Hand-printed designs on ethically sourced textiles.

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Collection

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

We love Australia’s native flora & fauna, but also the energy of the urban environment in Melbourne. It is also very important to us that our designs have inherent longevity. Rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely we try to develop textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come.

We are inspired by Australia's native flora & fauna and the man-made urban environment of Melbourne.

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 mainly sold as metreage, kits and a small range of homewares. When it comes to finished product we prefer to collaborate with fellow local creatives! Our textiles can be found around Melbourne & Australia made in to bags, lampshades, homewares and much, much more thanks to the amazing skills of a range of talented people.

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 I&S began and developed. 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 make even more eco-friendly, but below is a list of practices we currently employ to minimise our impact on the earth:

  • We promote and use organic, sustainable & fair trade base cloths.

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

  • We use water based, solvent free 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 biodegradable cello for packaging, as opposed to plastic.

We proudly offset our carbon emissions through support of carbon neutral schemes.

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

Designers

Lara Cameron

Prior to Ink & Spindle, established her design career working as a web and graphic designer under her own name. Frustrated by the limitations of digital mediums she began experimenting with surface design & textiles, receiving lots of positive feedback and support via her personal blog. Co-founding Ink & Spindle was a natural progression that allowed Lara to engage with her creative output in a more tactile manner, whist enjoying the technical challenges of the medium.

Find Lara on Instagram at @laracameron.

Photo © Elka Meitzel.

Caitlin Klooger

Caitlin is a multidisciplinary designer who studied Interior Design at Griffith University then completed a post grad in Landscape Architecture at Melbourne University. She worked as a Landscape Architect until the birth of her second child when she started her own Textile Design label, pippijoe. With her three children now at school and kinder, she enjoys spending her days designing and creating beautiful things in the Ink & Spindle studio after joining the team in 2014.

Find Caitlin on Instagram at @caitlinklooger.

Tegan Rose

Tegan’s background is in Fine Art & Education. She grew up in country Victoria surrounded by a beautiful native environment, with a plant-enthusiast mother. This has proven to be her main creative influence, even now years later. Tegan co-founded Ink & Spindle and in 2013 left the business to pursue other creative adventures.

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 10 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, solvent free inks.

When printing we use only water based, solvent free inks. Our range of basecloths include blends of organic cotton, hemp, yak and linen, in medium and upholstery weights.

Internships

We are proud to offer internships of 2–4 weeks here at the Ink & Spindle studio. Applications for the first half of 2014 are now closed. Our next round of applications for the latter half of the year will open during the week of Monday 14th July 2014. Keep an eye on our blog & facebook page for more details closer to the date. More information on our internships can be found in the FAQ section of our site.