LOV­ING LINO

VINTAGE PAT­TERNS’ NEW LIFE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

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.

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