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Eye-Catching Australian Textile Design On Show

TDF Design Awards

Textile design is a thriving industry in Australia, there are just so many talented designers in this space, working across fashion, homewares, soft furnishings, floor coverings, and industrial applications.

Spanning one-off textile designs to entire collections, and from fashion to homewares products, our TDF Design Award for Textile Design will spotlight one distinctive textile project, as judged by Lisa Gorman of Gorman and Bonnie Ashley of Bonnie & Neil. Today, we share the shortlist!

5th August, 2019

Figgoscope Curates, Prima Familia Totems. Photo – Jonathon Grigg.

Teresa Ceberek for Tsar Carpets. Photo – Lillie Thompson.

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Monday 5th August 2019

Marta Figueiredo AKA Figgoscope Curates – Prima Familia Totems

A series of captivating human-scale sculptures and whimsical ottomans. Produced in traditional Portuguese burel (100% felted wool) fabrics, the Figgoscope Curates range heroes bold hues and 3D acoustic patterns.

 

Teresa Ceberek for Tsar Carpets – X-Materiality Collection

These two hand-tufted rug-cum-art-pieces mimic natural landscapes, creating a soft sensory experience for the user/viewer. At once playful, commanding and refined, Teresa’s designs challenge conventional ideas of what floor coverings can be.

Cassie Byrnes, Tourist. Photo – Rod Pilbeam.

Julie White & The Ghan, 90th Anniversary Scarf.  LEFT: Photo – Simon Upton. Styling – Jana Pokorny. RIGHT: Photo – Julie White.

Julie White & The Ghan, 90th Anniversary Scarf.  LEFT: Photo – Simon Upton. Styling – Jana Pokorny. RIGHT: Photo – Julie White.

Cassie Byrnes – Tourist

Featuring six print designs in natural, biodegradable fabrics, this fashion collection from the much-loved Melbourne-based designer melds childhood memories of growing up in North Queensland, with vivid iconography.

 

Julie White + The Ghan – Anniversary Range

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic train journey, Julie teamed up with The Ghan to design a ‘Ghanniversary’ silk scarf and pocket squares (plus a one-off promotional gown). Her design sees the corporate camel logo reinterpreted and elevated with hand-drawn flair.

Georgina Whigham, Woven Bag Series. Photo – Victoria Zschommler. Styling – Natalie Turnbull.

Georgina Whigham, Woven Bag Series. Photo – Victoria Zschommler. Styling – Natalie Turnbull.

Esther Sandler, Togetherness. Photo – Michaela Barca.

Esther Sandler, Togetherness. Photo – Michaela Barca.

Georgina Whigham – Woven Bag Series

Emulating characteristics of a plastic bag, yet seeking to counteract throwaway mass-produced connotations, Georgina’s linen and cotton bags are and ode to craftsmanship. The designs are handwoven in Canberra.

 

Esther Sandler – Togetherness

Esther has produced a range of garments showcasing unique handwriting, abstracted botanical motifs, and geometric shapes. The designs explore contrast: where land meets sea, desert meets forest, and city meets the untouched.

Natalie Ryan, Meander Designs Belgian Cotton Linen Cushions. 

Georgia Cannon, Style Revolutionary Rug Collection. Photo – Rachel Schurmann. 

Natalie Ryan – Meander Designs Belgian Cotton Linen Cushions

This range of rustic, oatmeal cotton/linen cushions is locally printed. Natalie’s designs are adorned with painterly watercolour motifs that hero Australia’s unique flora, from iconic eucalyptus leaves to geometric banksia flowers.

 

Georgia Cannon – Style Revolutionary Rug Collection

This collection of rugs in flatwoven wool or jute are inspired by abstract watercolours interpretations of visiting New Zealand bushlands. Georgia’s range is further influenced by a love of mid-century design.

Rachel Castle, Sweet Pea Bedlinen. Photo – Pablo Viega. Styling – Louella Boitell-Gill.

Sophie Matson, Købn Summer. Photo – Sean Fennessey. Styling – Kristy Barros.

Sophie Matson, Købn Summer. Photo – Sean Fennessey. Styling – Kristy Barros.

Rachel Castle – Sweet Pea Bedlinen Range

The Sydney-based artist and designer offers up an Australian answer to Marimekko and Liberty designs. Rachel’s bedlinen incorporates playful floral and spot repeat patterns in energetic colourways.

 

Sophie Matson – Købn Summer

Sophie’s latest beach towel, hand towel and plush bath mat collection puts an unexpected twist on new season stripes. The range draws on the colour play of Mexican architect Luis Bargain, high contrast metals, natural hues and chalky pastels.

 

ALL the info on shortlisted entrants in all categories can be found on the TDF Design Awards website!

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