Studio Tour

Studio Tour: Victoria Pemberton

by Maxwell Tielman

From the runway to the hallway, indigo seems to have taken the world completely by storm this year. Although we had seen whisperings of this emerging trend over the past few years, everything these days seems to be dyed with this beautiful shade of blue. We have our fair share of design-world go-tos who are working with this timeless plant-based pigment, but one of our recent favorites is Melbourne-based designer Victoria Pemberton, the proprietor of the textile company Bind | Fold.

Pemberton originally turned to fabric dying as a hobby while caring for her newborn son, Miles. Over time, however, this hobby turned into a passion and then into a full-fledged business. Employing a wide variety of techniques from shibori to quilting, Pemberton’s process has as much to do with sustainability as it does with beautiful results. “As someone who works with chemicals on a near daily basis,” she notes on her website, “it’s important to me that I work in an environmentally sustainable way. With this in mind, I am currently focusing on using only natural, plant-based dyes in my work.” In addition to her exclusive use of natural dyes and fabrics, Pemberton has also made efforts to curb waste by incorporating fabric scraps into new designs. Victoria was kind enough to share some photographs of her studio and process with us recently — check them all out in the slideshow! —Max

Photos by Hilary Walker

Victoria in her Melbourne studio.
Victoria's studio shelf. "I keep a few items here that are ready to ship along with a few of my old cameras," she says. "The old Mamiya makes a great bookend."
Victoria's sewing area, overlooking the outside street. "The chair was picked up in a vintage store in Brunswick and then I reupholstered it with indigo shibori dyed canvas," she says.
The cutting table.
Handmade basket by Jo Ruchel. "I store my fabric scraps here for use in future projects," Victoria says. "I have a few small bags of these tucked away for a rainy day."
The laundry area.
A selection of clamps and other tools that Victoria uses for her shibori pieces.

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