Updated: Mar 22
We've been on the hunt for linen products since we opened Maker & when Peta reached out to us recently, we must admit, we did do a little happy dance around the store! Based on the south coast of NSW, Peta West creates the most divine linen art that is 100% Australian made!
Peta was born in Mossman and grew up in a small cane cutters shack with the Mossman Gorge running behind their family home. She went on to pursue professional wedding and portrait photography for 25 years, and in the last last five years, has ventured into her visual art as a printmaker and creating water colour art for her now linen range.
"Having always been self employed, I have had the opportunity to flow where my creativity leads me. Selling my first Lino print gave me the confidence and the motivation to think I could keep doing this, and I have!"
The environment plays an important role in Peta's design and manufacturing process. Each linen product is custom made by a small Melbourne company called Frankie & Swiss which was founded by sister duo Michelle & Jacqui. Peta fell in love with their gentle approach for the environment by using natural fibres and non-toxic, solvent free pigment inks. Each piece is sewn with care and the beautiful vibrant colours bring Peta's stunning watercolour work to life.
"I am so lucky that I live within a National Park and that I have amazing landscapes and wildlife surrounding me. All my work is nature based so I try to portray in my work how beautiful our local/national landscape is and hopefully bring some recognition into how important it is to respect and protect what we have."
Just recently, Peta had her first solo exhibition which she says was absolutely amazing and definitely a career highlight. 14 of her Lino print works were displayed in the small town of Milton, NSW. She had an amazing response and was overwhelmed by the people that purchased their own editions of her work to hang in their homes. On top of this, Peta's work has also been selected as a finalist for art prizes all over Australia, including the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize 2020, Art in the Valley 2020 and Burnie Print Prize 2021.
Peta generally spends 5 days a week in her studio creating. Some days will be filled with carving Lino and listening to music, other days will be designing new linen, and some will be admin. With three children in tow, there really isn't much spare time for Peta, however, she loves to go for bush walks and tends to take her camera with her to
capture inspiration for new artwork.