Today we’re bringing to you a touch of Australiana, in the form of hand screen printed kids cushions created by graphic designer and print maker, Abby French of Bursaria Workshop. Living on a 100 acre farm near the southern New South Wales town of Braidwood, it is not surprising that Abby’s designs are inspired by nature. She gets up close and personal with our wildlife everyday, which has inspired her to replicate their form on textiles. When not shooing away the local kangaroos from her garden or tending to her family, she ventures down to her shed to get creative.
Melding her love for children’s books and mid century print design with nature, her cushions capture the true form of our local critters. Learning how to sew on her mother’s treadle Singer sewing machine (remember the ones that folded back into their table?), she makes all her cushions and screen prints them with Australian made water based inks which she prints upon a mix of organic cotton and cotton based textiles. Each of the cushions are stuffed with recyled PET fibre too.
Abby’s cushion designs cover all manner of our fauna from the chubby wombat through to sugar gliders, the southern boobok owl, the spikey echidna to the endangered eastern quoll. Not only will they look great in a child’s room, but teaches little minds about our native animals too.