Here’s my round-up of some of the best places to source Australian themed fabric from independent small businesses:
The Definatalie Spoonflower shop is run by Queenslander Natalie Perkins. Think cute pink iced vovos and vibrant Australian birds. She also runs an online shop called Fancy Lady Industries, which stocks her handmade laser cut jewellery and patches.
Ink and Spindle
We a love for Australia’s native flora and fauna, Melbourne based Ink and Spindle sell hand printed designs on ethically sourced textiles. The colours are printed using water-based solvent free inks on material like organic cotton, hemp, yak and linen. The designs include kangaroo paws, ferns with wattle, kookaburras, Daintree fan palms, wrens, Moreton Bay Fig, correa, Waratahshs and more.
Merrin Dorothy design are based off hand-painted illustrations and sells them on the Make Merriness Spoonflower shop. The fabric is covered fairy bread, easter bilby, bubble o bill and other iconic Aussie ice creams. The teenie teddies are totes cute. My favourite range are the different colour combinations of the golden wattle.
Mount Vic and Me
Kara Cooper has designed a range for her Mount Vic and Me Spoonflower shop based in Blue Mountains. Lots of modern colours featuring galahs, Australian botanicals, black cockatoos, proteas, Waratahs, cockatoos, fairy-wrens, and native flora still life.
She can also be found on her own website of the same name, Mount Vic and Me: http://mountvicandme.com/
Next State Print
If you are after bold colours and graphics, then Next State Print might be what you are looking for. In their Australian themed range they have:
- Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, Wildflowers, Black Cockatoo Silhouette designed by Kelly Kratzing
- Humpback Whales by Angie Hollister
- Happy Little (Vegemite on toast) on different coloured backgrounds by Ellie Whittaker
Have I missed any of your favourite Australian creating patriotic designs for fabric?