For the past week I have been profiling some of the stall holders for the OnWilliam Summer Night Markets as the Official Blogger for the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. On TONIGHT and Tomorrow night from 5pm- 10pm at the Perth Cultural Centre, I am keen to see you there! Today I chat to Lisa of Pip & Printer, an eco friendly homewears brand hand made in Perth.
Lisa comes from a Design background, having worn a number of different hats across interior, VM and Furniture Design. Currently teaching at the Design department at Edith Cowan University, Lisa is also the Secretary for The Colour Society of Australia in WA and still manages to find time to screen print and make homewears for her label Pip & Printer.
Using organic cotton and hemp fabrics, Lisa creates eco friendly and long lasting cushions, bags, wall hangings and more. I chat to her about the brand, how important sourcing eco friendly materials are and find out what she will have for us tonight.
Pip & Printer is inspired by…
the need for more delightful eco homewares made this side of the country! There’s a great makers-movement happening here on the west side, and selling along side them at the Christmas markets is so inspiring. I love to support local businesses so I’m aiming on all of my Christmas shopping to be from Perth brands!
Why use Organic cottons and Hemp fabric?
I think as a designer it’s my duty to design in the most sustainable way possible, and consider the whole lifespan of a product. Where the fibres were grown, how they were processed, where they were woven, how they got here, where they’ll go in the future as your product, what will happen to them when their time is through. It’s the whole cycle that you have to be aware of.
Hemp is an amazing fibre to use as it uses much less water than cotton, has natural insecticides, enriches the soil, produces 2-4 times more fibre per area than others, doesn’t sun-fade, has great UV protection, holds it’s shape.
Organic Cotton is added to the blend to soften it all up and create a nicer weave. Regular cotton uses so many nasty pesticides and chemicals when it’s growing, so I try to avoid that, even with the clothes that I buy!
What is the best part about your work?
I love connecting with local artisans and store owners in Perth. There are so many lovely people out there who are passionate about what they do, which is a quality I really admire. I love to surround myself by people who spring out of bed in the morning wanting to to go work, and I consider myself VERY lucky to be one of those people too!
Tell us about some of the things you have in store for us during the Summer Nights Markets, any great Christmas gifts?
I started making wall hangings about a month ago and they’ve been selling like hotcakes! My best seller is one that says ‘STAY WEIRD’. I’m also doing plant bags that you can put pot plants in that look super sweet. The green bags sell really well with people planning a trio of herbs. And of course, cushions!
Which colours are the best combination for Summer?
I’m so particular about colour! I enjoy the trends that come and go but I always stick to my favourite palettes. At the moment I seem to be torn between the old me (black and cerulean blue) and the new me (pastels!!). The new me is definitely influenced by my current Pip & Printer range! It’s all about peach, lemon, mint and lilac with lots of white.
Running from 5pm- 10pm on the 12th and 13th of December in the Perth Cultural Centre (in Northbridge) the markets are not to be missed. There are great food stalls, live music, excellent local stalls for picking up Christmas gifts and a host more.
Find all of the Summer Night Markets details, the stall holder list and more here on the OnWilliam site.