"I'm Lauren. the creator of Thistle and Fox fabrics & handmade"
- Illustrator, Designer, Maker -
Hi! My name is Lauren, the Australian designer, illustrator and maker behind Thistle and Fox Fabrics. Most days you'll find me in my studio creating, sewing, dreaming up new designs, tending my plants and playing with my animals, Toby the terrier and bunnies Pascal & Thistle.
On weekdays I work as a vet nurse, so each night I'm up late sewing custom orders, designing fabrics for makers around the world and taking care of everything in front of and behind the scenes at Thistle and Fox.
My studio home is perched in the hills of the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia. Nearby are rainforests, waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and abundant wildlife, so it's a very inspiring place to work from.
Thistle and Fox is a one woman cottage industry. Everything from designing and sewing to book keeping and answering emails - it's all up to me!
I'm a fan of handmade craftmanship, obsessed with detailed design, watercolour natural history and botanical illustrations and fairy tale artists like Arthur Rackham and Virginia Frances Sterrett.
Thistle and Fox began in 2011 with the first fabric designs I created from a watercolor sketch of falling feathers and a tiny flying sparrow. When the shop opened I stocked a small handful of handmade baby girl dresses and was working with felt and recycled fabrics to create plush animal toys while studying pattern making and advanced sewing skills.
Since 2015 I've focused on surface illustration, designing fabric prints for crafting, quilting and the slow fashion revolution. Romantic watercolour florals, botanicals, delicate pencil drawings of native Australian animals, kitsch and retro inspired designs for children, modern Australiana prints and vintage style floral designs.
I now live in my own cottage studio, a renovated and converted timber garage that has been on my parents property since the 1950's. This space has completely changed the way I create, being always surrounded by my craft it's only too easy to have a hundred projects on the go at once.
I hope to be working on many new designs for Thistle and Fox this year and adding some exciting new handmade products to my shop in 2020.
Join me on Instagram for behind the scenes sneak peeks and special things no one else gets to see! I'm busy illustrating fabrics, creating new things to wear and decorate spaces at home. You'll find these treasures for sale here on my website and in my Etsy shop. I hope you'll love them !