January 21, 2014

Linus’s story

So as you might have figured out by now, Swiden is about to launch a very exciting rug collaboration with ‘Linus Dean Rugs‘. Linus’s is a great inspiration to me and I’m so proud to be part of his dream.
When you read his story below, you’ll see what I mean.

LINUS DEAN: I had spent many years working as a graphic designer in Sydney, going through the motions of working for someone else, giving up my weekends, social life and family time. I hit a wall and decided I needed out! I was having a ‘Design Crisis’. I had a niggling idea about doing something with textiles and wanted to research how I could make it happen.

So I followed my gut and headed abroad, first stop Nepal. When I landed, it was an overwhelming change from where I had been but it was the start on an amazing journey into designing with purpose!

What came about was a series of rugs that are 100% ethical. 
Using one of the worlds most traditional practices – hand weaving, each rug is individually hand crafted, from spinning and dying the yarn to hand knotting, trimming, packing and shipping.

I only use the finest Himalayan or New Zealand wool, environmentally friendly dyes, safe working conditions with strictly no child-labour. Our manufacturer is registered with Good Weave who ensure the weaving villages are safe, clean and child labour free–something that I had to see for myself before I pushed forward.

My mission is not just about creating beautiful contemporary rugs, but ensuring the art of hand knotting is not lost forever. It’s vital for me to encourage employment in the local villages, environmentally friendly production and a sustainable income for the poorer countries. I’m also working on a pay-it-forward system, so a percentage of the profits go back to the community where the rugs are made.

The process of up and leaving my old life has brought about a series of amazing outcomes, but mostly the ability to rethink my design processes to consider the makers, the process and the sustainable aspects of design.

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January 20, 2014

Rug colour sample arrived!

So excited jumping up and down – a sample in the form of a tiny winy mini rug arrived from Nepal!

It’s just a colour sample but I wanted to try and show you with some photos how beautiful the material and hand weaving is. It’s natural dyes and wool and so soft my feet are melting.

This is a wonderful collaboration that I’m about to release any day now, stay tuned!

January 10, 2014

About the design

It’s now been a year since I started on the Coast range and now the best bit is finally happening – a rug is on its way!  So far it’s definitely been my most exciting project so I thought I’d share some snaps from the creative process.

1. Draw and paint at night, it’s a slow but practical routine (toddler sleeping…hopefully). I experiment a lot with little paintings and try to not control my thoughts or consciously steer the design process. (Well that’s what I try to do but of course the outcome will always carry a few of my favourites. This time thoughts of coasting along the beach on my bike and jumping in the ocean crept into the mix.)

2. Tape the sketches to a wall so they’re the first thing I see when I wake up. (toddler jumping on bed)
It sort of works like a long equation which eventually makes sense.

3. Pick out the best bits and cut and paste on the computer until there’s a story with a flow. (Choosing colours is the best part.)

4. Hand paint the final design on a larger scale. (Nothing beats the hand, it gives the artwork life.)

5. Production (you know, real work.)

6. Trumpets!

January 8, 2014

Fruits for Lukas in Inside Out Jan/Feb issue

January 7, 2014

A is for Asha

Happy Birthday lady love!

December 1, 2013

Pencil it in!

November 11, 2013

Lisa Gorman picks Swiden for summer

Pretty darn stoked to be included in Lisa Gorman’s six pieces for summer in Inside Out!
I’ll make you a million patterns anytime Lisa!

Swiden now at Shelter 7

You can now find Swiden Design at the very special, brand spanking new shop Shelter 7 in Geelong.
Shelter 7 sells home ware in a combination of travel and vintage pieces
sourced across the globe and some unique and clever Australian designers.

Visit them here:
Shelter 7
131 Ryrie st, Geelong
Victoria 3220

If you want to find out more there is a sweet write up on Decor8 today too:

November 4, 2013

Coast cushions – only at twenty21

I’ve known and worked with Carlo, the owner of twenty21, since I first started out, so I was delighted when he asked me to make this small custom made range of Coast cushions for his beautiful store. The cushions are made from 100% linen and printed in Australia using non toxic, water based pigment inks. Hurry, hurry, only a very small quantity available!

Visit twenty21
160 Johnston Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Melbourne Australia

TUE to SUN | 12 noon till 5pm.

October 10, 2013

House and Garden

Sprattelgubbe in this months issue of House and Garden.

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