Hi I'm Tanya, the Old Grey House is our weatherboard cottage in Perth Western Australia, it's also our family home.
After working in the fashion industry, I naturally progressed into homewares combining a love of interiors and the experience gained working with fabric and printing. I have always had a love of natural fibres, print & pattern and my focus is to create beautiful tactile products for homes and spaces that are designed, printed and made locally in Australia.
The work is inspired by the abundant beauty found in Western Australia’s natural environment, ranging from the coastal regions of the South West where I love to holiday, to the flora and fauna of native bushland. The inspiration is drawn on paper, photographed, tested, deconstructed, reconstructed, printed and repeated until I find what keeps me coming back.
My tableware collection includes hand screen printed botanic images printed on tea towels, napkins, placemats, tablecloths and cushions in a monochrome palette. I use sustainable printing methods that use water based inks and I print on natural base cloths made from either linen, cotton or hemp.
I have rediscovered my love for indigo dying over the last few years and love everything about this amazing process. Shibori is the art of folding, binding, clamping and knotting to compress fabric to create a resist. The colour, technique and unpredictable nature of this craft is always a joy to work with and I have also hugely enjoyed sharing this art with others through workshops and creative gatherings. Meeting like minded people and teaching this craft has become an inspiration in itself.