Inspiration: In 2020, Tara and her husband explored Victoria’s High Country. It is a special place to her because her grandfather lived in Myrtleford on Whalley Lane (named after him). She enjoyed taking her time to drive up, popping into opp shops, admiring antiques, and spending days hiking the mountains around Hotham. She spent time sketching wild flowers on the mountain to translate into paintings later. Her artworks capture the feeling of the area, but are also wearable and contemporary.
Building a collection: Once Tara had her theme and a strong collection of artworks to use, she brought them into photoshop to translate into complex textile repeats. At this time she also edits her garment shapes and refines the silhouettes of the collection.
- The ideas are sampled and sewn up. Edits are made to adjust the fit, look and colour to make it just right.
- The collection is strong, bold and flattering.
- The collection is sent to Paris for Fashion Week 2021! Clothing orders come in, and clothes are made to order, producing offcuts.
- Accessories are made from offcuts, but experimentation with patchwork begins. The goal is to find techniques that can be used to make clothing items that are beautiful, but still have an accessible price point.
2022 - The Patchwork collection is launched! While some shapes have been repeated from Tara's past collections, some new silhouettes are added, adapted from the existing range, responding to customer feedback. The print combinations have been considered to make it the most appealing combination possible. The patchwork sizes have been considered to be flattering, use up material sizes available, and also be interesting with the right amount of labour to ensure the price point is still accessible.