In the recent post on Banksia Bloom by Saffron Craig, Rebecca mentioned Utopia Goods as another textile producer featuring Australian flora and fauna in their designs. Flowering Gum, above, “features Bruce [Slorach]’s illustrated honeyeater birds feasting on the nectar of a feathered flowering gum nut. If you look closely, there are different varieties of honeyeaters on the backdrop of a subtle organic polka dot.” Waratah, below, is based on a bush found in New South Wales. “Its unusual and beautiful form has been the inspiration for the decorative arts and it’s been found on pressed metal ceilings, carved into breadboards and star of too-many-to-count tea towels.”
Both these designs are available in all sorts of finished goods from Utopia, and also sold by the meter. They are screenprinted by hand onto an upholstery-weight cotton.