Founded in 2006 by designers Pepa Martin and Karen Davis, Shibori textiles is a boutique textile agency renowned for pushing the boundaries of this ancient Japanese craft with modern applications and a relaxed Australia feel.By exploring and modernising old techniques on modern fabrics the pair injects a strong design element into their work making an old craft new again. Shibori fabrics, wallpapers and leathers have been used by Australia’s top designers and architects with their designs seen in venues all over the world.
Shibori textiles have a range of commercial and upholstery fabrics produced by Australian textile company “Sparkk” and easy to hang wallpaper range by “Milton and King”. They have also collaborated on a collection of prints with Design company “The Designer Boys”.
Their biggest work to date as been the 300 room Sofitel resort, The Elements of Byron, Byron bay. Each room featuring a 2400 x 1500mm leather hand dyed headboard with a unique design and colour way individual to various locations of the resort.With an extensive range of commercial homewares, Shibori textiles wholesale a diverse collection of retail products that sell in independent stores globally. The shibori wooden platters and cushions have been awarded for their innovation.
Pepa and Karen authored two books Shibori Recreated: shibori in the 21st century which documents the reinvention and recreation of the ancient Japanese art of shibori and Tie Dip Dye a beginner dyeing book targeted at a new generation of dyers who value subtle and modern designs.
With the flexibility of their trade, the pair has collaborated on some unique projects including; a full scale dip dyed hot air balloon, fabric inlayed surf boards made by McTavish and Sibella Court as well as a home wares range with Lee Mathews.
Shibori continues to grow with more and more exciting innovation and design application through collaborations all over the world. Look out Shibori is coming your way.