Growing up in Country Victoria, the native Australian bush holds a special place in my heart so I was delighted to discover Native Swinson a contemporary Sydney-based handcrafted wallpaper and fabric company capturing the essence of the Australiana so beautifully.
Walking to school and breathing in the fresh scent of gum, everything seemed so calm and simple. As a child I have fond memories of going on weekend nature excursions with my family and collecting native flowers which we would dry and press to make framed art pieces... Native Swinson has captured the love of the Australian bush by designing a whimsical range of textiles for the ‘all grown up’ and their little ones.
Native Swinson's designs explore an artisan love of hand-drawn native flora and fauna and the adventurous rural childhood memories of NATIVE SWINSON founder Kate. These influences combined with a passion for creating a high-end eco-friendly products that celebrate nature whilst treading lightly on our planet.
The collection features washed tones and images inspired by Kate's own childhood memories of a rural existence, roaming through paddocks, climbing trees and allowing nature to form an “elsewhere”.
Kate is an artist and designer Kate has been a finalist in the Salon des Refuses, The Paul Guest drawing prize and various other art prizes. Her work is also held in private collections. She has first class Honours in Painting and a Master’s in Drawing from RMIT.
Her urban, coastal environment, family adventures in the park, swimming and exploring the Bronte rock pools and picnicking feasts with the tribe all play an inspiring role in her design process. The designs begin in her Bondi Beach studio with finely rendered biro drawings. These become repeats that are hand screen printed onto papers and fabrics.
The collection features two paper options. One a traditional organic paper and the other is synthetic mix but it has no synthetic nasties; made with a blend of natural pulp paper from green certified pulp forestries and recycled plastics with all the Native Swinson products designed and produced ethically and locally.
Check out the whimsical and beautiful Native Swinson designs here.