The pandemic marked the start of new beginnings for many creatives, including textile designer Jarnah Montersino. After finishing her Bachelor of Textile Design in RMIT in 2019, she says the impact of Covid-19 pushed her towards her ‘long-term goal’ of starting Mont Studio.
‘I had wanted to create a business that could contribute thoughtful patterned fabrics, while blurring the line between art and design,’ Jarnah says.
‘I’ve increasingly realised the profound impact that art and design have in affecting our environments and therefore the experience of people. Textile and surface design, in its myriad forms, can be a way to share stories, feelings and ideas.’
While the career change wasn’t without its difficulties, Jarnah forged her own path with the support of her family, and hasn’t looked back!
Jarnah begins her creative process with a sketch, collage or painting. Her designs then get digitised, and the pattern creation begins, before being sent off to the digital printers for tests. This hands-on, local approach also enables a highly sustainable business model, where every metre of fabric is printed on demand, to avoid excess waste.
‘By providing made-to-order fabric and products that are printed and produced locally, I avoid waste and allow the demand of the customers to decide the production quantities,’ the designer explains.
Jarnah’s latest range for Mont Studio draws on ‘simple moments’. ‘It is centred on collecting shapes and exploring the simplicity of the lines and forms in everyday experiences, the beauty in the background of life,’ she says. Geometric and abstract shapes meet textural linens, patterned wallpapers and rustic hand-built vessels. Stunning!