Did you know that we often create customised artworks from our designs?
During the process of developing new work, Julie makes up mini silk screens to prototype her design ideas before they go into production. She continues to use these mini screens in her studio for many years, making one off and short run artworks on paper, fabric and wood.
She makes them in short batches and often prints on found materials. So the work changes feel over time although the motifs stay constant.
Customers who already have a bit of Cloth in their homes like getting artworks from us because it helps pull the feel of the room together. There is a clear relationship between the fabric and the art but not in an obvious matchy-matchy way.
One of the most popular and enduring designs we have worked with this way has been our Banksia print. Julie has printed this directly onto hotel walls, ikea stools, rolls of of wallpaper, sheets of masonite, old maps – and it works on any surface.
Just recently, over the summer holidays she made a lovely piece for an old client, Jackie, who was looking for something to give her husband for his 40th birthday. They’d bought, years before, some of the wallpaper Julie had printed and pasted it to the wall of their house as a feature piece and had loved it. But they’d moved since and the wallpaper had to stay put.
She saw the teal and chocolate Banksia print in the shop but it wasn’t big quite big enough for the wall in her new home. And although Jackie had never commissioned an artwork before and felt a little hesitant about the whole process, she had a chat about what she wanted and we got the ball rolling. She gave the dimensions she needed, suggested the colours she preferred and sent through a photo of her space. Julie gave a quote and created this rough layout.
Jackie approved it, paid a deposit and over the holidays Julie produced the work.
Jackie picked the work up last week and was delighted. She’s been hiding it in a cupboard for the last week or so to surprise her husband with it on his big day. Hopefully he likes it!
If you would like to know more about commissioning an artwork, please get in touch. Generally it takes a couple of months from start to finish, is quite affordable and usually pretty straight forward.
We’ve added a few examples of Banksia past and present to give an idea of the scope of the design.
Some of these pieces are available to buy now online and in the shop.