Published on April 20th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe1
Fab Fabrics: Handprinted Textiles from Formosa Design
Australian designer Jennifer Berney screen prints her beautiful designs onto 100% organic cotton/hemp fabric using water-based inks.
Berney started her company, Formosa, in 2009 as an outlet for her two passions: the environment and visual design. She says that she favors eco-friendly materials partly because she feels it’s the right thing to do but also because they tend to be of much higher quality than many conventional fabrics and inks available.
She talked a little bit about what inspires her designs:
I focus exclusively on Australian flora and fauna in my subject matter and in doing so I aim to draw attention to the beauty of our lesser known natives. I would like for people who enjoy my work to be inspired to plant and cherish natives in their gardens, which of course brings in the birds.
Her company’s name reflects her love for native Australian flora, too. She explains that, “Formosa, latin for ‘beautiful’, is frequently used in the naming of Australian plants.”