VINTAGE PATTERNS’ NEW LIFE
IF THE word linoleum conjures up images of granny’s old kitchen floors, think again.
Liz Jones is bringing lino, with a twist, back into the limelight.
Jones opened Betty Jo Designs, which sells a range of crafty and quirky homeware and jewellery made from linoleum salvaged from renovation sites, nature strips and rubbish skips.
“I found a piece in an old kitchen dresser and started my first creation … I’ve had a fascination with vintage linoleum for years. Just love its decorative potential,’’ Jones says.
“Being a durable material, the patterns and colours of vintage linoleum are like small time capsules of the particular era.
“All my work evokes memories; certain lino designs can trigger a fond memory of grandma’s kitch- en, reminiscing about sorting mum’s old buttons or how I used to stare at the big colourful maps of Australia at school.”
Jones, who produces all pieces herself, has acquired hundreds of salvaged lino pieces, all with different styles and patterns and each telling a different story.
“I only use authentic linoleum going back to the late 1800s. Often beautifully preserved under layers of modern vinyl and carpet, some lino can be over 100 years old,” she says.
She says the best part is giving old products a new life.
“I hate waste and am conscious of the amount of good stuff that ends up as landfill,” she says
In the case of lino, she says, “the scuffs and marks also reflect the labour put in by people long gone”. See more lino creations at bettyjodesigns.etsy.com
Betty Jo Designs creator Liz Jones, pictured with a map of Australia. Her recycled lino products include a skull clock, and budgie, cockie and Lox the Fox brooches which can be used as wall art. The range is sold through etsy.com, a marketplace for selling unique goods.