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Judith Love, Love And West
Love And West is an independent Australian company producing cushions and shopping totes made from vintage tea towels. The venture was started by three friends, graphic designers who shared a passion for the imagination and time that once went into creating these domestic artworks. Co-founder Judith Love (pictured above with her rescue labrador Stan) designs many of the products.
“Colour, humour and a love of repurposing old linens are what inspire my work,” she says. “It’s great when people recognise the vintage tea towels from their own mother’s or grandmother’s stash. It prompts the loveliest conversations about their childhoods.”
Judith has been building her collection for many years. From ransacking her grandmother’s cupboards to searching every op shop up and down the coast of NSW, she has an eye for nostalgic designs. But while she loves the products that result, Judith is all too aware that the original vintage materials are finite. “I am currently in discussions with a print house to develop new designs myself,” she says. “I enjoy hand-making individual items and selling them to customers who get as much joy from them as I do.”
Check out the extensive range of cushions, from $50 each, and shopping totes, $30, online at loveandwest.com, or in living colour at Object Shop in Sydney’s Australian Design Centre and The Happenstore in Annandale, Sydney.
‘ELEVATING A HUMBLE OBJECT LIKE THE DOMESTIC TEA TOWEL INTO AN ITEM READY TO TAKE A PLACE OF PROMINENCE IS INCREDIBLE.’ Judith Love