"I'm Lauren. the creator of Thistle and Fox fabrics & handmade"
- Illustrator, Designer, Maker -
Hi! My name is Lauren, the 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.
I'm a fan of vintage craftmanship, detailed design, natural history illustrations, watercolor, botanical illustration and fairy tale illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Virginia Frances Sterrett.
At Thistle and Fox I'm all about illustrated fabrics inspired by nature, vintage and retro patterns and fairy tales. Thistle and Fox is a one woman show. I'm an Australian illustrator with a passion for print and pattern design.
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, being particularly drawn to designing fabric prints for crafting, quilting and the slow fashion revolution. Romantic watercolour florals, botanicals, delicate pencil drawings, cute animals, kitsch and retro inspired, modern Australiana prints and vintage style floral designs... I cannot stop the flood of ideas!
I recently moved into my own cottage studio work space, renovated and converted from a 1950's timber clad garage. I hope to be working on many new designs this year and adding some exciting new product lines to my shop in 2019.
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 !