Ink trails and paper play

Ink Object is a textile and printing studio nestled into the Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate. Surrounded by like-minded creatives, owner Carla Dawes and her small team design, screen print and sew a variety of homewares and craft products, proud that they complete every stage of the process in house. Fuelled by a love for their coastal home, they produce two ranges – Ink Object and Ink Object for Kids – with Carla’s distinct geometric shapes adorning handmade fabric panels, craft bundles, quilts and cushion covers.

The Ink Object collection looks at fabrics from an adult point of view. Handmade marks in earthy colours reference Carla’s annual overseas adventures. Upon her return, she references travel photos to design new patterns using her beloved black Indian ink. The bold geometric designs that emerge tell stories of Italian terrazzo, Japanese textiles and Parisian architecture, printed in trademark tones of black, grey and gold.

Ink Object for Kids is a recent addition, designed with children’s heirloom quilts in mind. Simple and playful shapes sprang from Carla’s late night paper cutting sessions, inspired by her walks in nature and the beauty found in simple moments. Her timeless and familiar patterns evoke fond childhood memories, and have been created to craft keepsakes for family that will stand the test of time.

This devotion to making useful, quality products, translates to all of Ink Object’s fabric choices. Much time and effort is devoted to sourcing natural fibres that are both durable and soft on the skin. This same thoughtfulness applies to the studio’s printing and waste processes, where protecting our natural environment is always a priority.