Friday, 30 March 2012

Funky Wombat Textiles

It's Follow Friday!

Funky Wombat Textiles is a home furnishing company based in Australia and founded by Tamara Schneider in October 2010. The company creates contemporary, sophisticated and beautiful designs for fabrics and wallpapers for the home or commercial interior. Cushions, lampshades and tea towels are also designed and produced within this company.  All products are designed, manufactured and mostly printed in Australia. You can follow Funky Wombat Textiles on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you always wanted to design?

Yes, from as long as I can remember. In the nineties I studied fashion design at the White House Institute and discovered that as much as I like what was happening with D&G, Westwood and McQueen, it was the textile designs that I really love.

How long have you worked in the textile industry?

I have been around in the fashion and textile industry for a few years now however I set my own business Funky Wombat Textile after I returned from an Internship with Timorous Beasties in 2010.

How have you got to where you are now?

Lots of experimental creative work, persistence and knowledge of the industry helps.

What inspired you?

I get inspired by nature, especially the Australian bush, architecture, historical textiles and art.

What motivated you?

Customer satisfaction, seeing my finished designs being used in a practical way in a client's house.

Do you have a favourite design?

I am happy with most of my designs, I don't really have a favourite.

Have you got any new products lined up for your designs?

I am working on and will be printing soon some limited editions prints on paper.

Which of your designs are most popular in Australia that here (UK)?

What I've noticed so far is a lot of my export sales have been for aussie expats who have been looking for an Australia type theme for their house. Australians seem to like the same.

Do you get a lot of support from family and friends?

Yes my family have been very supportive, my partner helps me with the business side of thing, and when I was studying my parents helped me with the financial side.

Where would you like to see your company in 5 years time?

I would like to be selling in the UK through an agent, and have my own studio and shop front some where in one of the trendier streets of Melbourne.

Do you have a favourite designer?

Timorous Beasties

Is there any advice you'd like to give an up and coming designer?

Make sure you love it, don't sign anything before you've read it and don't agree to anything that's not written down. Oh, and if someone offers to teach you about spreadsheets...DO IT. After that the rest is easy.

Thank you very much for your time Tamara, I really appreciate it :)

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Thursday, 29 March 2012


As you are all possibly aware, ever since my FMP at University I have become addicted to the colour orange.  I recently found out that orange is the colour of the year.  So I thought I'd share a post of a various of images I searched on Google that associate with the colour orange. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Sarah Blakely

Sarah Blakely made billions from inventing huge pants.  She has become the youngest, female, self-made billionaire in the World.  Sarah was very lucky and found something that wasn't in the market: shaped, slim and no seam underwear.  Beforehand she had failed law school twice and went to be a meeter-and-greeter at Disney. 

I found this article very inspiring as is shows that if you have failed something or what you have worked up to throughout A levels and University doesn't necessarily work out for you straight away.  But it may work out later on in life or like Sarah you will find something else that really lifts your life up.  Which you could say: 'Everything happens for a reason.'

Unfortunately a lot of these things take time and if you really want it that much you will keep working really hard until you have reached your dream job, but then of course keep working hard to stay in the dream job.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Photography Book

After my walk round Leeds City Museum, I had a browse around the shop and came across this amazing book, called 'Complete Photography Course.'  I couldn't believe the price and thought I'd found myself a really good deal.  The book inside is really simple to read and easy to understand, which is exactly what I need to learn photography.

I have been looking for a good book for a while, as I wanted one in which I will be interested in to actually read, although I haven't read any yet.  This one has an introduction to photography and then chapters of all the different and important parts to photography.  They are shown in small projects, so all I need to do is read a page and then play about with my camera.  Unfortunately I don't have a digital SLR camera, but my Dad has one that he uses for work and has offered it for me to borrow.  Or I could still use my original digital camera.

Monday, 26 March 2012


I thought I'd post some inspirational quotes I found recently on Pinterest to brighten up every one's Monday morning!

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Birds and the Bees

'The Birds and the Bees' is an exhibition that starts tomorrow until 30th June at the City Art Gallery, Leeds.  The exhibition includes beautiful collections of ceramics, jewellery and mixed media, which are inspired by nature and designed by different kinds of artists.  I only knew about this due to picking this leaflet up in the tourist information whilst I was on work placement in Leeds, thinking it was something I could do on one of the days I had my spare train tickets.  You can find out more information on the website.

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