Yarra Glen. Jacqui has painted many of the Linen House floral designs over the years and it is great to see her exhibiting her original work. Being a textile designer, she has converted some of her designs to prints on linen which are also for sale at the exhibition. Yarra Valley is wine country and not much more than an hour’s drive from Melbourne- do you need another excuse!?
Go to Jacqui’s blog for more info and pictures
Every year Linen House collaborates with RMIT to give the 2nd year Textile Design students an industry based project. We feel this is very beneficial for the students. It gives them a taste for what it is like designing commercially. The students are given a choice of three briefs for our Summer 14/15 range:
Linen House Lifestyle
Linen House Vintage
Linen House Naturals
The students also have a feedback session with us half way through the project. This gives us a chance to see what direction the students design is heading in and if we can suggest idea’s to the students such as colour choice, fabric selection, motif scale and repeat to help refine their final outcome to best suit the brand they are designing for.
Once the project was completed by the dead line given, Georgie and I assessed all the students work. From there we selected the three outstanding projects.
We awarded a highly commended prize to Aliki Batsios majoring in Screen Printing. She chose to design for our Lifestyle brand. We loved her fresh and playful floral teamed up with a funky co-ordinating geometric reverse. We felt the design was really trendy and the colours perfect for summer.
Second prize was awarded to Cassie Byrnes also majoring in Screen Print. She too designed for our Lifestyle brand. This was a stand out project for us. Her use of Australian flora and fauna with her beautiful and almost naive handwriting was a delight to see. A lovely subject matter to work with. We also loved her colour palette. Her different colour combinations really helped her stand out against the rest.
First prize was given to Rebekah Archer who chose to design for our Naturals brand. Her major is Weave. Rebekah’s work, again, clearly stood out to us. Her presentation was immaculate and her back up visual diary was thorough and well considered. We felt her design had an understated beauty about it and her woven samples were gorgeous to see and touch. We felt this design would really work well as a uni-sex design. Very calming with lovely use of texture which is what Naturals is all about.
The three finalists had the further opportunity to refine their design based on the feedback form Georgie and I. It was great to see these changes as we do this a lot in industry.
A big congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to seeing you in the studio for work experience!
We love the way one of our customers has decorated her daughters room with the Hiccups Linen House for Kids ‘Goldilocks’ collection http://bit.ly/1akgoNL
I’m feeling inspired now that Spring is here, to get out into the garden and plant some succulents! I haven’t had much luck with growing veggies, but succulents are easy to grow and very low maintenance!
I planted some in a palette which looks pretty good!
Here are some beautiful hand made ceramic pots from Karin Hagen. So lovely!
It was a few weeks ago now, but the design studio headed into Life in Style, and found it incredibly inspiring this time round.
I particularly loved the ‘Lucky Boy Sunday’ products. Super-soft alpaca knitted throws, cushions, and toys. All in beautiful colours, with a fun-loving/quirky aesthetic to them. Even better – all products are manufactured in Bolivia under the fair trade principle, giving very talented women a good job, at a fair price, using the highest grade wool.