Monday, November 18, 2013

Duvet covers - NEW in the shop!

We're just a little bit giddy with excitement to share this next little development with you. Over the past few weeks we've been putting together a small range of duvet covers which we'll be making to order! We've been thinking of doing this for quite some time and have finally made it happen, just in time to take pre-xmas orders :)

We had so much fun doing the shoot for the these, converting Teeg's living room with it's gorgeous floorboards and lining boards into the perfect faux-bedroom!

Silver Gum queen sized duvet cover - $450

Silver Gum queen sized duvet cover - $450

Grevillea queen sized duvet cover - $450

Grevillea queen sized duvet cover - $450

Watercolour queen sized duvet cover - $450

Watercolour queen sized duvet cover - $450

If you're the type of person who'd rather sew up your own, do let us know in the comments. We might just put together a DIY duvet cover making kit sometime soon too :)

xx Lara & Teegs.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Table linens - NEW in the shop!

It's been a long time since we've launched any new products, but with xmas swiftly approaching we thought it'd be great to release a small range of table linens! We had so much fun making and styling these for a little photo shoot. Huge thanks to Shelley Panton and Shiko for the loan of the gorgeous ceramic wares!

Wrens in Inky Blue 100% Linen table napkins

Flores in Inky Blue organic cotton/hemp table runner

Blockprint in Snow organic cotton/hemp table napkins

Grevillea in Mustard & Greylead organic cotton/hemp table runner

Watercolour in Toffee organic cotton/hemp table napkins

Blockprint in Snow organic cotton/hemp table runner

Kangaroo Paw in Red Orange table runner, Birch in Almond table napkins

We're making these products to order, so get your order in before December 5th if you'd like them before xmas :)

xx Lara & Teegs.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Introducing Flores - and some new colourways!

New prints and colourways in the shop!

Despite all the big changes brewing in the studio it's mostly business as usual around here - we've got lots happening in the lead up to xmas! We have some great new products which we'll be launching over the next few days, and in the meantime we've popped some new prints and colourways in the shop!

Most excitingly is the public launch of Teegs' Flores design! Whilst attended her artist’s residency in Mexico, Tegan was inspired by the amazing carpets of chempasuchil flowers that she saw adorning the Dia de Los Muertos alters in Oaxaca. We first printed this design as a reward for her very generous Pozible pledgers, and now we've printed it in a bunch of colourways for the shop!

Flores in Coal & Fawn

Flores in Inky Blue & Juniper

Flores in Saffron & Lime - a bit of an experimental colourway but we like it's summery freshness!

Flores in Toffee & Saffron - also experimental and turned out a bit too retro for our range, so this one probably won't be around for too long :)

Also new and exciting is our Silver Gum in Inky Blue & Greylead - the winning colourway from our colourway competition a couple of months ago! Congrats again to Rachel for her winning combo - she's making curtains with the meterage she won and we can't wait to see them :)

Silver Gum in Inky Blue & Greylead

Also new...

Blockprint in Snow

Wrens in Inky Blue on Oatmeal linen (loving this new basecloth option)

Watercolour in Fawn & Snow
Hope you like! xx

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ink & Spindle needs YOU!

Our beloved studio

There are some big and exciting changes on the Ink & Spindle horizon! 

After much soul-searching and reflection, Teegs has made the bittersweet decision to leave Melbourne and move to her beloved homeland of the Northern Rivers.

In her words: I have always intended to one day move back to the area, build a straw bale house, live off the grid and grow my own food, but my recent travels and the subsequent time spent with my family there (especially my beautiful, brand-new baby niece whom I love and adore) helped me to realise that now is the time for me.

Teegs & baby niece Marley
I came to that decision one morning while watching the sunrise from Australia's magical easternmost point, and it felt instantly right. A whole bunch of anxiety I didn't even realise I was holding on to fell away and I felt an immense relief... but also an immense sadness, because leaving Melbourne also means leaving my best friend and sister-by-another-mister Lara C. and our beautiful baby, Ink & Spindle.

Epic. Very hard. Without a doubt. Very, very hard. 

But the big news doesn't end there though - the other rather more joyous thing is that Lara and her lovely soon-to-be husband Dave are expecting next April! Yay! Congratulations, guys :)

Lara & Dave's little person waves hello

SO! All of the above means we are looking for Expressions of Interest from like-minded individuals to take over Teegs' role within the business and partnership. 

The individual we are looking for doesn't need to have any previous experience (because we didn't when we started the business!) but needs to be capable of learning quickly, of being self motivated, energetic, happy to work hard in a pretty darn fun environment and be willing to help nurture the wonderful entity that is Ink & Spindle (especially whilst Lara is on maternity leave!). And of course MOSTLY IMPORTANTLY they must be compatible with that wonderful lady herself :)

If you are interested in having a conversation with us about this, then we'd like to meet you! Please send us an email with the following info:
  • a little about yourself
  • what you feel you could contribute to I&S
  • what you hope to gain from running a small, independent design & print studio
Looking forward to hearing from you :)

xx Teegs & Lara

Monday, October 21, 2013

5 year birthday SALE!

Some of our discontinued colourways

Hello lovely people!

Firstly, a massive thank you so much for all the messages, emails & comments of congratulations on us achieving FIVE WONDERFUL YEARS in business :) we are feeling very proud & loved, indeed. 

We'd like to give you back some of that love in the form of a 15% discount on all medium weight fabric by the metre in our Ready-Made Shop - because we figure 5 years running a small business is like 15 years in the regular world, right? Right.

Just enter the code I&S_turns_5 at the checkout to redeem the discount! The code is valid until Oct 31, inclusive.

The super good news is that we have placed some of our old colourways which we are discontinuing on sale, too! So if you want to snap those up, you'll be getting a DOUBLE DISCOUNT! Amazing! 

Please don't be sad to see those old favourites go, it just means we are making room for some exciting NEW colourways! Fun times ahead :)

xx Teegs

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ink & Spindle turns 5!!

Guess what?? Ink & Spindle is turning FIVE!

To celebrate we're holding an extra special Open Studio next Saturday 19th Oct from 12:00 - 3:00pm. There'll be the usual printing demo and wares, PLUS celebratory Mister Nice Guy cupcakes and a sparking drink or two. Please come down to help us celebrate and welcome Teegs back from her adventures too!

xx Lara & Teegs

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Teegs talks in Byron Bay - Wednesday 9th Oct!

Lovely people in the Byron Bay area! Teegs is giving a talk with the awesome ladies from Creative Business Talks and she would love to meet you and chat all things creative and business!

Wednesday 9th October, 6.30-8.30pm.
Held at Byron Lifestyle store and coffee shop, 109 Johnson St, Byron Bay. $45.
Bookings essential - book online here.

More details about Teegs' talk over here!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ink & Spindle's Colourway Competition!!

Hi everyone!

To celebrate the launch of our brand new website we're holding a little competition.
Simply customise one of our prints for your chance to take home 2.5 metres of it!

How it works:

1) Go to and select your favourite design

2) Play with our customising tool to create a unique colourway that you love

3) Save the image to your computer or device

4) Post the image to Instagram or the Ink & Spindle Facebook page with the hashtag #inkandspindle_colourway_comp

5) We'll pick the best 5 submissions and put them up for the vote. The one with the most votes will be printed and become a limited edition part of our range, PLUS you'll get 2.5m of your own fabric to take home and make into something wonderful!

6) Entries are open till Friday 6th September

7) Have fun!

xx Lara & Teegs

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ink & Spindle's NEW WEBSITE!


Guess what? We've just launched the brand new Ink & Spindle website and we are so excited about it!

Partly thanks to an AusIndustry TCF grant, and also massively thanks to the awesome team at Guvnor & Weekends, our gorgeous new website features a beautiful custom-ordering system that allows you to create your own colourways and visualise them on the screen:

We were also very lucky to secure a photo shoot with the very talented Sean Fennessy, who produced most of the photography on the site, thanks to some styling assistance from Tom at Guvnor & Beth-Emily.

Watercolour in Toffee, photography by Sean Fennessy

Leuca duvet cover, photography by Sean Fennessy

The I&S range, photography by Sean Fennessy

We hope you have fun browsing the new site and experimenting with the Customise tool! Stay tuned for a little competition in a couple of weeks - we'll be testing your textile colourway selection skills!

xx Lara & Teegs

Friday, July 12, 2013

Design Made Trade - July 18th - 21st

It's been a crazy couple of weeks in the I&S studio as we prepare for Design Made Trade 2013! We love this show, it's the perfect middle ground between a high end design market and a regular industry trade show, although this year things are a little bit different. Instead being held as a standalone event at the Royal Exhibition Building, this year Design Made Trade is to be held at Jeff's Shed alongside Decoration & Design and Furnitex. D:M:T will feature a curated selection of 30 local design studios and we're excited to be amongst them!

Unfortunately this will be a trade only event and there will be no retail sales at the event, but we look forward to being exposed to a much bigger audience. Hope you can make it down to say hello!

xx Lara.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Big & Botanical - two new interior scale prints

Waratah in Coal & Snow - photo by Sean Fennessy

Over at I&S we've been dying to release a couple of new designs but we've been holding off, waiting for our new website to be launched! However, things have taken a little longer than expected in that department and in the end our impatience has won out.

Introducing two new & rather large prints - Waratah and Silver Gum!

"Inspired by the beautiful, unique Tasmania variety of Waratah, this print was originally carved and printed from a lino block, retaining all the beautiful and irregular textures of lino printing."

I (Lara) designed Waratah late last year, inspired after a trip to the spectacular Capturing Flora exhibition in Ballarat. I knew that I wanted to firstly develop a lino print and capture the beautiful texture of that medium in a screen print. The carving was done over one rather warm weekend down at Fairhaven, perfect weather to soften the lino!

Waratah - original line drawing & carving the lino

Waratah - lino carving almost complete and made easier with Abby's fancy Japanese carving tools

The final lino print. This was scanned and doubled in size before being turned into a repeat

The final result! Waratah in Coal & Snow

Waratah in Turmeric & Snow

"Silver Gum came to life one morning during a bicycle ride to work through Royal Park. Enamoured by the leaf forms, Lara picked these almost-flowering stems and popped them in her pannier for photographing later in the back yard. Both colours in this design are printed from a single screen – the second colour is printed with the screen rotated 180 degrees."

Silver Gum is another one of those designs that spent a lot of time brewing in the back of my mind before finally coming to life. The tricky bit was finding the perfect shaped leaf, but once that happened the rest of the process was fairly straightforward. I can't wait to see this print turned into some gorgeous curtains or upholstery.

Silver Gum - laying out stems for photographing

The final result - Silver Gum in Eucalyptus & Moss

Silver Gum in Almond & Snow

xx Lara.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Curtains and more by Ezore

Just a quick post to show you what one of our clients - the lovely Liya from Ezore - has been making with our fabrics! This lovely home has been adorned with curtains, cushions and bedspreads in a range of our prints, including some custom colourways (our favourite).

A lovely home adorned with I&S textiles thanks to Ezore

Wave pleat curtains by Ezore featuring Bonsai in Olive

Wave pleat curtains by Ezore featuring Bonsai in Olive

Duvet cover by Ezore featuring custom printed Grevillea & Blockprint in Portello

xx Lara.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Landscape Quilt - now with full sized photos!

We're had great response to the launch of our new Landscape Quilt design - thanks guys! We'd love to see a photo of your finished quilt if you take one!

Meanwhile, we had a few requests for photos of the quilts full size, so here they are! These are a couple that we made up in the studio, but of course you're welcome to pick whatever prints you like :)

The Landscape Quilt in Blues & Greens

The Landscape Quilt in Mustard, Neutral & Greylead

xx Lara.