Ink & Spindle is a boutique textile studio located in Kensington, Melbourne. Owned by designers Lara Cameron & Tegan Rose, we design and screen print all our textiles by hand in an ethical and sustainable manner.
At Ink & Spindle we love what we do.
We love the tactile and organic nature of screen printed textiles, with each length of metreage carefully printed by hand, by our hands in fact, on our 10 metre table. We use water based, solvent free inks, and print onto lovely organic cotton and hemp blend fabrics.
Our designs are largely inspired by nature and our hometown of Melbourne - we love Australia’s native flora and fauna. It is also very important to us that our designs have inherent longevity. Rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely we try to develop textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come. We also love working within the limitations of screen printing and hand printing, with all of our designs requiring only one or two colour separations. We use overprinting, screen flips and displacements to create beautiful results from only a single screen.
Our textiles are mainly sold as metreage, kits and a small range of homewares. When it comes to finished product we prefer to collaborate with fellow local creatives! Our textiles can be found around Melbourne & Australia made in to bags, lampshades, homewares and much, much more due to the skills of a range of talented people.
To us it is very important to raise awareness of and provide a sustainable alternative to the mass produced textiles that dominate the marketplace. Our ethical and environmental concerns drive all of our decision making and also how our studio functions. Read more about our sustainable practices here.
The Ink & Spindle studio is located on the second floor of the old Younghusband Wool Store building in inner Melbourne, alongside an eclectic mix of other creative businesses. We do our best to keep the studio a bright, friendly & welcoming creative environment. We have many friends and neighbours come through our doors to chat about collaborations, creativity, business ups and downs and life in general. And sometimes our friends visit to have a cup of tea & share some desk space just for a change of scenery.
Teegs & Lara’s backgrounds
Prior to Ink & Spindle, Lara worked for many years as a web and graphic designer. Feeling somewhat frustrated and limited by the digital medium, she began experimenting with surface design and textiles, receiving lots of feedback and support via her blog Kirin Notebook. From there, the progression to starting Ink & Spindle was a natural one, and so much more fulfilling.
Teegs studied Fine Arts for 5 years then completed a postgrad in Education & became a secondary school teacher. During her second year teaching, Ink & Spindle came to life, and although teaching is the best job in the world, it is emotionally & creatively exhausting. Teegs found leaving teaching (or more specifically, her students) really difficult, but has found running Ink & Spindle to be so rewarding on many levels.