This is the fifth in our series of profiles of the eight finalists in the Fabric8 contest, a competition from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics to discover a handful of the world's best amateur textile designers. Today we're featuring Australian designer Julie Lynch. Enjoy, and look for our sixth interview post on Monday!
The Scented Garden by CJLDesigns, Julie Lynch
I've always lived in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. I grew up in the town of Lobethal which is known for its German heritage and wonderful bakery, and also as the home for many years of the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill. I currently live with my husband and our two boys ages 6 and 7 in a little house in Littlehampton.
I work as a graphic designer in children’s wear and, apart from designing prints and embroideries and doing technical illustrations and croquis, I also design some yardage prints. I was so happy to find Spoonflower because I love patterns and putting things into repeat. I do enjoy my work but it's also great to have the freedom to work on designs that are all my own. I've been at Spoonflower for just over a year now and was very excited to hear about Fabric8.
When I'm not working on fabric designs, I love to go driving. Actually my husband does the driving as I haven't got my license yet. (I've been putting that off for many years now.) We like exploring places we've never been before with the kids or going to favourite places we have been, and doing a lot of photography along the way. I also enjoy going to lots of little markets in search of interesting bits and pieces for our many collections.
I don't sew on a machine so unfortunatley the only sewing I do at the moment is hand-sewing costumes for the kids or attempting to mend clothes (which often need mending after I've finished with them). I would love to make a quilt or two and learn to crochet properly. Before I had children, I made lots of handmade bears from mohair and old coats and I enjoyed making my own sewing patterns.
I'm really drawn to illustration and have many favourite illustrators, some of whom are also talented designers on Spoonflower. A few of my favourite children’s book illustrators include Graeme Base and Pamela Allen, and I love the beautiful work of Christopher Wormell.
I have to say that watercolour does not come naturally to me so when working on my design for this contest, I wanted to do something that had strong line work with the texture of water colour. I love working with natural motifs like flowers and birds and I'm looking forward to expanding on this theme for the collection.
Living in Australia, the time difference means that the contest winners normally go up around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning. I was feeling a little nervous before the finalists were announced so I thought I'd just go to sleep and check when I woke in the morning. After finally dropping off around 12:30 a.m., I woke up again about an hour later, checked the finalist results, and was so excited to find my design in the finals that I couldn’t go back to sleep until around 4 a.m.!