My mother and Grandmother made my clothes when I was little, I would have the design input (frills, frills and more frills) I would put all my outfits together myself. If I wasn't having fun dressing up- my large Barbie collection and Ken would be my fashion victims for the day.
I studied 4 years of fashion design at Sydney Tafe and loved every bit of it, I knew this is what wanted to do for the rest of my life. After finnishing with distinctions, I was snapped up straight away by a design house- however 12 months in I found raising my child and working
fulltime in the city, very full on and I went after a better work, life balance.
I found the best way to raise my son and earn an income, was to make garments and sell them at the local markets on weekends. In the beginning I only used recycled fabrics, so everything had a vintage feel and patchy like look. I see that now as such a significant time, as it forced me to learn more in depth about colour, learn how to mix and match prints and texture- this is found heavily in my collections and pieces today.
It has now become my absolute passion mixing fabrics, prints, textures and lace- coming up with something new and exciting.
You can see my one off pieces and collections today at The Rocks Markets in Sydney on weekends or please check out my stockist page for your closest retailer.
Along the way I have many won awards, one in particular took me to study fashion in Paris. I dressed beauty queens- Jesinta Campbell’s National Costume for Australia with the high heel sheep skin boots and made wedding gowns for High profile footballers partners.
I now have divided my label in two: Arthur Ave for kids and Natasha Dwyer - couture.