RETRO IN­SPI­RA­TION

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - REALESTATE -

The in­spi­ra­tion for Liz Jones’ work comes from many places, in­clud­ing her love of Aus­tralia, cute retro toys, favourite child­hood books such as Snug­gle­pot and Cud­dlepie and na­ture in all its colour­ful glory.

“I find in­spi­ra­tion comes from the ma­te­rial I work with,” she says.

“The gor­geous retro prints and pat­terns on vintage lino, the lolly shop colours of but­tons and the Nana-inspired fan­cy­work in pretty op shop doilies.

“I am also a self-con­fessed colour ad­dict and be­lieve there are no rules when it comes to mix­ing colours and clash­ing pat­terns.”

Jones de­scribes her re­claimed lino home­wares as pre­dom­i­nantly dec­o­ra­tive pieces that can add colour and in­ter­est any­where.

“For ex­am­ple, the strands of lino bunt­ing can brighten up a room and add a vintage fes­tive vibe,’’ she says.

“Retro-inspired cuckoo clocks and fly­ing ducks evoke mem­o­ries of the past, and my pop­u­lar maps of Aus­tralia have cool kitsch value as well as be­ing a pretty ad­di­tion to any wall.”

Jones says her lino home­wares are mostly larger ver­sions of her jew­ellery pieces.

“To make the clocks, maps and fly­ing ducks, I cut the shapes from wood and at­tach the lino and other adorn­ments to make the fin­ished pieces. The bunt­ing flags are strung to­gether with rings and chain.”

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