This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Sunday Folk Textiles

Creative People

Emma McNamara is the woman behind Sunday Folk Textiles – a locally made, ethically produced textiles line based out of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

With a background in interior design (working on everything from luxury resorts to banker’s offices), Emma experienced various facets of the design industry before settling on creating her own beautiful, functional homewares a few years after the birth of her daughter. 

30th October, 2017

Sunday Folk Textiles. Pictured here – Rockshelf Ocean Flanged cushion, Tidepool/Drift Salt cushion, Rockshelf Ocean cushion, Drift Ocean/Tidepool cushion. Photo– Jane Allen.

Emma’s favourite design, the Rockshelf pattern, ‘based on the patterns created on rocks that have been slowly eroded by the incoming tide.’ Photo– Jane Allen

Sunday Folk Textiles designer and founder, Emma McNamara, pictured with two designs from her ‘Tidepool’ collection. Photo– Jane Allen.

The Tidepool pattern from Sunday Folk Textiles. Photo– Jane Allen.

All of Sunday Folk Textiles are designed in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, printed in Melbourne and made into cushions in a Sydney workroom that operates under the guidelines of the Ethical Fashion Council. Photo– Jane Allen.

 

Sally Tabart
Monday 30th October 2017

Following a natural, organic ebb and flow, Sydney designer Emma McNamara drew on her background in interior design to create her textiles line, Sunday Folk Textiles.

From initial inspiration to finished product, Emma’s design process is highly considered. ‘The artworks are created using gauche and oil sticks. I always start with a sketch and a general direction, and experiment until I’m happy with the outcome’, says Emma, ‘sometimes things come together in an afternoon, but more often than not, I create something, walk past it for a week and finally figure out how I want it to look.’ After this, the designs are sent to be printed on a linen/cotton base cloth in Melbourne, before they head back to Sydney to be made into cushions, in a workroom that operates under the guidelines of the Ethical Fashion Council.

Sunday Folk’s latest collection, ‘Tidepool’, takes inspiration from Emma’s coastal lifestyle. Wobbly waves in shades of blue, and colourful, rippled outlines wash over the collection of double sided cushions. ‘My family and I spend a lot of time at the beach, walking along the coast, swimming in ocean pools, exploring rock pools and tidepools, watching the ocean,’ shares Emma, ‘The “Tidepool” collection was inspired by the nuances of the Australian coast, and the patterns I noticed around me on our weekly wanderings.’

While Emma’s textiles are designed with a laid-back lifestyle in mind, looking after a toddler at the same time as running a small business begs for a few more hours in the day! ‘I love the autonomy, the challenge, the learning and I love creating’, Emma says of being her own boss, ‘Sunday Folk Textiles is where I can combine my interior design experiences and love for textiles into functional, beautiful, timeless pieces. I do need about 10 more hours in the day and a clone though!’

We hear you, Emma!

View Comments

Similar Stories

Style It Make It

Styling with Colour and Texture

We explore bedroom styling with colour and texture, in partnership with Sheridan Australia.

Studio Visit

Studio Onethirty

Sydney-based designer Sarah Kalidis takes us through her playful new range of bespoke fabrics, furniture, and furnishings.
Elle Murrell

Shopping

New Linens and Wallpaper from Willie Weston

Beautiful new textiles and wallpaper from the local social enterprise, working with Indigenous artists in remote Australian communities.
Elle Murrell

This Week

News

The 60s-Inspired Ceramic Homewares That Will Make Your Christmas List

Prominent Queensland design studio Marloe Marloe launches their foray into home decor!
Sally Tabart
  2 hours ago

Modernist Australia

The Beachfront ‘McKay House’ Is Up For Auction This Weekend

A DREAM beach house in Mollymook, New South Wales, designed by one of the nation’s most beloved Modernist firms, Allen Jack + Cottier Arch...
Patricia Callan and Pete Bakacs

Being Green

Bring Sustainability Into Your Kitchen In Time For Christmas

Generous gift-giving and conscientious home-making made simple, with our guide to sustainable utensils, cleaning products and storage soluti...
Elle Murrell

Architecture

This Is No Ordinary Shed!

Exploring new forms in Australian vernacular architecture, with Atelier Andy Carson in Gerringong, NSW.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

A 'Modernist Ruin' In Malvern

Figureground Architecture create a renovation that simultaneously harks back and gazes forwards.
Miriam McGarry
  3 hours ago

Travel

Top Spots Along The Great Ocean Road With Jenna Densten

A roadtrip with the much-loved renovator, showcasing her favourite stops from Torquay to Apollo Bay.
Jenna Densten
  11 hours ago

Art

Win An Artwork By Ali McNabney-Stevens

This vibrant original artwork by the much-loved Melbourne painter could be yours, thanks to Dulux.

News

Reed Gift Fairs Back For A Blockbuster Sydney Event

Australia’s premier retail trade show returns in 2019 with a renewed focus on the home.
Sponsored

Regional

In The Field With Australia’s Most Astounding Conservation Organisation

Bush Heritage Australia takes us through their new off-the-grid Michael Tichbon Field Station, perched in the remote Western Australian wild...
Elle Murrell

News

Having A Nice Time!

The Melbourne pop-up plant and gift shop with a focus on plants and local makers.
Sally Tabart

News

Celebrating One Of Australia’s Most Influential Designers

A retrospective book and exhibition of Akira Isogawa’s 25-year career.
Sally Tabart

Architecture

A Home Designed For Connection

A dual occupancy sub-division results in a surprisingly roomy home for six (!) - the 'Connect Six' House in Brighton, by Whiting Architects....

Food

Alice & Marlon's Amazing Wholegrain Mustard

WHO KNEW it was so easy to make your own mustard? SO much better than the store bought variety – think Xmas and summer BBQ crowdpleaser!
Alice Johnson

Interiors

Modern Mediterranean Is Having A Moment

Our resident interiors expert translates the latest contemporary interiors craze, inspired by all things Mediterranean.
Lauren Li

Homes

A House With A Heart Of Gold

Real estate gold, in gold rush country! The hand-crafted country home and garden of Luke Mortimer and Steve Burley in Chewton, Victoria.

Similar Stories

Style It Make It

Styling with Colour and Texture

We explore bedroom styling with colour and texture, in partnership with Sheridan Australia.

Studio Visit

Studio Onethirty

Sydney-based designer Sarah Kalidis takes us through her playful new range.
Elle Murrell

Shopping

New Linens and Wallpaper from Willie Weston

Beautiful new textiles and wallpaper from the local social enterprise, working with Indigenous artists in remote Australian communities.
Elle Murrell