Natalie Ryan is intoxicated with a love of Australian flora that is conveyed in her paintings. She is well known for her delightful contemporary illustrations including Kangaroo Paws, Wattles, Boronias, Banksias and Grevilleas. Natalie’s childhood love of Australian wildflowers was reignited after completing a botanical painting course at the Royal Botanical Gardens In Melbourne and now she continues her practise in her studio in central Victoria. Her studio, a 1900’s farmhouse with lace veranda is surrounded by a garden that she fills with new subject matter for her own textile ranges ‘Meander’. Previously Natalie Ryan worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne textile studios designing printed and woven fabrics for bed linen and soft furnishings where she developed her keen sense for beautiful products. Circle of Designers were delighted to assist Natalie in producing the scarf ‘Proteaceae’ which features a variety of watercolour Banksia and Grevillea leaf shapes on a very subtle pink blush surrounded by a border inspired by the underside of Banksia blechnifolia leaves. Everything Natalie does is so alluring and imbued with a passion for Australia.
Marilyn Reeman is influenced by sturdy construction and is drawn to the beauty of robust shapes and forms. Marilyn is both an Artist making textiles as well as an Interior Designer with a clear vision. She likes to create one off and limited edition textile pieces so recently teamed up with Circle of Designers. There is no mistaking that Marilyn Reeman’s contrasting neutral palette and her fine woollen scarves are a simply superb collection.
Mixed media artist Ally Bryan of ‘Coloured Space’ designs has always been inspired by her experience of the sea. Ally’s artworks are shaped by the energy and emotion she harnesses from her passion of the ocean and its surroundings. Ally captures vivid light and colour with her many applications of acrylic, watercolour and ink strokes. These three designs Abstract Plant’, ‘Sea Urchin Gems’ and ‘Transformations’ translated onto silk fabric make glorious scarves for Circle of designers don’t you think?
Recently Ally has been involved with a collaboration where she worked with Youth Off The Streets and Sally Mayman on the Northern beaches of Sydney. The exhibition launched on Nov 7th.
Circle of Designers is always working behind the scenes sourcing new qualities of natural fibre textiles to print your designs onto. We are also on the search for low impact GOTS certified dyes. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) sets the Oeko-Tex 100 which is an international certification process and eco-friendly. Generally low impact dyes […]
Watercolour artist Ingrid Bowen is hanging her work alongside ceramicist Larissa Warren in an exhibition called ‘Scripted by Nature’ at Suki and Hugh Gallery Bungendore, 17th Aug – 29th Sept 2019. The artists are exploring the patterns, layers and synergetic cycle of regeneration between earth and forest. Working in ink & watercolour, Ingrid is fascinated […]
In June as part of the Pittwater Artists Trail, Ally Bryan’s exuberant Art work was on display at Newport Community Centre. Ally’s work is influenced in every way, just like her, by the ocean and everything sea. Her lovely display incorporated a new series of seascape paintings. These mixed media artworks evoked the spontaneous energy of the surf and coast life. Another addition that set off the display were her painted found flotsam objects. The silk scarves of her artworks were hung for effect.
Nobody can stop the energetic Claudia Owen from creating her geometric inspirations. She has a vision to change the way we see a surface & in turn creates her lively & colourful creations which are a delight to wear. Her designs on silk are exquisite observations of light & shape.
In our most recent photoshoot the very delicate watercolour work of artist Vikki Turton is highlighted. The piece is called ‘Estuary’ which resonates with the reflections & light on the water in the background of this scene. These handpainted effects in shades of blue make this coverup garment an instant wardrobe lifter.
Each designer works in their own design practise so it is always very productive to meet up exchange our ideas. At our last creative get together we wore the scarves that we had been busily working on and took some photos. It is always a good comparison of technique and this time a celebration of the achievement of a new range. It […]
Breathable soft linen fabric with new metallic shades has arrived. See fresh botanical designs handprinted for spring/summer. ‘Spiky Sprigs’ – a drawing of the Australian native flowering shrub ‘philotheca’ ‘Fern Drops’ is part of the Akaysa coordinates range. both by PipWilly