When Lauren and Kass of Crossing Threads decided to launch an Instagram account as a way to document their creative process, Lauren (who comes from a marketing and branding background) suggested that they ‘treat it like the real thing’ and workshop an identity to go with it. And as it turns out, it IS the real thing!
Kass and Lauren’s woven creations are textural and abundant. The sisters use their unique skills to breathe new life into natural fibres, and are committed to a ‘zero-waste’ philosophy. ‘We source up-cycled and discontinued fabrics, ropes and other non-traditional fibres’, the pair explain, adding ‘all the off-cuts and scrap yarn we accumulate get sent off to a local spinner who then spins the fibres into new, bespoke yarn.’
The creative sisters were inseparable in their childhood. ‘Either one of us was one step ahead and the other just one step behind,’ reflects Lauren, ‘we did everything together!’ Coming from a family of hard workers, they credit their own work ethic to watching their parents and grandparents, who travelled to Sydney from the Philippines in pursuit of greater opportunities. Their grandfather was a cartographer/calligraphist, and their father is an architect who ‘sews, cooks, and can build practically anything from scratch’ – including the large custom looms the girls use. Meanwhile, their Mum was a talented seamstress – ‘some of my fondest memories are accompanying Mum to source fabrics and sequins for our dance costumes,’ Kass says, ‘then watching both our parents tag-team at sequencing and beading!’
With a following of over 30k on Instagram and a growing list of clients, Lauren and Kass are ready to up the ante. ‘Working in a corporate environment can be rewarding but somewhat stressful,’ Kass admits, ‘this year I am pushing towards turning this part-time fibre art gig into a full-time career.’