I first read about this dynamic design duo in Inside Out Magazine last year and i have been intrigued and maybe even a little bit jealous ever since; Lauren and Genevieve of Walter G www.walter-g.com.au are long time school friends that are self described 'textile addicts'. Their journey started when Lauren studied Textile Design at COFA then made the brave decision to intern in India instead of Sydney where she learnt the art of block printing. Meanwhile Genevieve was in Hong Kong working in an office job when she decided to visit Lauren in India on a holiday. They had frequently traveled the world together lusting after traditional textiles and other curios. Whilst in India together their joint love of textiles took over and their company Walter G was born (named after both of their Granparents who had left them a bit of money which they used to start the company).

Both girls are only 27! Gorgeous, talented, creative, stylish, driven and friendly..they get to live and breathe their passion everyday..see where the jealousy might come into play!?

On the day that i meet them they have just unpacked their new shipment of fabric from India which is to go to their New York fabric agents upcoming launch; it appears that over half of the order has 'gone missing' apparently a common problem which they have faced before; they are still smiling and hopeful after sending off just a few emails to their Indian partners trying to rectify the rather large problem at hand.

As a fellow textile addict i am in heaven in their Ultimo studio; they talk me through the basics of plant based dying, mud and block printing which they are heavily involved in during the production of their fabrics; they are also ethical in their production approach refusing to use artificial dyes even though the majority of fabric producers do. We talk about what inspires them - mainly old tiles, Vintage fabrics and the myriad of beauty that they encounter in India on their bi annual trips to Sanganer as well as their design muses John Robshaw and Anna Spiro (well these might have been mine) i get a little heady when they tell me they regularly source vintage fabrics and quilts for Anna (a pang of jealousy kicks in again;)

I have a feeling these girls are ones to watch!

Enjoy the studio tour;) xx

 

Their lamp bases (old Indian water bottles) and their own fabric shades sit atop a roadside find cabinet

 

Lauren on the left; Genevieve on the right sitting in their very comfy 'meeting room'

Some gorgeous hand painted buttons sit as centre piece on their upholstered ottoman

 A close up of the ridiculously gorgeous vintage Indian textile that has been upholstered over the Ottoman...

 We then start looking at their fabrics which they do in canvas, linen and silk - i started hassling them for an outdoor range given my frustration with lack of variety currently in Oz

Love this tribal inspired design - they sell the fabrics by the meter and also in ready made cushion covers and lamp shades

 They also do these great upholstered ottomans

 

Another one of my favourites

 

The natural plant dyes give their fabrics a natural worn quality which i love

 

some of their block printed range

 

My all time favourite mud print

Their silk range - they use pomegranate to achieve such a beautiful deep red

Some of their new designs that are about to be launched

And some more...

 

I fell seriously in love with this chair - it's a vintage Eames upholstered in my favourite print..was very tempted

One of their Artisans in action block printing

The drying process; they can only run the production process at certain times of the year to achieve optimal printing - warm and dry weather is preferred

 Genevieve showing me the vintage silk turbans which they use to wrap their lamp shades

 

One of their gorgeous vintage lamp bases and shades which they say are their most popular product

 Each piece is unique and one of a kind so they have to photograph each item individually for sale on their website[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2371" align="alignleft" width="540"] Which shade of pink?![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2372" align="alignleft" width="540"] A collection of vintage turban's[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2373" align="alignleft" width="540"] A collection of cushions and other vintage curio's[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2374" align="alignleft" width="540"] The girl's desk - they sit right next to each other![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2375" align="alignleft" width="600"] The girl's did have a Pop Up shop in Paddington last year - here is hoping they do another soon![/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

I first read about this dynamic design duo in Inside Out Magazine last year and i have been intrigued and maybe even a little bit jealous ever since; Lauren and Genevieve of Walter G www.walter-g.com.au are long time school friends that are self described 'textile addicts'. Their journey started when Lauren studied Textile Design at COFA then made the brave decision to intern in India instead of Sydney where she learnt the art of block printing. Meanwhile Genevieve was in Hong Kong working in an office job when she decided to visit Lauren in India on a holiday. They had frequently traveled the world together lusting after traditional textiles and other curios. Whilst in India together their joint love of textiles took over and their company Walter G was born (named after both of their Granparents who had left them a bit of money which they used to start the company).

Both girls are only 27! Gorgeous, talented, creative, stylish, driven and friendly..they get to live and breathe their passion everyday..see where the jealousy might come into play!?

On the day that i meet them they have just unpacked their new shipment of fabric from India which is to go to their New York fabric agents upcoming launch; it appears that over half of the order has 'gone missing' apparently a common problem which they have faced before; they are still smiling and hopeful after sending off just a few emails to their Indian partners trying to rectify the rather large problem at hand.

As a fellow textile addict i am in heaven in their Ultimo studio; they talk me through the basics of plant based dying, mud and block printing which they are heavily involved in during the production of their fabrics; they are also ethical in their production approach refusing to use artificial dyes even though the majority of fabric producers do. We talk about what inspires them - mainly old tiles, Vintage fabrics and the myriad of beauty that they encounter in India on their bi annual trips to Sanganer as well as their design muses John Robshaw and Anna Spiro (well these might have been mine) i get a little heady when they tell me they regularly source vintage fabrics and quilts for Anna (a pang of jealousy kicks in again;)

I have a feeling these girls are ones to watch!

Enjoy the studio tour;) xx

 

Their lamp bases (old Indian water bottles) and their own fabric shades sit atop a roadside find cabinet

 

Lauren on the left; Genevieve on the right sitting in their very comfy 'meeting room'

Some gorgeous hand painted buttons sit as centre piece on their upholstered ottoman

 A close up of the ridiculously gorgeous vintage Indian textile that has been upholstered over the Ottoman...

 We then start looking at their fabrics which they do in canvas, linen and silk - i started hassling them for an outdoor range given my frustration with lack of variety currently in Oz

Love this tribal inspired design - they sell the fabrics by the meter and also in ready made cushion covers and lamp shades

 They also do these great upholstered ottomans

 

Another one of my favourites

 

The natural plant dyes give their fabrics a natural worn quality which i love

 

some of their block printed range

 

My all time favourite mud print

Their silk range - they use pomegranate to achieve such a beautiful deep red

Some of their new designs that are about to be launched

And some more...

 

I fell seriously in love with this chair - it's a vintage Eames upholstered in my favourite print..was very tempted

One of their Artisans in action block printing

The drying process; they can only run the production process at certain times of the year to achieve optimal printing - warm and dry weather is preferred

 Genevieve showing me the vintage silk turbans which they use to wrap their lamp shades

 

One of their gorgeous vintage lamp bases and shades which they say are their most popular product

 Each piece is unique and one of a kind so they have to photograph each item individually for sale on their website[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2371" align="alignleft" width="540"] Which shade of pink?![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2372" align="alignleft" width="540"] A collection of vintage turban's[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2373" align="alignleft" width="540"] A collection of cushions and other vintage curio's[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2374" align="alignleft" width="540"] The girl's desk - they sit right next to each other![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2375" align="alignleft" width="600"] The girl's did have a Pop Up shop in Paddington last year - here is hoping they do another soon![/caption]