x Elbe Textiles
Lauren Boyle is the talent behind Elbe Textiles, whose sustainable and slow fashion business encourages people to make their own clothing to understand the effort and reward that goes into the creation of a garment. For this collaboration, I developed the Scattered Stripes print in Mustard, Dusk Blue, Peach and Indigo. Lauren – the Queen of monochrome and unsaturated colour – opted to use Peach & Indigo for this photo shoot, balanced with Cream & Black coordinates.
You can recreate these photographed looks by downloading the Serpentine Hat and Fremantle Pants sewing patterns from Elbe Textiles. Our Scattered Stripes print is available to purchase by the metre from Next State Print on a range of fashion fabrics. We used cotton linen in this collection to hold the shape and structure of these garments, but also love and recommend a Twill Cotton for a lightweight option with softer handle and drape.
Photo: Cat Black Photography, 2018
x Ode to Elma
Featured in the Design Files, our collaboration with Ode to Elma marked the start of our adventures into commercial Interior Design. Evoking carefree summer holidays, our limited edition pendant lamps and framed wall textiles drew on the playful styling of coastal boat sheds and seaside towns in a swoon-worthy colour palette of peony, sherbet and dusk blue. Geometric pattern, organic texture and strong form complimented the light-hearted and playful colours which gave the collection a truly modern feel.
Photo: Penny Lane Photography, 2017
x Christopher Allery
“Embracing the magical properties of photography. The happy accident. The fleeting moment. Rejoicing in beauty. Celebrating the relationship between light and dark, places known and imagined.” (Allery, 2021)
Christopher Allery is a Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist. His practice consists of photography, short fiction, and performance, emphasising an intersection between these mediums. You can peruse a curated series of these atmospheric and lingering images captured by Allery in our Instagram stories where SURFACE 122 fabrics are held, hung and draped.
Photo: Chistopher Allery, 2021, in collaboration with Annie Huii
x Fashion Rev Week
Photographer Shannyn Higgins approached me to collaborate on a fashion textiles shoot as a way to document and present my digital designs on the body. We matched the wallpapered backgrounds with fashion fabrics to play with pattern design across multiple surfaces. I hadn’t sewn for years but was inspired to get back on the machine to join the #whomakesmyclothes movement, for Fashion Revolution Week.
You can recreate this look by downloading the Essendon Bomber sewing pattern Elbe Textiles. A variety of our designs are available to purchase by the metre from Next State Print. We printed on Cotton Twill as a lightweight jacket option, but also love the Cotton Canvas for a heavier-styled wear.
Photo: Shannyn Higgins Photography, 2019
Our collaboration with the lustfully delicious resort and swim label VAMASTYLE – is officially online! Featuring our hand drawn XO pattern (with hidden kisses) in turquoise and royal blue. Designer Kaitie Manani’s sun-drenched label is the perfect summer wanderlust and SS16 Saltwash speaks to free-spirited beach goddesses.
The super flattering Trisara triangle bikini with ruched band bottoms is our favourite look, quickly followed by the La Jolla playsuit. See these, and more, drool-worthy garments worn by a swathe of global influencers on their many overseas adventures. Prepare to get jealous…
Photo: Cait Meyers Photography, 2016
x Ode to Elma
In November 2017 we collaborated with lighting designer Ode to Elma to develop a collection of contemporary interior products for a Pop-Up Shop at The Burrow (formerly Aeso Studios) on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Through our collective vision to create unique design pieces that reflected our love of colour, texture and print we released lamps, artwork and furniture in limited edition textiles and fashion-forward colours, curated alongside a series of original artworks by Melbourne artist, Claire Lefebvre. Featured here is our Dot Dash upholstered Dining Set styled with Ode to Elma’s Liberty Cap Pendant lights and original painting ‘Zeolite’ by Claire.
Photo: Penny Lane Photography, 2017
x Syndicut London
We love the sun, summer and surf, so our collaboration with UK label Syndicut London was a match made in heaven. Their eye-catching trunks mix preppy European style with luxe fabrics and rich detailing to create a premium menswear product. Our two digital surface pattern designs celebrated the time we spent living in tropical Singapore and Bali. ‘Fronds with Benefits’ featured a fresh minty turquoise palm frond pattern with pops of pastel lemon. ‘Summertime Blues’ showcases our signature artmaking – tessellated micro geometric shapes; bold, bright and blue.
Photo: Edd Horder, 2016