Friday, July 27, 2012


The shoot - location courtesy of Manysquaremetres

DMT is one of the few events of the year that gives us a swift kick up the proverbial to get things done. All those pesky creative things on our to-do list like "design new prints" and "upholster some chairs" and "do a proper photo shoot". Most days we just tend to find ourselves pushing the squeegee around and using MYOB and replying to emails. And more emails.

So, we're pretty darn excited to finally show you a bit of newness. Prints, cushions, furniture - all captured with some pretty photos. Fun times!

Introducing three new textile prints (that's right, three!). Grevillea Superb, Watercolour Stripe and Blockprint.

New prints on cushions

Grevillea in Mustard 60cm cushion (ceramics by Abby Seymour)

Blockprint 45cm cushions

Here they are as meterage in the shop (now with added spiel!):

Grevillea Superb

Grevillea Superb in Portello

Grevillea Superb in Mustard & Greylead

The spiel: Drawn from life and enlarged in scale, the Grevillea design was conceived when Tegan picked these stems from her front garden on the way to work one morning. Both colours in this design are printed from a single screen - the second colour is printed with the screen rotated 180 degrees and offset by half a repeat.

Watercolour Stripe

Watercolour Stripe in Toffee

Watercolour Stripe in Moss

The spiel: Watercolour stripe is all about celebrating texture and process. Painted watercolour stripes have been scanned, halftoned and enlarged, resulting in a textural print that is beautiful both at a distance and up close. Both colours have been printed from a single screen, with a 180 degree rotation.


Blockprint in Juniper

Blockprint in Persimmon

The spiel: Blockprint pays homage to one of the most simple yet satisfying forms of printmaking - the lino print. Cut, printed, scanned, then turned into a screen, Blockprint combines the beautiful irregularities of linoprinting with the precision of screenprinting.

Hope you like!

xx Lara & Teegs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Design Made Trade 2012

Whew! Design Made Trade is done and dusted. We had an absolutely fantastic time, but needless to say we're pretty exhausted right now. The studio this morning looked like a bomb site (as did our email inbox) so the day has been spent putting everything right again. It's nice to be home and getting back to usual programming. Thank you to everyone who came down to say hello and showed an interest in our wares!

Despite the fact that it's nigh impossible to take decent photos at trade shows, here are a few snaps of our stand. We're pretty happy with how the stand came together. It's the "Ink & Spindle living room" as we like to call it, although it's much nicer than any of our own living rooms that's for sure!

The Ink & Spindle stand at Design Made Trade 2012

Lara's sideboard getting some cushion-love (and rug by Patchy Rugs)

New prints!

A pair of refurbished Fler armchairs upholstered in Grevillea, and some Flowering Gum curtains by Bradleys

pair of refurbished Fler armchairs upholstered in Grevillea (and ceramics by Abby Seymour)

Also a big thank you to Grandfather's Axe for hiring us some of the furniture.

xx Lara & Teegs.

P.S. - our new prints (Grevillea, Watercolour and Blockprint) will be available in our shop this week! Stay tuned for more info!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Design Made Trade 2012!

Hey folks,

We're pretty darn excited to be attending Design Made Trade again this year! As far as trade shows go, this one is a total winner. It has a fantastic line up of local established designers, it's in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building, and it runs for 4 days; two of which are open to the public and we're allowed to retail our wares.

I highly, highly recommend you come visit! We're pretty excited about how our stand is coming together and we'd love for you to come see it in person if you can.

It starts later THIS WEEK. Here's some deets!

Design Made Trade
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Trade days: Thursday 19th & Friday 20th July
Trade & Public days: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July.

Hope to see you there!

xx Lara & Teegs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Traditional Mexican Textile Artist Residency

Hello lovely blog readers!

We have some rather exciting news - Teegs has been selected to spend 4 weeks over Oct/Nov *IN MEXICO* studying traditional methods of textile production with local artisans.

Yuh, we know - A.MAZ.ING.

But she needs your help to fund it. If you are able, please pledge some $$ in return for some ace rewards - check out the super cute video over on Pozible.


Video and editing by the uber talented Romesh De Silva.

Music by The Twoks!

You have supported us so much on our journey with I&S and we are so thankful for every lovely comment, shared page, piece of fabric bought, Open Studio visit & kind word. We couldn't have done it without you, and you're the reason we keep doing it. We hope you will continue on the journey with us.

So thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For everything.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Design Files gets a New Look!

Surely you've heard??

The ever-lovely Lucy of the ever-fabulous The Design Files has launched her spanky new website and to celebrate she is giving away some very amazing prizes this week!

Head on over to her website to enter the draw for this AWESOME LOOM RUG! How ace is it??  It has a definite Mexican vibe, which we are completely in love with.

Go enter & don't forget to check back every day this week for more treasures.