The story so far
I create modern surface pattern designs with a retro vibe to spread the joys of vintage style
Dusty Disco Ball Designs came about from my love of retro and vintage styles. My designs are modern with retro flair - fun, flamboyant, and sometimes a little kitsch. I always thought that 'Dusty Disco Ball' would also make a great name for a drag queen! In embracing this persona, I create colourful, bold, LGBTQI friendly, inclusive and unapologetically individual designs.
It is important to me that Dusty Disco Ball designs
uses fair trade and ethical suppliers,
maintains a small environmental footprint
reuses, recycles and refashions wherever possible
assists the local community through skill building and resource sharing
supports unionisation, fair work and fair pay
stands in solidarity with the rights of the 99%
supports other independent artists and makers in having their talents recognised, especially those facing barriers such as racism, poverty or discrimination.
Feel free to contact me about my designs, or about any of the above. I continue to learn, to listen and to be aware of my own privileges.
About the designer
I have always been obsessed with textiles. Early on, I learnt to sew, knit and crochet from my grandmother. I progressed from making dolls clothes, to making clothes for myself and others by the end of high school.
While at university, I worked for a fabric store and then for a local fashion designer, learning how to properly custom fit garments and do patchwork for use in her designs. The clothes that I made to wear to work were colourful and not always conservative enough for my employers!
My favourite fabrics have always been bold prints that I found hidden away in thrift stores and opportunity shops. When retro and vintage fabrics became readily available online, my fabric stash grew and my bank account suffered.
1960s and 70s styles and patterns has always particularly appealed to me for their joyful bright colours, strong graphic elements and simple lines. I also love the 'Mid Century Modern' revival and Art Deco, but to me, the 60s and 70s were freer and more playful.
Designing patterns began by accident. During a renovation I had limited access to my sewing supplies, so I dusted off my drawing skills and began to explore the potential of digital design using iPad Pro. I had previously come across digital fabric printing through Spoonflower.com and decided to give it a try. Once the first parcel arrived with fabrics from my own designs, I was hooked.
As a sewist, maker and crafter myself, I particularly love to design textiles. I design the type of fabrics that I love to work with and that are sometimes hard to find - colourful, bold and retro inspired. I also make as much as I can from my own fabric and stash. to view my full fabric range, visit my Spoonflower shop.
I'm always exploring a range of illustrative and pattern design techniques. Currently I am working on creating several art pieces for a local gallery exhibition entitled 'Habitats'. Keep an eye on my blog for more news on this later in the year.
With more than 750 designs now on Spoonflower.com and an increasing range on other print-on-demand sites, Dusty Disco Ball designs is set to keep growing as a project that I can be proud of. I'm excited to share my designs and my creative journey with you.