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The Circle of Designers

With the growth of eco awareness, comes the responsibility of eco design. Philippa Wilkinson, Karen Brock and Sophie Seeger all members of the Design Institute of Australia, share the concept of designing with integrity.

Designing with eco intent, and working with like minded design professionals on projects that inspire and connect with sustainability. Aligned with the Hemp Gallery, the experts in sustainable Hemp products; the eco-collective are producing inspiring ranges that work across all soft furnishings – from themed designs, Australian botanicals and indigenous inspired abstracts.

Philippa Wilkinson – Philippa is the designer behind the established textile design company “Pip Willy”; and has been immersed in commercial textile design for over 10 years. Philippa is a COFA graduate; and it is her Fine Arts background; her keen eye for detail; her sensitivity in line work; and her printing expertise, that has been the driving factor in her textile work: “It is very important to me to retain the hand-drawn spontaneous design approach – to set one apart from solely computer-generated commercial textiles.” <>

Karen Brock – Karen is passionate about natural fibres and hand-woven textiles – not only for their sustainability, but also for their beautiful aesthetic. She marries sustainability and design in her s oft-furnishings E-commerce business, Eco Inspired. Karen’s designs balance simplicity and sophistication; with her inspiration deriving from the natural environment. Karen recently designed a range of sustainable soft furnishings for Energy Australia’s Smart Home Project at Newington. <>

Sophie Seeger – Sophie is the principle designer behind the creative company, Seeger By Design. She is an artist and interior designer in her own right; and brings her artist’s sensibility and sensitivity to each project. Sophie has strong links to the art world, having run a commercial gallery. Being a conceptual designer, Sophie enjoys the challenge of identifying and developing commercial opportunities for artists: most notable to date is her conceived Indigenous rug range: Julu Wajaar. <http://www.seegergaller>

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