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Mothers Day Gift Ideas May 2, 2019 12:56 1 Comment

With Mothers Day just around the corner and an office full of Mum's, we asked a couple of them what their top picks from our current collection are!

Our production manager, Delia - Mum to four and "Marnie" to six grandkids.

Longline Sleeveless Shawl cardigan : $199
It's Delia's pick because "It'll hide the 'chocolate box' that you also got with it!!" - a super versatile piece that you can dress up-or-down, it looks great with jeans but even better when you style it up over a dress or slim fitting skirt. Available in our favourite AW19 colours of charcoal, burgundy and forest green, it's the perfect piece to team with our classic top styles.

 

Rosemary, looks after our online order fulfilment - Mum to two girls and "Nan Rose" to two more little girls.

Cropped Waterfall Cardigan : $169
"I particularly love this cardigan in the beautiful lilac colour - it's so pretty, soft and easy to wear!" But if pink isn't your mum's "thing", it's also available in very timeless black and navy.

Pippa looks after the socials, our marketing and also recently gave birth to the most beautiful little boy, Charlie! She is also Mum to Sadie who is 3.

3/4 Sleeve Pullover featuring the beautiful 'Hakea' Leaf print : $169
Being able to work with local school girl Kate Rice on this project was a highlight for us all at Woolerina - you can read more about the project here. Pippa says of this piece "I love the unique design and love that it's an Australian native on our Australian Merino wool, made in Australia! I love this style for myself as it's so easy to throw on when I'm heading out the door, making me look stylish even when I'm a bit sleep deprived!"

Wishing all the other lovely Woolerina Mum's a very happy day on Sunday 12th May...we hope that you can use this to pass on some inspiration to your family ;)

Penny. x


The story behind the beautiful 'Hakea' Leaf print March 28, 2019 15:44

We are so excited to have collaborated with local high school student Kate Rice, who has just completed her HSC at Red Bend Catholic College, to create a collection of garments featuring the leaf of the Australian native 'Hakea' plant. The design was hand drawn by Kate and then hand screen printed by Publisher Textiles in Sydney, onto our Merino interlock fabric.

Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

Kate approached Woolerina in 2018 seeking fabric for use in her HSC major textile project. Coming from a farming family, Kate was keen to use merino wool as part of her project; combined with Woolerina's passion for supporting our local community and encouraging the "next generation" into the textile and design industry, it was the perfect fit!

When Kate visited us with her portfolio of designs we were blown away by her talent - the 'Hakea' leaf was just one design amongst many others - and we are thrilled to be able to work with her to commercialise her work. 

Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

The printed collection features two different background colours (navy and lilac) and five styles - a pullover for women, a dress for little girls, a baby wrap, baby cocoon and baby sleeping bag; all are available in both colour ways.

Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

After completing her final year at school in 2018, Kate is now studying a double degree in Design and Visual Arts at the ANU in Canberra with a hope to major in textiles. She has had an interest in art and design from a young age, taking sewing lessons right through primary school! Kate studied Visual Arts in her senior years at high school along with Textiles and Design and Technology. Kate also spends many hours creating cards using hand-drawn calligraphy and lettering which her mum keenly sells for her at work!

For Kate's HSC major work her focus was "to be inspired by and sourced from Australian environments" - she drew on inspiration from native plants due to their unique and beautiful colours and shapes.

Kate chose wool as the base-cloth for her design following extensive research into the sustainable qualities of Merino wool (renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, etc!) - it seemed like the perfect fibre to tie in with her aim to use natural dyes. With the wool industry having a long history of importance to the Australian economy it was also a good fit for Kate's projects focus on Australian resources.

We supplied Kate with 4 metres of 'natural' Merino interlock fabric for her base cloth, which she then chose to colour using natural dyes - Kate trialled onion skins (which came up in shades of oranges), rose petals (dusky pinks), mixed berries (purples) and celery (yellow). Kate settled on the onions for her final colour choice!

Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

Kate transferred her hand drawn design to a small screen which she then used to hand screen print in white ink onto the fabric. It took Kate 6 hours to complete this process onto the 4 metres of fabric!

 Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

Once her fabric was complete, Kate then made a jumpsuit as the final piece for her major project. 

      Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina          Kate Rice "Hakea Leaf" print for Woolerina

Congratulations on your hard work Kate & for working with us - all of us at Woolerina are thrilled with how our collaboration has come together! 

The complete collection of printed garments can be viewed HERE.

Penny. x