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Textile designer, printer & crafter, Kasey designs and creates on-trend homewares, gifts and accessories

23 February 2018

Designer Spotlight: little miss gee

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Textile designer, printer & digital crafter, Kasey: “I decided to take a step back from the advertising world… and break out on my own, designing the things that make me truly happy.”

My name is Kasey and I am the face behind little miss gee. I design and make original printed homewares and other nice stuff, made in my home studio in Melbourne. Made from my heart - each piece is designed with what I would like to have in my home.

Away from my Mac, I try to run, swim, cook, read and travel as much as I can and spend time amongst family and friends.

 Textile designer, printer & digital crafter, Kasey: “I decided to take a step back from the advertising world… and break out on my own, designing the things that make me truly happy.”

I'm a textile designer, printer, and digital crafter. You could call me a serious craftsperson with a particular love for hand printed textiles.

little miss gee stall at the 2017 Madeit Makers Market at Sweet Expo Melbourne cushion covers, tea towels, camera straps and other creations

My current products range from tea towels and cushions to camera straps and tote bags, made from quality fabrics sourced from all over the world, printed using water-based inks that are solvent free and environmentally friendly.

Kasey’s Mac, where her designs are born: “I do everything from making the products, to the photography, the branding, and everything else running a small business involves”

All little miss gee products are handmade by me in my home apartment in Elwood, Melbourne. Because of this, all my pieces are made in very small runs. My workspace converts from a design workspace to a sewing workspace very easily but I need to be organised and clean all of the time. I utilise my bathroom to do to all my screen printing, which is quite a challenge. So space is quite an issue!

little miss gee stencil-cutting in progress: “Each piece is made from my heart”

I've been creative my whole life. Drawing, painting, printing, sewing, photography... I love learning a new craft and working out ways to make things. And with a Bachelor of Design, I have spent the last ten years working in the design field.

little miss gee pattern in progress

I also have a particular love for hand printed textiles, patterns and prints and a niggling desire to create things by hand, I started crafting my own homewares to decorate my home. Realising that others may like what I made, I decided to take a step back from the advertising world, leaving the safety of full-time work and break out on my own, designing the things that make me truly happy.

Freshly screen-printed fabric panels: “My inspiration comes from everywhere: nature, photography, art, design, interiors and travel.”

Utilising my skills as a graphic designer, I decided to build my own brand and create something joyful, meaningful and made from the heart. So little miss gee was born in 2012. Since then, I’ve steadily built up little miss gee whilst also juggling freelance design jobs.

An original little miss gee design hand screen-printed on fabric, ready to be sewn into an end-product

Made It is a great selling platform. I love that fact that’s is dedicated to Australian sellers, and it’s a great community to be a part of. It’s helped me reach a wider audience and is a valuable resource for the Australian handmade community.

little miss gee, creative space: “I love learning a new craft and working out ways to make things.”

My inspiration comes from everywhere: nature, photography, art, design, interiors and travel. Each piece starts its life as a thought or a picture in my mind, to a design on my mac. My designs can take a long time to be polished off, as I’m a perfectionist.

Among her inspirations, nature, travel and photography: Kasey capturing some imagery with the help of one of her handmade camera straps

Next is cutting a stencil for the screen. After the stencil is ready, I mix inks, buy fabric and print. Printing is a very exciting and satisfying step, seeing my designs finally come to life is truly rewarding. Sometimes the designs work, sometimes they don’t, but that's the fun of it.

little miss gee’s Kasey sewing on her mum’s very first 1980’s Bernina sewing machine

Designing and printing your own fabric is a slow process, but I love doing it. And finally, a finished piece sewn on my mum's very first 1980's Bernina sewing machine.

little miss gee cards, original Blossom hand-printed cushions with pompom trim

little miss gee is my own business and I do everything from making the products, to the photography, the branding, and everything else running a small business involves. It can be quite a challenge and hard to juggle when I’m working full-time, but I’m passionate about doing something that I love and building my business so that one day I can do this full-time.

little miss gee labels and branding materials

I believe strongly in providing a quality, one-of-a-kind product, remaining true to my passion and continuing to love what I do. I like the idea of handmade and knowing that when you buy something handmade, you are buying something truly unique.



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