stall holder profile:
Anna Wadley from Red Wren Designs

We’re looking forward to welcoming back the very clever (and recently married!) Anna Wadley from Red Wren Designs this Sunday. Anna’s home wares make a perfect present, or a nice little treat for yourself. Her designs are current, have a beautiful colour palette, and are very appealing in their natural simplicity. Red Wren Designs makes us want to have cosy Autumn themed dinners with friends...surrounded by soft cushions and lovely handmade tableware...

When and why did your business begin?
Red Wren Designs was officially launched in early 2009. I had been dabbling and developing designs for some time before this but it was a small outdoor market in northern Tassie which saw the launch of the business. Since then Red Wren Designs has been a regular stall holder at The Market and Niche in Launceston plus my linen tea towels are stocked in a handful of galleries and gift shops around Tassie and I have sent orders to various corners of the globe through sales on my online Etsy shop. I guess I started the business as I was craving an outlet for creative expression which I don’t really get from my day job and things have lead from there. Plus I love the process of screen printing.

What are your creations inspired by?
Nature especially trees, simplistic bold designs, Scandinavian design & patterns and Florence Broadhurst the queen of amazing prints.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
The whole process really, from finalising a sketch to cutting a new stencil and the excitement of seeing the first print of a new stencil. I love being in the printing zone, sipping away on cups of tea with good music and doing a print run, it’s a lovely way to spend time.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?
I love working with natural fibres especially linen & cotton, they are great surfaces to print on and with linen the more its used and loved the better the fibre gets, it ages well! In terms of colours I go through phases of favourite colours and combinations, I am loving chocolate brown and red. Its exciting to see how the different colours look on the various linens I use. Vibrant red on the rustic natural linen looks fantastic.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?
Beautiful home wares of course! 100% linen tea towels, handmade linen cushions, cotton t-shirts, cotton napkins & placemats.

Favourite piece you make?
I don’t think I could single out one single piece as a favourite, I love making all my pieces!

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