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Last year I slotted in on the judging panel for the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. Just like the year before, it was thrilling to see the short lists and degree of talent in the locally submitted work (bodes well New Zealand!!). While Bolt of Cloth provide a version of heaven for fabric loving makers and decorators; I tip my hat to their committed effort at spotlighting domestic design talent with this ongoing project. Of course, there was one entry that rose to the top for all three of

Above: Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award Winner 2016 – Hilary Knox! Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle Magazine ……. Last year I was lucky to be given the opportunity to help in judging the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. I’ve been an eager witness to the winning designs from the years previous and to be allowed to officially offer an opinion was a new and exciting thing for me! I met with Bolt of Cloth chiefess; Suz Tonascia in their Christchurch HQ where we methodically worked through their

Introducing some fresh new NZ design talent to you all! Wellington design student; Maddie Morton came out with the winning collection entered into the annual Bolt of Cloth textile competition (previous winner was Josie Dawson). I LOVE the fresh colour palette and ultra detailed hand drawn pattern inspired by Wellington’s busy and vibrant Cuba Street. Read on below to learn more about Maddie and her winning work with thanks to Homestyle magazine and their feature appearing in this months issue. Like what you see? Perhaps you would like to win a

I was introduced to the super interesting and creative make/use project just last week by photographer Bonny Stewart- MacDonald. In fact…her own post on make/use combined with the story behind the beautiful imagery she has created for them is so good and clear that I’m not going to mess with it!! “make/use is the ongoing research project of Holly McQuillan and the creative forces she collaborates with. Through the use of patterns and stencils that McQuillan has made open source, anyone (and I mean anyone, the process is genius) can create

Those with a keen eye on the down under design scene may have recently spotted flashes of this beautiful new accessories textiles collection. While we have come to expect our magpie eyes to recognise the colours and shapes often synonymous with Australian textile design duo; Kate & Kate, their new “Carnival” collection has a little more of a twist to it! “Carnival captures the joy of gathering together, the convivial delights of a shared table, a picnic under the shade of a gumtree; all with the homely embrace of luxurious

Waiheke Island really is the jewel in the Auckland regions crown. Just 40 minutes on a speedy ferry and you are transported from the city to the rolling isle whose bays play host to luxury modern homes and low-key coastal boltholes alike. Its in a ridge hugging bach that artist Melissa Sharplin has taken up residence to work on a new collection. After being a not so subtle online stalker of her work for years I jumped at the opportunity to visit and was more than a little blown away at

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