Friday, 16 April 2010

Friday Follower - Harvest Textiles

Today's Friday Follower is a team of 3 creative souls that have come together to form the label Harvest Textiles. Melbourne readers will be especially excited to know that the girls teach screen-printing classes on a regular basis. Read on:

1. Who is Harvest Textiles?
Harvest Textiles started late last year and has been been growing very organically; our motto is slow and steady.
Harvest Textiles is made up of
Lara Davies, Jess Wright and Emma Byrnes; three women with a love of textiles and the handmade who come from various backgrounds.

Lara was trained in Fine Art and majored in Drawing. She teaches the screen printing and textile design workshops. Jess is trained as a graphic designer and has worked for many years designing children's wares and now teaches toy-making workshops. Emma has training in Communications and is our business pro, she was a founding member of the organic shop Plump in Yarraville and also happens to be a fantastic photographer and web designer.
We are pretty lucky to have such a diverse range of skills to draw on, which makes it possible to achieve almost everything in house.

2. What do you do?
Harvest Textiles run workshops from our studio that is also the home of Ink and Spindle. We also produce a children's label called Little Harvest that makes hand drawn and hand screen-printed clothing, handmade costumes and handmade contemporary toys. As a brand, we try to use organic, recycled or locally produced fabrics where possible to reduce our impact on the environment. We are passionate about creating products that are not mass produced and made by our own hand.

3. What can participants expect from your class?
Participants can expect to be inspired to use the creative side of their brain in a very fun and relaxed environment. We try to make all of the workshops really enjoyable so people don't feel intimidated. Its really common for people to rock up and feel a bit confronted about doing new things like drawing or printing or sewing. So we make sure the classes draw out these talents that they never knew they had!

In our screen printing classes we make sure we focus as much time on the art of making great designs as we do to general printing techniques. This means people are always really happy with what they print, as I'm sure you know Thea, 99% of a good print is having a fantastic design

4. What are some of your future business plans?
We are planning to release a range of hand-printed children's costumes in early June which we are really excited about. We are also working on some yardage designs for some exciting new garments we have in mind. And Jess is always coming up with new toy designs so I'm always excited about that.

Our journey so far as a business has taken us in many unplanned directions, so who knows what next. We do have to say a big thanks to Ink and Spindle for putting a roof over our head and welcoming us into their hearts even though we were strangers at the time. We have learnt a lot from them about being kind and generous to others in your industry because not everyone in business is like that unfortunately.

5. Is there something interesting you would each like to share that isn't common knowledge?

Ummmmm because we all have children under the age of 6 you can often find us in our studio between 8pm and midnight drinking tea and eating dark chocolate Kit-Kats at the sewing machine. Recently I have started to think that its going to make us all insomniacs...all that caffeine after dark!

Thanks Lara and Harvest Textiles, we look forward to following your progress. If you're in Melbourne, you can see and visit the studio tomorrow at their Open Studio.

All images are courtesy of Harvest Textiles. For more info, see image source from top of bottom: Woollen blanket bats, Little Harvest girls' dresses, Screenprinting class, Amber from first class, Pretty Stencils.


JenMeister said...

What a lovely write up - and thanks for the links!

Posie Patchwork said...

Super lovely style, what a great gal!! Love Posie

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