Hand-printed designs on ethically sourced textiles.

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Inspiration

Rather than following trends, we design textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come.

Inspired by the Australian landscape, we are passionate about creating textiles that have minimal impact on the earth. Using organic cotton/hemp and eco-linen basecloths we ensure that our textiles have inherent longevity and are free from harmful chemicals. Rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely we aim to develop textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come.

We are inspired by Australia's native flora & fauna and aim to respect our environment through all that we do.

We also love working within the limitations of screen printing and hand printing, with all of our designs requiring only one or two colour separations. We use overprinting, screen flips and displacements to create beautiful results from only a single screen.

Our textiles are available as meterage, homewares & custom made curtains, blinds and upholstery. The full collection can be viewed at our Abbotsford Convent studio & showroom. Our textiles can also be found around Melbourne and Australia made in to bags, apparel, soft furnishings and much, much more thanks to the skills of some talented independent makers.

Sustainability

It's at the heart of what we do.

Our desire to live, work and create in an ethical and sustainable manner has influenced how Ink & Spindle was established and has developed since 2008. Everything from the materials we carefully select, to our production processes, to our everyday business decisions. It all reflects our aim to walk softly on the earth.

We believe that it's important to be as transparent as possible about sustainable and eco friendly practices. We're not perfect, and there are still elements of our business that we would like to improve upon, but below is a list of practices we currently employ to minimise our impact on the earth:

  • We promote and use certified organic & sustainable base cloths.

  • We design for longevity, not conforming to short term, seasonal trends.

  • We use water based, organic certified inks. We minimise water wastage by using high pressure to clean screens.

  • We have a water-board certified separation system to prevent waste ink particles from entering waterways.

  • We use recycled paper, card, envelopes, and reuse boxes & packaging materials where possible.

  • We use home-compostable mailing satchels for online orders, instead of plastic.

We proudly offset our carbon emissions through support of Carbon Neutral.

  • 817 Trees & shrubs planted
  • 40 Tonnes of C02 offset

About Us

Lara Cameron

Lara's passion for Australian flora and fauna stems from a childhood spent in nature, often playing & exploring the creeks and bushland near home and the surf coast. With a background in graphic design, Lara was drawn back to her roots by a desire to work in a more tactile medium, co-founding Ink & Spindle in 2008. Lara enjoys spending time with her two young children, passing on a love of nature and minimal impact on the earth.

Find Lara on Instagram at @laracameron.

Photo © Elka Meitzel.

Caitlin Klooger

Caitlin is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. Inspired by the Australian landscape she enjoys experimenting with different mediums including block printing, charcoal, line drawing and acrylic & watercolour painting. She enjoys creating things in the studio and spending time with her busy young family.

Find Caitlin on Instagram at @caitlinklooger.

Process

We love the tactile and organic nature of screen printed textiles, with each length of metreage carefully printed by hand - by our hands in fact - on our 13 metre table. Each screen measures 1.8m tall and requires two people to handle at all times. We work our way down the table producing each design through a series of interlocking repeats.

Each colour is hand mixed in the studio using water-based, organic certified inks.

When printing we use only water based, certified organic inks. Our range of basecloths include blends of GOTS certified organic cotton, hemp, yak and OEKO-TEX certifed eco-linen, in medium and upholstery weights.

You are welcome to visit our Abbotsford Convent studio and showroom to watch us print!

Internships

Internship applications for 2018 are now closed. Please keep an eye on our website and social media early 2019 for the next round of placements. More information on our internships can be found in the FAQ section of our site.