limelight // a quick PSA

{l} is for lime

I didn’t want you to think the limelight series had gone away, cause it hasn’t, but I haven’t got any interviews ready at this time, and I like adding that voice from the artists to the posts so the series went into a little unplanned hiatus.

And, if you think you would be a good fit here and would like to be featured in limelight, just email me, I’d love to feature your work or blog.

limelight // marigold textiles

limelight // marigold textiles

Melbourne-based make Robyn  Bolam  fell in love with  vintage kantha quilts while on a trip to India. She is now sharing that love through her shop Marigold Textiles where she finds creative uses for the gorgeous throws.

Introduction

Some time ago I had a wonderful stay in India, I went there to see colour and I wasn’t disappointed. Whilst there my eyes were opened to the amazing, centuries old textile industry and handicrafts.

I have fallen in love with the fabulous vintage kantha quilts that have so many uses apart from the obvious, a snugly throw.

Kantha is a traditional Indian craft where quilts are made from used cotton sari cloth. Small running stitches are sewn in long rows holding together 4-5 layers of sari giving a lovely texture and weight to the throw. They are colourful and often mismatched and patched but each one is unique.

There are many organisations helping poor, destitute and prostituted girls and women from India, Nepal and Bangladesh by providing them with a new life and a wholesome living making these gorgeous quilts.

Behind every Kantha quilt is a wonderful story of hope and freedom.

What you do

As well as selling the quilts whole I am enjoying making gorgeous toy elephants and baby blankets from kanthas and always on the look out for other inspiring ideas.

I live in the leafy suburb of Vermont in Melbourne and my favourite time of day is when I am in my workroom accompanied by my two cats purring away while I sew, sort and package.

Your inspiration

While in India I was inspired by the people, poor, hardworking but so happy. They encouraged me to be thankful for what I have, I will never forget that.

// Marigold Textiles on Etsy

 

limelight // agnes & you

limelight // agnes & you

Don’t tell the Mr I’m eyeing off some more cushions ~ but I’m quite taken with the simple designs of agnes & you. Aussie-based designer Aggie has a range of lovely screenprinted homewares and be sure to check out her stationery, too.

I might have to grab an ottoman instead, that will negate the need to buy another couch to fit all the cushions.

Introduction

My name is Aggie and I’m 29. I currently live in Melbourne with my husband, our gorgeous little girl Charli and soon expecting our second child. I was born in Poland and relocated to Australia at the age of 7 and have been living in Melbourne ever since. Since Charli’s arrival I have loved being a mother so much that I decided to start a home based business so I could spend my days with her.

What do you do

My business idea came to life when i wanted some new funky, statement cushions on my couch so I decided to make my own. After getting lots of positive feedback I decided to try my luck with my first business.

I design my images which I then screen print onto cushion covers that i sew in my studio. I love using linen and linen blends, i think linen looks classy and chic. I am always looking into different products and fabrics to expend my line.

Your inspiration

I love looking through different homeware magazines, fashion magazines, and take a lot of inspirations from day to day life. My husband is from the country and grew up on the farm so there are lots of things there that can lead to design ideas, like nature. Sometimes i start designing and really just see where it takes me, it’s amazing how sometimes no particular direction can lead you to a great design.

// Shop madeit / website 

 

 

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