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Ju­dith Love, Love And West

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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

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