Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rik & Stan

Our buddy Gary over at Tane Furniture Design has done it again! Check out the latest gorgeous vintage pieces he has brought back to life with our prints! We are particularly excited about this job because not only did he order meterage in custom colourways, but he also finished these pieces mere weeks after receiving the textiles. It's so nice seeing the end result so soon after pulling the fabric off the printing table.

Let us introduce, 'Slick Rik', the ladies man:

'Slick Rik' reupholstered in custom Birch in Olive colourway by Tane

'Slick Rik' - detail

'Slick Rik' - arms and legs being brought back to life

'Slick Rik' reupholstered in custom Birch in Olive colourway by Tane

And also introducing 'Big Stan and Little Stan':

'Big & Little Stan', reupholstered in custom Wrens in Charcoal by Tane

'Big & Little Stan' - arms and legs being sanded back

'Big & Little Stan' - gluing Big Stan back together

'Big & Little Stan' - detail

Thank you so much again Gary for making our textiles look so gorgeous!!

xx Lara & Teegs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Open Studio Saturday December 15th!

Photo by Rebekah Lyn Photography

Would you believe it? It's our last Open Studio for 2012! Where has this year gone?? Join us for morning tea, a printing demo and a shop full of textiles and wares as we farewell a busy, enlightening, progressive and inspiring 2012.

Hope to see you there!

Lara & Teegs xx

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nepal fair trade fundraising AUCTION!

Leuca Duvet cover - up for Auction right now. Help raise funds for a fair trade enterprise in Nepal!

Some of you might know this already, but whilst Teegs is off doing her residency in Mexico (she's back next week!) I am preparing for a trip of my own - to Nepal!

In December/January I am heading off on a study tour of the main fair trade enterprises in Nepal. Over 20 days, our group of 15 will be visiting, learning, volunteering and getting inspired. The trip is run by Steph Woollard, founder of Seven Women -  a not for profit enterprise that employs marginalised and disadvantaged women to make handcrafted items that are sold in Australia. Read more about my trip (and see some gorgeous photos of the women at work) over at my blog!

But, I NEED YOUR HELP! One of our tasks before we go is to raise some money for one of the enterprises we will be visiting. We each get to decide which enterprise to donate our raised money to once we get there, which is pretty exciting. I'm sure this will be a tough decision since they will all be very worthy causes!

SO, in collaboration with the VERY lovely and generous Olivia of Moochie Lou, we have made one very gorgeous, ethical, organic duvet cover to auction off for this very good cause!

Leuca Duvet cover - up for Auction right now. Help raise funds for a fair trade enterprise in Nepal!

Leuca Duvet cover - up for Auction right now. Help raise funds for a fair trade enterprise in Nepal!

Leuca Duvet cover - up for Auction right now. Help raise funds for a fair trade enterprise in Nepal!

Here's the nitty gritty:

Up for auction - 1 x queen sized duvet cover with two matching 45cm cushions, total value $465. The flat sheet and pillow cases are not included but can be supplied for an additional cost (they're 100% organic cotton!).

Bidding - the reserve price is $200, bids can be made in the comments section of this post ONLY. Bids via phone/email/facebook can't be accepted.

Bidding closes - Bidding closes at 5pm AEST, Monday 3rd December! Bids timestamped after 5pm will not be accepted, sorry!

Payment - you will receive details on how to pay if you are the winner. We prefer Direct Deposit, but if you choose to pay by Credit Card or Paypal there'll be a little bit of an extra fee on top. Postage is free if you're in Australia, but you'll need to contribute to postage if you're from overseas.

And that's it! Happy bidding, and THANK YOU!

xx Lara.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mel & Bernie, Fitz & Roy

Our talented furniture making friend has done it again - check out these gorgeous vintage Danish dining chairs, lovingly refurbished by Gary from Tane Furniture Design.

We love the way Gary has a bit of fun with his photoshoots and the naming of his pieces... Fitz & Roy - hah!

Mel & Bernie, Fitz & Roy - Vintage Danish dining chairs in Wrens and Trams & Bicycles

Vintage Danish dining chairs refurbished by Tane Furniture Design

Vintage Danish dining chairs refurbished by Tane Furniture Design

Vintage Danish dining chairs refurbished by Tane Furniture Design

xx Lara

New bundles in the shop!

New offcuts bundles in the shop

Whenever there's a spare moment in the studio I really quite enjoy taking our fabric scraps, grouping them by colour and making these bundles. I possibly enjoy this a little too much. But I love that nothing goes to waste around here, and love the thought that these odd shaped pieces will go to a nice home. Slightly obsessive? Maybe.

Three fabric bundle - blues

We also made a couple of new three fabric bundles in blues and greens which are up in the shop now too.

Three fabric bundle - greens

Hope you like!

x Lara.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tane Furniture Design - Reloved Collection

Oooh we do get very excited when something like this turns up in our inbox.

Edna chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Ginkgo in Copper & Rust

A few months ago the very lovely Gary from Tane Furniture Design visited our studio to select fabrics for a new collection he has been working on - beautifully restored & reupholstered pieces of mid-century furniture. Gary designs furniture "with an emphasis on sustainability, through material choices, longevity, restoration and the dis-assembly of products." That's exactly what we like to hear!

Here are more gorgeous photos of the pieces Gary has restored using our fabrics. The Charlie chair has been sold already to a very happy customer, but Edna is still for sale :)

Edna chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Ginkgo in Copper & Rust

Edna chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Ginkgo in Copper & Rust

Charlie chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Wrens in Greylead

Charlie chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Wrens in Greylead

Charlie chair by Tane Furniture Design - featuring Wrens in Greylead

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Farewell Inklet SALE!

Trams & Bicycles Tee in Apple Jack (photograph by Rebekah Lyn)

It's time to say farewell to our beloved little Inklet label! It's a little bit sad, but not too sad because we're heading off to do new and exciting things. Dana, our co-conspirator and production-manager-extraordinaire is in the process of setting up a hair and make-up salon on Errol St in North Melbourne with her friend Poppy. How exciting is that! Dana's other brand Lady Day is growing in leaps and bounds, so this is such a fantastic move for her. And North Melbourne is such a great area to work and/or live. Congrats Dana & Poppy!

The sale is on in our shop right now for the next week or so. Once these items are gone they're gone for good! You'll still be able to find our range with select stockists around Melbourne but we are selling through all our studio/online shop stock. So head on over and snap up a little piece of organic, local and ethical cuteness before it's all gone :)

Trams & Bicycles Onesie in Jet Black

Pirates & Sea Creatures Tee in Almond

And lots more over here :)

xx Lara, Dana and Teegs

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

4th birthday thank you!

The print demo about to begin - photo by Terence Ong

Just a quick thank you to everyone who came to the studio last Saturday to help celebrate our 4th birthday!! Copious sandwiches and cupcakes were consumed and enjoyed by all - big thanks to those visitors who were roped into helping with our last minute sandwich making effort!

Also big thanks to the lovely Terence (and his gorgeous little family) for taking such lovely pics from the day - so nice to have these memories captured.

Smoothing out those wrinkles - photo by Terence Ong

Old faithful Birch screen ready for the first print - photo by Terence Ong

So many people in so little space - photo by Terence Ong

Claudia's Mr Nice Guy cupcake about to meet it's fate - photo by Terence Ong

Jump Arnaud, jump! - photo by Terence Ong

xx Lara & Teegs

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A case of mono

Monochrome, timber & mustard - experimenting with styling

Colour is everywhere right now. In all the stores and on all the blogs. And as much as we appreciate these splashes of brightness, Teegs and I still much prefer a bit of monochrome. Especially when it's coupled with warm timber tones and a bit of mustard! It's not very "summer" I know, but we love it all the same.

The other thing I've been enjoying is playing around with styling. I've always enjoyed photography and making nice interior spaces, but I've never actually tried to "style" a shoot. I have to say at this point: THIS IS NOT HOW MY HOME LOOKS AT ALL. You'd actually laugh if you could see what's behind the camera in this shot - all our usual living room furniture and things crammed up against the opposite wall, my house mates relegated to armchairs pushed into the corners to eat their dinner and read their books.

Monochrome, timber & mustard - experimenting with styling (circle shelf by Bride & Wolfe, rug by Armadillo & Co)

I had quite a lot of fun setting up this shoot, and can't wait to do it again! Of course, all the textiles in this shot are available in our shop, and you can buy the finished cushions if you don't feel like making them yourselves!

Birch in Black 45cm cushion

Blockprint in Black, meterage

Leuca & Ginkgo 45cm cushions

xx Lara.

Monday, October 8, 2012

4th Birthday & Open Studio - With Cupcakes!

Hey everyone, we are super excited to celebrate the fact that our baby (I&S) is turning 4! FOUR!!

We can hardly believe it's been 4 whole years since the very first 5m run of Robin's Egg Birch came off our printing table. Amazing how time flies.

So to help us celebrate, please come for tea & cupcakes this Saturday the 13th from 11am until 2pm at I&S HQ!

There will be the usual print demo, chats, fabric for sale, but this time with ADDED MR NICE GUY CUPCAKES!! Yay!

Hope to see you there!

xx L&T

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Make ALL THE things

It's getting to that time of year when folks are starting to think about gifts for their loved ones, and the best kind of gift is one that you made yourself, right? Especially with fabric that is locally and ethically made and all that good shiz.

If you think like we do, then you'll appreciate the new things we've popped in the shop to assist your creative endeavours!

Sew your own cushion kit + printed fabric of your choice

These cushion kits always seem to sell like hotcakes at our Open Studio events, so we finally got around to listing them in our online shop! The kit includes plain backing fabric, a heavy duty invisible zip and super easy to follow instructions. You can choose any printed fabric from our shop to match.

Three fabric bundle - blues & greens

We've made 5 different colourways of these bundles, each featuring three 45x45cm "fat quarter" pieces. Perfect for cushions or quilting or whatever sewing project takes your fancy.

Three fabric bundle - rust

Three fabric bundle - greys

And last but not least...

Bundle of offcuts

Bundles of offcuts! Always super popular in our studio but kind of hard to list online due to their one-of-a-kind nature. But this time we had enough to make 6 identical bundles, so they're up in the shop! Enjoy :)

xx Lara & Teegs.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


A sale is a great way to say thank you.

It's just a mere 3 weeks to go before Teegs heads off to her Artists Residency in Mexico & we wanted to thank all of you for your support, not just for helping her achieve this life changing goal, but also to each of you who has in some way, big or small, supported us over the last 4 or so years.

We are a part of a welcoming, encouraging & supportive community and genuinely feel like it's thanks to you, our wonderful customers & dear friends, that we get to continue to build our little studio up.


Please use the following discount code: I&S_THANKYOU2012

This small token of our appreciation is valid until midnight Sunday 30st Sept and applies to ALL medium weight, by-the-metre textiles in our Online Shop!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Elissa's Thornbury home

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of visiting the lovely home of one of our customers! Elissa lives in Thornbury with her growing young family, and the windows of 4 of her rooms are adorned with our fabrics as both curtains and blinds! I was so chuffed to see our prints in all these different contexts, and also so glad to meet such a happy customer. It's this sort of thing that gives so much meaning to what we do.

Photos galore below!

Large Birch curtains in the children's room, much loved by the kids!

Kangaroo Paw roman blind in the living room

Flowering Gum curtains in the master bedroom

Leuca roman blind in the spare bedroom

All curtains and blinds made by the lovely folk at Bradley's, of course!

As an added bonus, a friend of Elissa's took all the leftover fabric scraps and turned them into gorgeous cushions and this lovely reupholstered chair! I love that nothing's gone to waste :)

Elissa's Large Birch chair - made from leftover fabric from the curtains

Thanks again so much Elissa for letting me visit your lovely home :)

xx Lara.