I graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Textile Design in 1989.  After learning that most designs for the Australian market were very influenced by the European market, I realized there was a demand for Australian inspired designs which resulted in a joint venture with my sister Sarah to establish “Heatherlie Handprints”.

We set up in the family garage and produced hand printed fabrics that were sold through specialty stores in Australia and to Exhibition companies in Bahrain, Singapore and London. A design featuring the “Sturt’s Desert Pea” was woven at the local Macquarie Textile Mill in Albury and sold to QANTAS to cover the seats in their club lounges. This was a great coup for a small business tucked away in the hills of North East Victoria.

I am now working solo from a rustic shed where I also conduct classes for beginners who love working with fabric. The shed is power free so classes only operate when weather permits. It is a very peaceful environment and much of my inspiration is drawn from the surrounding landscape.

A big thank you to the following shops that support Australian Designed and Made – The Potted Cumquat, Tallangatta, Corryong Information Centre, Corryong, Albury Picture Framers, Albury, My Shed, Wagga Wagga, Frances Pilley, Beechworth/Daylesford, Coast Country, Merimbula, Yackandandah Post Office, Yackandandah, Newman Visitor Centre, Newman, The Produce Store , Mansfield, Rees and Rees, Wangaratta, The Olive Shop, Milawa, Milawa Gourmet Region Association, Milawa, Bowerbird Styling, Bright, Bonegilla Migrant Experience.

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