Melbourne based Emily Wright of Nancybird started her accessories business in 2002, after studying art and printmaking at RMIT. Fifteen years on, and Nancybird’s range has expanded to include accessories, clothing and homewares stocked in over 150 stores both locally and abroad.
Since we last caught up with Emily and her team, they’ve been actively expanding her network of global makers, to produce homewares that are more diverse than ever before. Last year, they collaborated with an indigenous art studio from the Northern Territory and a group of community weavers in the Philippines, whilst this year they have worked on homewares with Bolivian knitters, Latvian hand knitters and Indian Block printers.
Each and every Nancybird product is designed in-house by textile designer Sarah Strickland and creative director Emily Wright. However, the pair are increasingly inspired by the craftspeople they work with overseas. ‘We began working with our Fair Trade accredited block printers from Jaipur, India last year, and were really inspired by the process of block printing,’ explains Sarah. ‘We wanted to make the most of their incredible skill, and thought that bedlinen was the perfect canvas’. Emily recently visited the block printers in India, and was blown away with the care and attention that goes into all their work.
A key focus for the Nancybird team is to explore age-old techniques that imbue each collection with the hand of the maker. Their Autumn 2017 home collection includes block-printed bedlinen, knitted and crocheted cushions, and hand knitted woollen socks.
To see more visit the Nancybird website, here.