Anna Markula – The Designer Project

The third creative powerhouse to feature in The Designer Project is artist and designer Anna Markula. As part of the instalment Anna has made a range of her captivating designs available in our Fabric Shop online and we are so thrilled to be able to offer these for printing on any of our stock fabrics! Anna herself has put together this blog which invites you into her creative studio to see what goes into Girl and the Deep Blue Sea designs.

Hi everyone! Anna here from Girl and the Deep Blue Sea – I’m so excited to have some of my pattern designs available through Digital Fabrics. Girl and the Deep Blue Sea is all about fun, vibrant, tropical vibes and I hope you enjoy this blog post about my design process.

Anna Markula in her studio

I created Girl and the Deep Blue Sea to allow an escape from the everyday…. a shimmering, vibrant, lush, neon-esque tropical island surrounded by crystal clear waters bursting with colour and life!

My goal with my designs is to capture a certain feeling or a fleeting moment, like water ripples in the sun, or that overwhelming joy from dancing to your favourite song.

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Anna’s creative space

I love creating Pinterest boards with images that capture the feeling of Girl and the Deep Blue Sea, and often gain inspiration for my designs from this. I also have a huge photographic library from years of travelling, and am constantly inspired being outdoors in nature, especially at the beach or snorkelling a coral reef!

I work with a variety of mediums, mostly acrylics and watercolours. I love to experiment with different art materials to get a particular look I am after.

I like to work from a moodboard, but will often see (or dream!) the final design in my head and then I will work out how to create it.

‘Blue Diamonds’ design

‘Blue Diamonds’ design used for a beach throw

Process work for the ‘Blue Diamonds’ design

When I’m ready to start a new design, I set myself up with my moodboard images, some fun music (like Pnau), and the colour palette and art materials I want to work with.

I love to then spend a few hours just painting and creating lots of motifs – and usually drinking lots of green tea too!

Creative process behind the ‘Palm Swirl’ design

‘Palm Swirl’ design

‘Palm Swirl’ design used for a cushion

I then scan everything into Photoshop and start the fun part of turning the motifs into a repeat pattern. I will often layer my artwork with photographs to create a unique design, or sometimes I will create a design purely from my photographs such as Blue Lagoon.

The absolutely most exciting part of the process is seeing my designs in real life as lovely fabrics, and imagining what could be created with them.

‘Bird of Paradiso’ design

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Anna’s ‘Summer Nights’ Collection

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and that you are inspired to bring some Girl and the Deep Blue Sea into your life!

If you want to collaborate with us on The Designer Project initiative and become part of this creative club, please apply! Send us an email with your portfolio and why you want to be part of this and sure, I will be in touch.

‘Summer Nights’ New Fabric Collection by Anna Markula

We are so thrilled to share the next artist in focus for The Designer Project along with her stunning range of vivid textile designs that are guaranteed to whisk you away. Introducing Anna Markula and her collection ‘Summer Nights’! Anna is a professional ecologist (wow!) who has spent years working on incredible projects in the field all around the world. After having her daughter, Anna decided to pursue a more creative career, and with the ocean as her muse, she created Girl and the Deep Blue Sea. Anna now creates unique pattern designs, custom illustrations and photographic prints. Girl and the Deep Blue Sea is the perfect fantasy escape filled with tropical vibes, lush iconography and playful designs.

Anna’s latest collection ‘Summer Nights’ perfectly captures the essence of warm nights with fragrant floral air and a salty ocean breeze, and is available now in our ‘Fabric Shop’ online. Below, we’ve put the focus on each of Anna’s designs, providing a little insight into each and sharing the types of projects we think they’ll be great for, so keep reading!

‘Blue Lagoon’ is a gorgeously ornate print featuring photographic motifs with a tropical theme, including hibiscus’ and shells. The mid-scale artwork pairs the detailed design with a minimal colour palette to ensure it feels timeless.

‘Blue Lagoon’ would be a fantastic choice for a training swimwear, rash west or accent cushions.

‘Bird of Paradiso’ is a playful textile print pairing graphic shapes with a bold colour palette. The design has been created using hand-cut paper motifs and is inspired by Birds of Paradise flowers.

‘Bird of Paradiso’ would be the perfect print for a fun Summer playsuit!

‘Blue Diamonds’ is a bright, abstract design inspired by days spent at the beach. The detail rich artwork achieves this look by layering different techniques including underwater photography, shibori and watercolour paintings.

‘Blue Diamonds’ would be a great choice for statement activewear garments such as rash west or a pool party outfit.

‘Palm Swirl’ is a beautifully hypnotic design featuring hand-painted palm leaves with a marbled background. The mid-scale print instantly calms with it’s soft colour palette and gentle flow.

We think the ‘Palm Swirl’ print would create an incredible table-set or upholstery fabric, the perfect flourish for a coastal inspired interior.

‘Pink Flutter’ is a fun and graphic print featuring quirky motifs and statement pink background. The small-scale artwork has been created using hand-painted elements ensuring that the design has texture throughout.

‘Pink Flutter’ is just asking to be made into the cutest possible low-back one-piec kids swimsuit for Summer!

‘Pink Palms’ pairs a simplistic layout with a striking colour palette to create a design which feels fun! The design features hand-painted palm tree motifs which are approximately 5cm in height.

We would love to see ‘Pink Palms’ used for a retro feeling bandana or ponytail scarf!

‘Yellow Flutter’ is a playful design featuring hand-painted, abstract motifs nestled in a bed of sun yellow and is sure to put a smile on your face. We think this small-scale print is a fantastic statement design for your wardrobe.

‘Yellow Flutter’ would be an ideal choice for a retro feeling bandana or ponytail scarf!

We are so excited to have Anna taking part in our The Designer Project and can’t wait for you to all fall in love with her designs just as we have. Each of the designs featured in the ‘Summer Nights’ Collection are available to print onto any of our stock fabrics and our suggestions above are ideas only, the possibilities for each of the designs is truly endless.

“From the Garden” New Fabric Collection by Crystal Kluger

Been looking for a new textile design for an upcoming project? We strongly recommend checking out the latest and very fabulous “From the Garden” fabric designs which have just been added to our ‘Fabric Shop‘ online, catering to both fashion and homewares applications. These divine new prints are by Sydney-based designer Crystal Kruger who is the creative force behind the textile and surface design focused Skye St. Studio. Crystal is also our second contributing artist to The Designer Project and we are so excited to share her work and process with you! Crystal’s designs are often inspired by travel and adventures, however, her latest collection celebrates the comfort and joy of having a backyard garden, a quaint courtyard or even a favourite local park. The ‘From the Garden’ is available from our ‘Fabric Shop’ online and features a range of prints which are both nostalgic and contemporary. Keep reading to find out more about each hand-painted design and the types of products and garments we think they’ll be perfect for!

Clementine Rose’ fabric designs perfectly captures the beauty of the humble clementine and pairs deliciously warm orange and pink tones with a deep teal background. ‘Clementine Rose’ features beautifully undulating watercolour textures arranged in a mid-scale design.
This design would be a fantastic choice for a statement upholstery project.

‘Summer Dahlias’ print is absolutely bursting with energy and reminds us of long summer days spent in the backyard under the hot Australian sun. A riot of colour and joy, this mid-scale design is the perfect choice for statement fashion applications.
This design is simply begging to be the hero of a gorgeous summer shirt-dress.

Pebbles’ features delicately painted stone motifs and is inspired by the crunchy gravel driveways from Crystal’s childhood. This small-scale design features an understated colour palette making it versatile for home fashion and homewares.
‘Pebbles’ would be the perfect print for a pair for leggings.

Papaya Spots’ fabric is a bold graphic print inspired by Crystal’s childhood memories of summer afternoons in Queensland eating tropical fruits. The mid-scale design features a wonderfully crisp colour palette where the vermillion motifs really pop.
We’re seeing this design as the perfect choice for a statement dress.

Inky Botanical Ditsy’ celebrates classic ditsy florals and features a warm autumnal colour palette. This small-scale print is a fantastic choice for fashion garments and accessories.
‘Inky Botanical Ditsy’ would be a great choice for a really pretty and easy to wear wrap-dress.

‘Fruitti Tutti Blood Orange‘ is reminiscent of retro outdoor furniture and has been reimagined as this beautifully versatile print. A modern twist on the classic stripe! This relaxed stripe design has been hand-painted and would work well both on it’s own or used as a coordinate.
We think a skirt with pockets is the perfect application for this gorgeous print!

Lemonade’ is a playful design which pairs glistening lemon motifs with a graphic monochrome background. This mid-scale design is a simple yet effective way of adding a little pop of colour to any outfit or space.
We’re imagining this design as a fresh and calm drapery in your bedroom.

‘Rainbow Fruit’ fabric print is a rich homage to a summer classic, fruit salad. The hand-painted watercolour motifs glisten like gems set in a deep green background. The small-scale design is a real focal point of the range and is a great choice for both homewares and fashion.
‘Rainbow Fruit’ would be the perfect print for a statement jumpsuit or an accessory bag!

We’re thrilled to have Crystal taking part in The Designer Project, with each of the designs in the ‘From the Garden’ collection available to print on any of our stock fabrics. Our ideas above are only suggestions and we can’t wait to see all the different types of projects you use these designs for.

Fabric Collection – Katy Dee

Have you seen the latest print designs bursting with colour that have made their way into our Fabric Shop? These new delights are by artist and designer Katy Dee who is the powerhouse behind print-based label Shiztastic. All of Katy’s designs begin as an original artwork, using typically hand-painted and collage elements. Once the original pieces have been scanned, Katy then begins the process of layering, manipulating and arranging the elements in both Photoshop and Illustrator to create gorgeously playful prints. Her designs draw heavily from nature, kitsch and 80’s fashion and the simple joys which can be found in daily life and travels. Below we’ve the put the spotlight on each of Katy’s designs which are now available online, sharing ideas around what we think each design would be perfect for!

‘Pink Chintz’ is a big, bold floral design inspired by vintage wallpaper. The design features Katy’s favourite colour combination of red and pink, and with a design like this, it’s easy to see why this pairing is so adored. ‘Pink Chintz’ is a mid to large-scale design and provides a fun pop of colour for any wardrobe or space.

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We’re getting strong female power suit vibes from this abstract floral, and think more is definitely more!

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Next up is ‘Picnic Fun’, which is a playful print design full of fruity motifs that are in season all year round! This large-scale design features gorgeously hand-painted elements collaged together on a classic rug style background.

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We think ‘Picnic Fun’ and a summer dress are a match made in heaven!

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Move over leopard print, there’s a new kid on the block! ‘Wild Thing’ puts a funky twist on an animal print classic by using textural hand-painted brushstrokes and a statement colour palette. This is a mid-scale print that’s easy to wear.

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Wild Thing fabric design printed on Aerocorp fabric base

We would love to see this design used for a half circle or A-line skirt and think it will work well either paired with a plain or patterned top. Dress this design up or down, either way you’ll make a statement.

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Prepare for nostalgia! ‘Painted Love’ is inspired by the 80’s and a love for double denim. This fun take on a striped design is a mid-scale print and is suitable for both fashion and interiors.

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Painted Love fabric design printed on Ponti print base fabric

With the design’s retro energy we just can’t un-see high-waisted pants with rolled ankle cuffs!

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‘Untangled’ features a beautiful colour palette of blues and pinks and inspired by a whimsical land of mazes. This mirrored print is simply stunning and so easy to get lost in it’s design. This large scale print is suitable for both fashion and interiors.

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‘Leaf Glitter’ is a bold mid-scale botanic print with a retro feeling colour palette. Inspired by camping trips in the woods on a sunny winters day, with an imagined forest floor full of brightly coloured leaves and plants.

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‘Leaf Glitter’ is just begging to be turned into a fabulous kimono, ideal for those days where the weather is a little undecided.

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‘Sunset Garden Party’ pays homage to Katy’s mum’s garden, remembering it at sunset during an English Summer. The sun is setting, birds singing, and it feels as though all the charming flowers and plants are singing along too. This monochrome mid-scale print is a timeless design full of beautifully hand-painted textures and elements.

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‘Sunset Garden Party’ would be a stunning choice for a shirt dress with it’s simple colour palette and bold graphic feel.

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We couldn’t be happier with Katy being the first artist involved in The Designer Project, making a selection of her designs available in our Fabric Shop online. The possibilities are endless with each of these designs, and can easily be translated across both fashion and interiors. Our suggestions above are just initial ideas to get those creative juices flowing and can’t wait to see the versatility across all the creative projects you use these fabulous designs for!

Custom Fabric Printing for Summer Beach Essentials

We thought we’d try something different and put together a guide that’s sure to get you beach ready. Let’s talk Summer essentials! Think durable tote bags, deluxe beach throws, quirky board shorts, divine kaftans and fun swimwear of course. Whether you’re an expert with a sewing machine or just getting a feel for custom textiles, the end of year holidays are the perfect time to start a DIY project. There’s nothing more satisfying than using your art to create something that’s both unique and practical to enjoy. In this article we go through our stock fabric top picks for the season and the popular beach products they’re perfect for so keep reading!

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COTTON LINEN – 97% Cotton / 3% Linen & 250gsm

Let start simple! Have you seen Turkish Towels or gorgeous Beach Throws? They’re trending Summer essentials and we think our Cotton Linen is the perfect fabric to use.

Cotton Linen is a wonderfully textured natural fibre blend with a durable weave. The fabric has a warm off-white base colour and a matte finish. To use this fabric for a beach throw simply print your custom design and then cut & hem the edges – easy!

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COTTON VOILE – 100% Cotton & 75gsm

Want to make your own kaftan or sarong for the warm weather? We think this is another simple project with our Cotton Voile being the perfect fabric for the job!

Cotton Voile is light-weight and super soft and can be compared to muslin, especially after washing as this fabric will only get softer over time! It has an off-white base colour, is semi-sheer and has a matte finish. This fabric is light and airy to wear making it perfect for poolside wraps and ultra-chic kaftans.

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CANVAS – 100% Polyester & 300gsm

Interested in custom beach totes? Look no further! Our Polyester Canvas is just what you need to create a sturdy tote bag!

Our Polyester Canvas is a first choice canvas fabric which is highly durable and softens over time the more you use it. This is a plain weave fabric with a bright white base which ensures vibrant printing results ideal for beach accessories. This fabric is also easy to clean and is water resistant making this the ideal choice for beach bags.

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VESNA (ECO-LYCRA) – 85% Recycled Polyester / 15% Spandex & 230gsm

For swimwear garments we recommend checking out our Vesna (Eco Lycra)! It’s an absolute must have fabric to rock an eco-friendly bikini this summer!

Vesna (Eco-Lycra) is an innovative fabric made using recycled plastic bottles! It has an off-white base, a smooth surface and moisture wicking properties. The fabric produces vibrant print results and the surface’s slight sheen will make your artwork pop!  The Vesna has an even four-way stretch, a chlorine rating between 4-5 and a UPF rating of 50+ making it the perfect choice for your custom swimwear.

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AEROCORP – 100% Polyester & 125gsm

Ever considered creating your own board shorts? We think our Aerocorp fabric is an excellent choice to bring a custom pair of boardies to life!

Aerocorp is a light-weight, microfiber fabric with a smooth and fine texture. It has a bright white base and a matte finish and has excellent colour reproduction when printed. It also provides moisture management and breathability, making it super comfortable to wear – perfect for lounging by the pool.

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Ready to start your creative summer project? Order your custom fabric today! If you’re still unsure which of our fabrics will suit your project best, please get in touch!

Best Fabrics for Cushion Covers

Did you know custom cushion covers are one of the most popular products we help our customers with? At Digital Fabrics we offer complete ‘Print & Make’ services, including cushion covers which can be made in various sizes and can be ordered through both our Online Uploader which is available 24/7 here and our One on one Service which is conducted through email and phone.

Want to create your own cushion cover but unsure of where to start? Whether it’s for an event, a gift or simply for your home we have a fabric suitable. Keep reading to find out which of our fabrics we offer for different types of cushion covers so that you can confidently choose what will work best for your next DIY project!

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WARATAH – 100% polyester & 200gsm

Our Waratah fabric has minimal stretch, is durable and easy to care for. It’s a mid-weight, twill weave fabric with a bright white base colour and a slight sheen to its surface. The composition and finish of this fabric provides excellent colour reproduction when printing, making it perfect for designs with bright and deep colours.

Waratah works well for cushion covers intended for commercial settings, events, marketing collateral, hobby project, gifts and idea sampling.

This fabric is our first choice for cushion covers, due it colour vibrancy and affordability. Waratah cushion covers can be ordered online 24/7 through our Online Uploader and One on One Service.

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COTTON LINEN – 97% Cotton / 3% Linen & 250gsm

Our Cotton Linen fabric is a durable natural fabric with a gorgeous linen texture. This heavy-weight fabric has an off-white warm base colour, a matte finish and minimal stretch. The Cotton Linen has strong colour reproduction when printed. When comparing printing results to those on polyester fabrics expect a slightly softer result.

Cotton Linen is one of our premium fabric choices and is perfect for cushion covers produced as designer goods, bespoke gifts and deluxe homewares.

This fabric is available to order through our Online Uploader and One on One Service.

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CANVAS – 100% Polyester & 300gsm

Our Polyester Canvas is a premium canvas fabric which is water resistant, easy to care for and has no stretch! Whilst being a highly durable fabric it softens over time with use. This is a plain weave fabric with an optic white base colour which ensures high quality colour reproduction for printing. This fabric is a fantastic choice for designs with dark and vibrant colours.

Canvas is suitable for cushion covers to be used for commercial settings, outdoor use, designer goods and homewares.

This fabric is only available through our One on One Service.

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The other fabrics we recommend for cushion covers are our London and Chevy from our polyester fabrics range and Cotton Drill and Linen Deluxe from our natural fabrics range. These great additional fabric choices are only available to order for custom cushion covers through our One on One Service. Fabric samples of each of these recommended fabrics are available in both our ‘Home & Interiors’ and ‘Superpack’ sample packs and can be purchased online.

If you’re not sure which fabric or ordering method is best for you? Contact us and discuss your ideas with a member of our team!

Best Fabrics For Scarves

We regularly feature articles on our blog that put the spotlight on one of our fabulous stock fabrics. This time we thought we’d try something a little different and put together a post based around an application rather than a single fabric. This month we’re talking about fabric for scarves, which is one of the most popular products we assist our customers with! Scarves are one of the products we offer ‘Print & Make’ services for so please contact us if you’ve been thinking of creating your very own custom scarf!

Scarves are popular in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be worn in varying styles. We recommend four options for scarves from our Fabric Range; the Chiffon, Dilly and Whisper from our polyester fabrics range and the Cotton Voile from our natural fabrics range. We’ve broken down each of these fabrics below to help you determine which will work best for the scarf you have in mind.


Chiffon 100% polyester & 75gsm

Chiffon is an airy, sheer fabric with a matte surface and crepe finish. Despite being sheer the fabric provides great colour reproduction when printed and works well for designs with bold colours.

Chiffon is an excellent choice for both every day and evening wear scarves whilst its lightness makes it popular for warmer months. The texture of the Chiffon also makes it a good choice for head scarves as it isn’t too slippery.



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Dilly 97% polyester / 3% spandex & 95gsm

Dilly is light-weight, silky, has a beautiful drape and a lustrous surface. This fabric is our most popular choice when looking for a polyester silk-alternative. Dilly has excellent colour reproduction when printed and is ideal for designs with bright and deep colours. The sheen to the fabric’s finish gives printed colours an added vibrancy.

Dilly is a fabulous choice for a classic silk scarf dupe and for scarves designed for special events.

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Whisper 95% polyester / 5% spandex & 96gsm

Whisper is a light-weight fabric with a hint of stretch, a bright white base and zero shine which provides great colour reproduction when printed. Whisper’s slinky, liquid-like drape makes it a great matte substitute for silk. The fabric’s ultra-smooth surface also makes it perfect for designs with fine details and busy layouts.

Whisper is a great choice for matte finish scarves which are super soft to touch and comfortable to wear.

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Cotton Voile 100% cotton & 70gsm

Cotton Voile is similar to muslin, is ultra-soft and will only get softer after washing!  Cotton Voile has an off-white base colour, is semi-sheer and has a matte finish. Despite the fabric’s transparency it provides strong colour reproduction when printed and has good colour show-through on the underside.

Unlike the vibrant printing results typical for polyester fabrics, printing results on our natural fabrics are softer. Some fading through washing is also normal and gives the fabric a soft ‘worn’ appearance.

The Cotton Voile is a perfect choice for breathable scarves for warm weather and scarves intended to have an understated yet elegant finish.

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Samples of each of these suggested fabrics are available in either our ‘Fashion Fabrics’ or ‘All Stock Super Pack’ sample packs which are available from our Sample Pack Order Form. Get in touch with us to find out which of these fabrics we would recommend for your upcoming scarf design!

Winter Print Palette

One of the joys of Winter is the wardrobe that comes with it! The layering of textures and garments and accessories – oh my! For those who think prints are best saved for Spring & Summer, think again! The layering and clashing of prints is perfectly suited to an outift where more is more.

We thought we’d put the spotlight on a few of our Fabric Shop classics which are perfect textile designs to wear during the cooler months. What ties these designs together is their cool colour palette, a heavy focus on texture and their creation which relied on purely digital techniques and methods of manipulation. Introducing ‘Blue Fall’, ‘Brilliant Cactus’ and ‘The New Check’.


Blue Fall

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This dizzying haze of aqua, violet and jade features digital paint brush textures which create a print that feels like an abstract checkered design. We love this contemporary reinterpretation of a winter wardrobe staple.

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Brilliant Cactus

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This graphic print pairs bright and neutral colours to create a design that is both bold and versatile. ‘Brilliant Cactus’ is bursting with energy and is a great example of a deconstructed floral print.

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The New Check

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This geometric print puts a kaleidoscopic spin on a classic red tartan print. This design works well worn on its own, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take some style tips from Fran Fine and pair this with an animal print!

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We’ve popped some inspiration below of similar design styles and print combinations!

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We’d love to know what you think these designs, or any of the others in our Fabric Shop, would be perfect for – so get in touch!

Snippets: Chats With Creatives, Textile Design Studio ‘Skye St Studio’ – Series 3, Snippet 5

Snippets. Chats with Creatives.

Here at Digital Fabrics we love everything print, pattern and colour and we love to know what makes print designers tick.

This series we are focusing on textile designers as our creatives to get into the nitty gritty of the thing we love the most, textiles and surface design! We have asked a different set of questions relative to this and as always we hope to inspire others by sharing snippets of these creative stories.

Today we are chatting to Crystal Kruger from Sydney based Textile studio ‘Skye St Studio‘ who offer a range of services such as textile design, colour matching, pattern grading and mood board creation. They have a range of fun, bright and often hand painted prints that you can license or buy exclusively for all sorts of projects and needs as well as offering custom illustrations and design work.

Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_3Tell us a bit about yourself, your brand/label name what your creative practice is, how and when you began:

My name is Crystal Kruger and I am the designer behind Skye St. Studio. I am a textile and surface pattern designer and also a design educator. My career began straight out of school, studying fashion and textile design and technology education at the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney. I have spent the last decade both teaching textiles and design subjects to students, as well as starting my own business as a textile designer. For me it has always been textiles or fashion in some form or another that fill my heart and fuel my inspiration. It took me a bit longer to realise the textile design was the right fit.

Where do you call home and what is your favourite thing about where you live?

I live in Sydney, Australia which is such an exciting, vibrant and inspiring place to be. Everything is fast paced but there is a wonderful balance between the urban and natural landscapes. I love being able to explore the ocean, the rivers and the mountains which surround Sydney but then also experience the wonderful, eclectic mix of cultures (and foods!) that inhabit this place. Culture, travel and nature are some of my biggest inspirations.

What 3 words best describe your creative style.

Colourful, painterly and fun! Trend-driven designs with soul.


Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_9Tell us a bit about what kind of studio, space or practice you run? Do you sell online or license your prints, do you do commissions or lots of freelance and what do you like doing the most?

Skye St. Studio is a very flexible design studio. Because it is so small I can be agile and accommodating to the needs of different clients. I sell the copyright to textile and surface pattern designs outright, as well as licensing prints through the catalogue on my website. At Skye St. Studio, I often work with local makers and other small businesses, but also larger companies and I love the variety that comes from working with different creative businesses. I do commission based pattern design and have worked with clients to design a range of other products including logos, tote bags layouts, soft toys and bespoke wall art for giftware. Skye St. Studio offers freelance design services as well and I would love to build that side of my business further. I also have an exclusive collection of designs available through Pattern Observer Studio. These are shown at trade shows such as Premiere Vision and Surtex but are also available for viewing at any time through Pattern Observer.

Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_6Do you have a favourite medium and/or method to work with, if so what is it and why?

My favourite way to design Skye St. Studio prints is to paint. I love to put some music on, something like The National and let the creativity flow. Sometimes I will just paint freehand, other times I will sketch first. I love to use gouache paints mostly, but also ink and watercolours. Not all Skye St. Studio prints are painted, but all are hand-illustrated before they are digitised. Colour is quite intuitive for me and so I tend to pick my palette right at the start of a project. I usually work with inspiration images in front of me, such as a Pinterest board I have created, a mood board I put together, or reference images from a client brief. I love the subtle variations of colour and texture that paint allows me to capture in my prints. I really feel this adds life and soul to my prints.


Which part of the creative process is your favourite and why?

Well, I love all of the creative process! But I must say, there is nothing like getting your hands on a new design brief or a new idea. I love that inspiration and idea development phase, putting together a mood board and sourcing amazing imagery. In that moment I love the sense of purpose, drive and that excited feeling in my stomach. I love the potential of that stage and the intuitiveness of being inspired. I feel that this is a real strength of mine as a designer, I am very good at synthesising the mood of a brief and bringing ideas together.

Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_10What would you say is the biggest challenge when running your own business, what is your favourite and least favourite part?

The biggest challenge is the potential for isolation. As a designer we can get some absorbed in our thoughts and be in our heads too much. But also as a small business, it is easy to forget that other designers just like us are struggling with the same business challenges. It is really important to try and build a network of people that you can chat with and share your journey with. Often you are working from home or in a studio on your own and it can be a bit lonely at times. I love having someone else around to just ask, ‘what do you think of this?’ Otherwise it is so easy to overthink things! Finding the right clients can sometimes be a challenge as well, being a small business.

The best part is the creative freedom and the satisfaction I get from fulfilling my creative goals. When you have a win, it is amazing! I love it when a client gives me great feedback and I see them getting excited like I am about a print I am working on. That validation is amazing as a designer. It is wonderful working for myself, because I can choose what and who I want to work with as well. After the restrictions of working in schools for many years, I love the flexibility of being able to work from my studio or a cafe, to set my own schedule and to dress like me!


What would your dream creative project or collaboration look like? Tell us about why you would love to collaborate with them and what you find inspiring about their work.

My dream project would be to have my own print-driven, body positive clothing range. My background is in fashion and I have always approached clothing as a form of expression. Prints say so much about the wearer, which I love! Yes, trends come and go, but if you can find pieces for your wardrobe that really sing and show the world who you are, then that is a wonderful thing. I feel it is especially hard to find fashion like this for women size 14 and up. Your options become so limited and I think everyone deserves to be able to buy clothes they love, no matter your size.


Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_4What projects or collaborations from last year stuck out, good or bad and what is coming up over this year that you would like to plug!

I have a brand new collab which is launching right now and I am super excited about it. I recently worked with fashion designer Kathryn Shaw of Rattamatatt on her new spring collection called Jungle Fever, which is available for preorders on Etsy from 5th August. She has featured Skye St. Studio hand painted patterns from my Jungle Snakes print collection on her garments and it all looks so amazing! Kathryn has been a dream to work with and I am so proud of what we have created – we hope you all love it too!

All of Rattamatatt’s designs are classic and vintage cuts with a focus on fit and they all feature gorgeous, fun, modern prints with personality. Kathryn is all about slow fashion and ethical clothing production, making everything herself. I love this design philosophy and she has made my prints look absolutely fantastic on her garments! With Rattamatatt’s silhouettes and Skye St. Studio prints, the Jungle Fever collection is fun, bright and whimsical – check it out online! Stay tuned to our social media accounts also, as there may just be a fun little giveaway in the works, where you can score yourself some original Ratamatatt x Skye St. Studio goodness! Jungle Fever Collection available for preorder on 5th August 2019 at Rattamatatt’s Etsy store.

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Where would you like to see your work featured?

One day I would love to see my work adorning some amazing dress in Vogue or for sale in Gorman! I am obsessed with their artist collabs haha.

Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_11Skye_St_Studio_Digitalfabrics_textiledesign_surfacedesign_fabricprinting_12You can find what Crystal is upto here: Website, Instagram, Facebook.

Trend Forecast – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019

The City of Sydney once again played host to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Australia for 2019 with a string shows, events and parties set against the gorgeous backdrop of our harbour city. This week long celebration of Australian design brings out the most stylish of industry insiders, whose fashion ends up being as much of an attraction as those being paraded down the catwalk!

We’re always on the lookout for textile design inspiration and what’s really caught our eye this year are all the playful prints being seen in Men’s fashion. We’ve collated a few of the key street style prints we spotted during MBFWA that have a perfect partner design in our Fabric Shop!



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Photographer: Christopher Queyn

This print teams a restricted colour palette with graphic motifs and an uncomplicated layout to prove that sometimes simple works best. Soft canary yellow is always a winner in our eyes!

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Get the look! Our ‘Turmeric Flower’ approaches colour and form in a very similar way. The print celebrates traditional block print designs and keeps to a minimal colour palette of marigold yellows, denim blues and white.



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This print is absolutely bursting with energy and we love that it feels like it was snapped up from an artist’s work desk!

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Get the look! Our ‘Hand Dyed’ print features similar splattered elements throughout the design, focusing on inky watercolour textures rather than the painterly style shown above.



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We love the use of childish illustrations as textile motifs and think this print’s use for a beautifully tailored garment is a match made in heaven.

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Get the look! Our ‘Vanity Fair’ print is inspired by playfulness and decadence. It’s warm tan background is the perfect bed for sweeter than sweet watercolour motifs.


We’d love to know what you think these designs, or any of the others in our Fabric Shop, would be perfect for – so get in touch!


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