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Saturday, 1 August 2009

Studio Assistants & Giveaways

I have missed blogging this week but it really has been a busy time. In between moving the last of my belongings from the old studio yesterday; I have been training eager helpers to print the new organic cotton canvas fabrics with me.

Meet Karen Gaffney from
Dragonfly Interiors who is also a trained interior decorator. You can see her screen-printing here with great concentration and you also have a peek at our new striped canvas in the yellow & white colourway.

I met Karen after sending out my monthly
VIP e-news. I was looking for a screen-printing trainee preferably with a background in interior design/decoratoring and Karen had wanted to learn how to screen-print fabrics for some time. Is that fate or what?

Karen has a soft spot for dragonflies, okay it's really an obsession and she is currently giving away a lovely coffee set on her
blog; available in your choice of red or blue. Karen imports hand-made ceramics and silk lanterns from Vietnam.

My other lovely assistant is my cousin Eleni Papadatos. Eleni is a natural-born screen-printer and THE colour queen! This girl can mix any ink colour in no time and is currently studying graphic design at
Southbank TAFE. To find out more about Eleni and to follow her new blog, please visit Curlyhead Design (I wonder how she came up with that name?)

Karen, Eleni and I did attend the ABCD (Brisbane Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers) evening on Thursday and it was fabulous! It was wonderful to catch up with old and new friends. Unfortunately, I was unable to take any photos on the evening but you can see some great images of the evening over at

I did manage to take a photo of some of the lavender pillows I made for the goody bags. Nothing like a good aroma for people to remember you by. The fabrics were various printed off-cuts and the lavender was sourced from a farm that organically grows it.

As you may know, I give away a mystery prize at the end of every month to one of my followers as a way of saying thank you. I am a day late but I used to choose follower no. 121 who is Tess Curran of A Beautiful Calamity. I have met Tess as she is a Brisbane girl who works as a freelance journalist, particularly for one of our favourites; Peppermint Mag.

It's funny how good karma goes around as I also won a blog giveaway this week for being a follower of Emjie. You can see the adorable owl I won from her blog here. Thank you Melissa! Funnily enough, Emjie will also be receiving a gift from me for signing up at my Pay It Forward post.

I will be at the
Young Designers Market tomorrow so please come and say hello if you are in the Southbank neighbourhood. I will have a bargain bin of hand-printed goodies plus the new printed organic leggings. New products for sale at the market and to be posted here soon include hand-printed placemats.

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Steph Bond @ Bondville said...

Thea, it was so great to have you, Eleni and Karen at the Brisbane ABCD Meetup on Thursday. The lavender pillows were the hit of the night!

Emjie said...

Thanks for the props in your post. I am glad to hear that Hoo Owl has landed safely. Have a great weekend.

Trish Goodfield said...

I think your Colour Mixing Queen needs a crown.

Kylie said...

Wow! Looks like you've been super busy, Thea! Are you still doing the crochet class on Tuesday? Hope to see you there. K

Gina said...

Ooh, ooh, how have I not found you until now?!
I'm loving the sound of printed leggings. And I love your fabrics!

Dragonfly said...

Hi Thea, thanks for mentioning my giveaway! Maybe some of your followers will have a dragonfly obsession too!!!
I'm loving my lavender pillow, thanks again!

tess said...

Oh yey, how exciting! Yes I will definitely try and pop by the markets tomorrow and see you :) Have been meaning to go to the YDM for ages!
Thanks so so much!!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Nice to meet your happy helpers!! Off to try my luck at the giveaway :)

Thea said...

Thank you all for commenting.
I won't have time to learn how to crochet this year, I'm afraid.
A special hello to Gina, nice to know that somebody has newly discovered Thea & Sami.

Oliveaux said...

The stripe looks fabulous! What talent! Have a fabulous day at the markets. Ax

Pesky Cat Designs said...

Your fabrics are gorgeous! Loved getting a glimpse into your studio and meeting your helpers. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Nikki Cardigan said...

How great for you and your business to have 2 women you admire and respect working with you.

Dallas Shaw said...

love love love the blue- happy to have found your blog.

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