Hello, I am Tanya.
The ‘Old Grey House’ is our weatherboard cottage in Perth, Western Australia. This business was formed as a creative outlet while kid wrangling with two full of life, energetic boys.
My creative beginnings were formed studying Fashion and Textile Design and was followed by a career in the fashion industry. The move into homewares seemed a natural progression, combining a love of interior spaces and the experience gained working with textiles, fabric and printing.
I have two textile ranges under the Old Grey House brand, hand screen printed and indigo shibori.
My hand screen printed work is inspired by the abundant beauty found in Western Australia’s natural environment, ranging from the coastal regions of the South West to the flora and fauna of native bushland. The inspiration is drawn on paper, photographed, tested, deconstructed, reconstructed, printed and repeated until I find what keeps me coming back.
I use sustainable printing methods that require water based ink and print on natural base cloths made from either linen, cotton or hemp.
Shibori is the art of folding, binding, clamping and knotting to compress fabric to create a resist. I have rediscovered my love for indigo dying over the last few years and just love everything about this amazing process. The colour, technique and unpredictable nature of this craft is always a joy to work with. I have also hugely enjoyed sharing this art with others through workshops and creative gatherings. Meeting like minded people and teaching this craft has also become an inspiration in itself.
Thank you so much for having a browse,