Friday, 6 July 2012

profile kambamboo.

kambamboo bamboo print fabric in marigold
new tree tops fabric in rock and berry
water breeze fabric in moss
bamboo print in dahlia
kookaburra journey pillow in bright marigold

kookaburra journey pillow in still water
new water breeze cushion in moss
new water breeze fabric in berry
new water breeze fabric in rock
whale tail fabric in still water chair upholstered by flourish and blume
cameron and bec duff of kambamboo
For partners in life and business Cameron and Bec Duff, kambamboo was born out of a simple idea - to bring the dynamic colours and rhythms they see and feel in the worldto life on printed fabric. Based in Byron Bay the couple's homeware/fabric label has gone from strength to strength with their natural fabrics and water-based prints striking a green chord which is reflective of their beautiful environment. Heading to the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane this weekend, followed by Design:Made:Trade in Melbourne (19-22nd July) market goers will get the first chance to peruse and purchase Kambamboo's new print range which includes tree tops and water breeze prints in a range of new colourways berry (red), moss (green), rock (grey-brown). For online shoppers they'll be available late August. Enjoy!

Cameron how would you describe yourself in five words?

Meticulous, passionate and always learning.

What was your childhood dream?

To become a break dance champion at 9 years of age.

What led you down your current path?

A background in film, photography, fine arts, printing and design plus a love for creating tangible artworks that live in our daily worlds.

What do you love most about what you do?

The complexity and simplicity in the design and printing process. There is always something to discover and new to think about.

Where do you seek inspiration?

I'm always open to being inspired by anything or anyone, and usually am. With kambamboo we try and focus on a theme for each of our collections but other inspirations do wander in sometimes. Once we have our theme it’s interesting to see the inspiration it generates. An example of this would be our new prints inspired by our trip to Yosemite National Park in the U.S.

Who do you admire?

My wife Bec. She inspires me in my life and work.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Realising you can’t do everything on your own. We were confronted with this challenge once our designs and product ideas began to grow larger than our tiny little studio. Expanding our production team was the only solution, keeping all operations close by our base (in Byron Bay) we tapped into the amazing pool of creative and professional talent we had around us. We’re so lucky to have such highly skilled artisans and great team players working with us.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?

Having customers and other designers see our designs and even though they are mostly not of literal objects, they mention how the designs remind them of the same things. It feels like we are really communicating through our fabrics.

What are your top creative resources?

All the work of Will Eisner, German expressionism, ‘Eye & Brain The Psychology of Seeing’ by Richard L. Gregory and any music that takes you somewhere.

What dream do you still want to fulfill?

To get all my creative energy out and physically into this world. And to go to Mexico.

What's next?

Our newest collection inspired by our trip to Yosemite National Park is about to launch at the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane. This is extremely exciting for us, as our new prints and wares go out into the world. We have endless ideas for future themes and design ideas floating around but the current collection is still feeling like the next big thing to us.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:

Read - screenplays.

Watch - movies & soccer.

Cook - any kind of fish.

Create - draw or print making.

Listen to - Eric Bibb.

Dream about - Mexico.

Look forward to - the next sunny day.