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Ari makes children’s homewares and accessories in her own range of hand screen-printed textiles

19 October 2018

Designer Spotlight: Honeysuckle and Lime

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Lover of textiles and quality craftsmanship, Ari: ‘My goal…is to be as personal and flexible as possible, and to create beautiful individual items that are beautifully made’

Hi, I am Ari from Honeysuckle and Lime. I live on the beautiful NSW Central Coast with the sea at the bottom of my garden, 3 crazy little kids, a tabby cat, 4 chickens and a very patient husband.

Personalised handcrafted Christmas Santa sack by Honeysuckle and Lime

In my previous life (pre-children) I worked insanely long hours as a product development manager. After having children I realised that I needed to create a better work life balance and I wanted to do something small scale that focused on craftsmanship and quality.

 Ari screen-printing her own textiles in her home workspace

Over the years I have seen textile manufacturing gradually move offshore and the Australian mills and workrooms close down. Volumes have gotten bigger and the production lines have gotten longer and the celebration of craftsmanship, unique pieces and the personal touches got lost along the way.

So my goal with Honeysuckle and Lime is to be as personal and flexible as possible, and to create beautiful individual items that are beautifully made.

Ari’s home workspace and some of the Honeysuckle and Lime range

My studio is currently at the top of our house where I have multiple desks; a scruffy one for printing, a clean one for sewing, and a chaotic one with all my work in progress designs and computer. During the busy times I creep down until every available surface in the house is covered in fabric.

A rack of colourful cotton reels: ‘I wanted to do something small-scale that focussed on craftsmanship and quality

I love to research and keep up to date on design trends, but I find for kids’ designs I am much more guided by the little people around me – their interests, activities and imagination.

Personalised Nappy Wallet stack

When it comes to Christmas, I love the simple elegance of Scandinavian design. I am a self-confessed Christmas tragic, so developing a range of Christmas designs was a no-brainer for me. I love the traditions and magic of Christmas and I love the thought that each Santa Sack and Stocking that I make will hopefully form part of another family’s Christmas tradition.

Ari enjoys being a part of another family’s Christmas tradition: Her range of personalised Christmas stockings by a fireplace

My interest in designing and making started very young. My grandmother was a dressmaker by profession, and an artist and screen printer in later life, and both my mother and father can turn their hands to just about anything.

A roll of cord and some screen printing paints: ‘From a young age my mum taught me to sew, knit, crochet and spin, and a whole range of other awesome things.’

From a young age my mum taught me to sew, knit, crochet, spin, and do a whole range of other awesome things. Growing up, her first thought whenever we needed anything was “can we make it ourselves?” You can imagine how much she loves Pinterest now!

Honeysuckle and Lime range of children’s screen-printed cushions

Having come from a homewares background, my first project was a little range of fun outdoor cushions. I then used the off-cuts make beach bags and, to my surprise, it was the beach bags that sold.

A beach-bag made from the offcuts of Ari’s first project: ‘I then used the off-cuts to make beach bags, and to my surprise it was the beach bags that sold’

This then lead me to work on other styles of bags. I really wanted to create my own unique textile designs supporting local suppliers, so I began screen printing some designs for children and from there I created a range of screen printed Santa Sacks, which are now the backbone of my business.

Some of Ari’s range of personalised children’s backpacks

My latest project is bean bags which I am really excited about. My kids love just them and they are really fun to make.

Ari’s children enjoying one of the personalised bean bags from her new range

The most unexpected, but incredible, aspect of this handmade adventure has been the people I have met along the way. The Madeit community is truly amazing.

A personalised nappy wallet in bright green polkadots: ‘The most unexpected, but incredible, aspect of this handmade adventure has been the people I have met along the way’

I love it when a customer takes the time to send a thankyou message, or a fellow Madeit maker posts a nice comment on social media – it makes it all worth it!



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