Anna Sutherland

Anna Sutherland
Uralla, NSW

What do you make? I design and screenprint intricate patterned fabric and tea-towels. I then make a range of colourful home decor items and accessory products from my screen printed fabrics. I also have a range of my designs digitally printed here in Australia which I sew into outdoor cushions and shower caps.

What do you want customers to know about you and/or your work/product/business? All of my designs begin from a simple line drawing and are then transformed into a repeat pattern to expose onto my screens for printing. I print all of my fabrics myself (it’s the best bit!) I then sew all my products and package everything in my studio. Customers are always delighted to hear that I design, print and sew all my products myself.

Where do you draw inspiration? My fabric designs are all inspired by the geometric shapes formed from decorative items of jewellery and also the organic shapes found in the natural environment. I love vibrant colour and pattern which you can clearly see throughout my work.

What are your hopes for your business/work/practice? In 2018 I made a big move to work full time on my business, to create and do what I love everyday. I hope to continue to grow my business in the coming years continually designing and introducing new products to my range. I would even like to offer screen printing workshops in the future.

Where do you live? Tell us about your place/community I am based in Uralla, NSW, it’s a vibrant little town in the New England. I have transformed part of the shearers quarters on my family’s property into my print studio. It’s a great creative space with a 5m print table to print lengths of fabric and tea- towels. I also have a shop space in town ‘Anna & Co. Artisan Homewares and Gifts’ where I sell my handmade products along with other items from designers and makers across Australia.

What is it like making/creating from a rural/remote community? Having grown up in Uralla, I have been lucky enough to be a part of a creative community and be included in numerous creative collaborations. At the same time it is fun and very rewarding to pack the car and attend large and small markets both in NSW and interstate, it’s a wonderful way to get exposure.

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