Home Decor Interview:
You have to give Lara Cameron a lot of respect. After finishing up college at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, Lara went to work for herself... and hasn't stopped since.
Chalk it up to her creativity and artistic talents, but Lara never saw herself working in an office cubicle as a drone. She eventually started a blog called Kirin Notebook on textiles, and that has since blossomed into Ink and Spindle, a textile business she started with two other friends. That labor of love has been Lara's focus for some time now, and she was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk to us today.
Lara creates what YOU need in order to create. Huh? She'll explain below, so please read on. After that, please stop by her websites and pay her a visit! On to the questions...
Hi! My name is Lara and I’m a Melbourne based textile designer and screen printer. I have a range of screen printed textiles that we print in-house at Ink & Spindle.
2. Our readers are mainly interested in home decor and ideas to beautify their homes. As a textile designer, what would you say are the most popular uses for the textiles you design for your customers, and in what ways can they enhance a home’s natural decor?
My textiles are often used for items like cushions, lamps
and also lightweight upholstery projects.
3. Please take a moment to tell us briefly about your newest venture, Ink and Spindle.
Ink & Spindle is our new yardage screen printing table! It is a joint venture between myself and fellow textile designers Bianca van Meeuwen and Tegan Rose. Bianca and I were previously designing and producing textiles through another print house, and we decided why not do it ourselves? We now have a greater control over the process, the quality of output, and it’s so nice to have a hands on involvement in the process!
It is apparent from your blog posts and photographs that what you do is a lot of
hard work, both creatively and physically.
It is indeed a lot of hard work! Bianca, Tegan and I hand
screen print all the fabrics ourselves on a 10m table. There’s a lot of physical
work involved – printing, mixing inks, washing screens, rolling out fabrics,
hoisting fabrics to dry, etc etc etc.
But, it’s definitely worth all the hard work, it’s so satisfying to have your own creative space and be involved in the process on all levels. And it’s great traveling to markets and shows where we get to engage with our customers face to face. It’s a lot of fun.
Some of our readers may be intrigued by the idea of using textiles to decorate
their homes, but may not know where to begin.
Hmmm, I’m not sure what advice to give here! I would just say choose from the heart. Start simple with cushions or lamps or make wall canvasses. Choose designs that resonate with you and fit well with your colour scheme. And where possible choose organic or sustainable textiles and alternatives to mass produced textiles (of course I’d say that!).
Lara, thanks again for talking with us. For the last question, we always like
to ask our guests how they first got into their line of work and what initially
interested them in it. In your case, you fell into it almost by accident.
It does feel a little like I ended up here accidentally. I
found I had an interest in designing patterns, and then when seeking an
application for my designs textiles was actually the most viable. Although when
I think back I’ve always had a keen interest in textiles and screen printing, so
I think it was a case of all these pieces subconsciously coming together.
you have it. Lara can provide you with the tools you need to make
wonderful creations. All it takes is your brain and her textiles, and the
rest is up to you!
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