About Us

Heather-and-YvonneWabi Sabi Designz is the collaboration between sisters, Yvonne and Heather. Our childhood was spent growing up in the 1950’s in a coastal town in regional Queensland. As girls we learnt to sew under our mother’s guiding hand.  Mum, like many typical 1950’s housewives, spent many hours on her sewing machine fashioning clothing and homewares from new and recycled fabrics. Our Nana lived at the end of our street, so she was close by and we shuttled between her house and home almost on a daily basis. The most enjoyable sewing lessons were on our Nana’s ancient Singer treadle sewing machine. Both our mother and Nana were excellent needlewomen and in those days, these skills were passed down to the girls in the family as a matter of course.

Our mother and grandmothers recycled fabrics and trims as a matter of course long before it became fashionable to do so. We have drawn on these happy memories and this time honoured approach and commitment to recycling worn but treasured  textiles to create something new and beautiful from something old.   We recycle vintage silk, cotton and wool kimono and obi textiles to create unique one off pieces.  Some of these textiles date back to the 1920’s and through the decades up to contemporary times.  The piece of vintage silk or cotton textile itself will often determine the final design and creation we produce.  Our current range is called Wabi (meaning refined and elegant simplicity).

The vintage and contemporary fabrics in our range are sourced from Japan and within Australia. All our textiles are 100% silk, linen, wool, hemp or cotton.

 

Our maternal grandmother Randell was fascinated
with all things Japanese. In the early 1930’s,
she hand made a complete
geisha outfit for our mother to
attend her school fancy dress mother