Meet your maker: Gemma Patford

Vessels fashioned from twine give spring home makeovers a beautiful twist.

With a background in pattern-making, designer Gemma Patford is no stranger to pulling things apart and piecing them back together. Working from her home studio in Melboune's Brunswick, she fashions rope into softly sculpted bowls, market baskets and wall-hangings, then dip-paints the assorted forms in bright neon and popping hues.

How did you get into homewares?
I've always been making. I used to run a fashion label but I found that limiting. The baskets came around just from fooling around with what I had in the studio, experimenting with different ropes. 

You buy your materials in very small runs. Why?
I like each design to be completely different to the one before. If they're all sitting together on a table, I want them looking like a family, but never exactly the same. Buying my rope in smaller quantities ensures uniqueness. Hopefully the same person can pick up two of the same style, and fall in love with both for different reasons. Gemma Patford rope vessels from $45.  


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