We are so pleased to have a small edit of Curio Practice Throws in the Pampa collection. Curio Practice is a Melbourne-based brand by founder Georgie Brunmayr, crafting High-quality blankets informed by the concept of the traditional curio cabinet, where heirlooms and items of wonder are collected and displayed.
We continue to tell a story through a space of handmade textiles, and a love to keep ancient practices alive. With their instantly recognisable designs in captivating colours made with ultra-fine verified Australian Merino Wool.
The SPICEY MOUSSE and The CHOCOLATE MOUSSE throws are available in our offering; for this In Focus we sit back with Georgie and discuss where it all began.
Tell us about your love for textiles; when did it begin?
I have always preferred to use my hands to make something, rather than write, or talk. For a long time that was a challenge on how or what this skill I had would become. I studied textiles at university, and found it endless, but I fell in love with the complicated nature of industrial knitting. I felt at the time studying machine programming would enable me to merge material innovation and craftsmanship into 1 path. And it has, I have traveled to many places and worked for incredible brands. I love what history can come from one single piece of material, someone’s skill, someone’s wage, their passion, their culture.
And the importance of materials in everyday life, we are constantly surrounded by materials yet there is very little people understand about them they effect.
We love the thought that goes into everything, down to the hand stitching of the labels, describe the Curio Practice process.
It was very simple. I wanted to make a product that was truly sustainable, and know everyone who was a part of the making. I needed the blankets to be natural fiber, and made in Australia with local manufacturers. I wanted something beautiful, and something Australia could be proud of.
You have already come so far, what are you most proud of and why?
I love my factory, and love how we have all grown together. How we train each other, and constantly learn and build from each other. Building a community of makers, and honouring their skills has been so special.
Tell us what you wanted to change within the textile industry and how you went about this.
I’ve shown people it is possible to make with a lot of intention and thought to every step of design. From yarn fiber to a finished product. But there is a lot I want to do. The textile industry is very complicated, and faces a lot of hardships within Australia. There is no Government support for textiles practices which makes it very hard to achieve growth and long term success. We have a lot of talented manufacturers in Australia, with incredible skills, but these are at risk of being lost. The pressure to produce offshore is very high, but we must nurture the skilful producers we have here.
Photos: Annika Kafcaloudis