Alongside many of our Estethica favourites this season including People Tree, From Somewhere, and Makepiece, we were delighted to see some fresh fashion talent on these UK shores in the form of Bird Textiles from Australia. Their eye catching prints and popping colours certainly brought some southern hemisphere sunshine to the show. After Warren's post on Bird back in 2006 it is great to see the brand going from strength to strength, not only on the fashion front, but also feathering our nests with their homeware collection.
Unique Organic Textiles
We love Bird Textiles totally unique prints on SKAL/CUC certified organic fabrics, which are all hand printed in Australia using water-based dyes. Designer Rachel Bending says that after starting the Slingfings brand she saw a massive opportunity to create her own printed textiles, as there was such a restricted range of eco-textiles available on the market. Her influences of Japanese wood block prints and Scandanavian textile design, combined with an Australian sensibility has created a distinctly upbeat fashion flavour, evident in Bird's funky pop art styling.
Waste Not Want Not
Rachel Bending also spoke enthusiastically about running a fashion and homewares collection alongside each other. They work well together as the off cuts from the fashion designs can be used in a myriad of ways for the homewares collection, from cushions to tablerunners and napkins. While maintaining Slingfings Climate Neutral status with solar powered production Bird Textiles also has an absolute waste not want not culture, even the smallest scraps of fabric are used to create pretty brooches, one of Bird's best selling products.
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