If you haven’t heard of textile studio Sixhands, consider this your introduction. Featured in Habitus 04, Sixhands (the hands belong to Alecia Jensen, Anna Harves and Brianna Pike, by the way) are well known in Australian fashion circles.
Their fresh textile designs have been taken on by some of the most prolific brands in Australia, (Bonds and Sportsgirl), established fashion heavyweights (Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill) and forward young labels (One Teaspoon and Bianca Spender).
But now they’ve got something in store for us design-lovers.
The trio are spreading their wings (hands?) to translate a collection of interior accessories including screenprinted cushions, fabrics, lampshades and canvases and digital and metallic wallpapers. Sixhands at home? Yes please!
The focus is on “Hand-painted rendering styles, photorealistic motifs, that create a richness and depth,” they describe. “We have also explored more traditional screen-printed designs to complement and co-ordinate within the range, fusing the warmth of traditional craftmanship and the limitless possibilities of new technology”.
It’s a new direction for the ‘hands’, but they’re taking on the challenge wholeheartedly. They say, “Sixhands interior products are animated by our roots in fashion, we are very aware of how the scale colour and pattern of our prints manipulates the object they are being applied to.
“The difference between producing textiles and their application to objects is that you are dealing with breadth, depth and height. It’s like designing pret-a-porter, the object will be desired and adored but it also needs to be practical and induce an emotional connection that inspires people’s need to embrace it and take it home.”
That it certainly will.
Sixhands will be sharing their story as part of the Habitus Conversation Series in August. Stay tuned later this week for more details.