In early 2018, I was approached by Barbara Spooner from Birds on Bikes with a exciting opportunity to create a new textile design. I didn’t give it a second thought and replied back with a huge YES!! It was something I was dying to do but hadn’t found the right opportunity.
Barbara is participating in Fashion360 - Australia's only fashion accelerator program facilitated by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia - and was creating a new range of bike wear specially made for plus-size female riders. This wasn’t Barbara’s first rodeo, she already had a range of bike wear clothing available, but she wanted to create a new Australian themed print and that’s were I came in.
The showcase has a global reach so it was imperative to create a print that felt Aussie… out of our brainstorming session we decided to use a mixture of Australian flora and fauna. And because it was bike wear we wanted something bright and colourful.
I started sketching and doodling….
(and throwing out horrible ideas)…
and combining illustrations…
and, after quite a few weeks, I finally came up with a design I was happy with. And, THANKFULLY, Barbara loved it too. (Small celebrations at this stage - yay)
After several sets of colour combinations were printed and deliberated on, we decided on the hero print with aquas, navy, greens and pinks plus another more pastel version that would suit Barbara’s mountain bike range. It was back to the drawing board to create another design that suited customers that perhaps don’t like such a busy FULL ON print (yes, I was shocked to learn that these sort of people exist - he he).
So far the print design and Barbara’s newly designed bike wear have been very well received. The Fashion360 Showcase 2018 will be on the 24th August 2018 at Ascot and the official launch of the range to the public will be in September/October 2018.
I am sure it will be a sell out and can’t wait to see the design on riders all over Australia.
If you would like more information about purchasing a new set of cycling clothing after the release, please visit Birds on Bikes.