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About Q

Quyen's love affair with the flowers and creatures of the garden began early in the crisp air and green hills of NZ, days spent fashioning daisy chains, picking apple blossoms and jonquils. She rollerskated, liked to swing on the colourful plastic strips hanging at the kitchen door and preferred the blue bowl. This was a stark contrast to the more unusual forms that greeted her late childhood in the sandy Australian bush, hot dry pointy zig zag leaves, curly knarled shapes and a sundrenched burnt colour palette. After falling out of a tree in her rollerskates and breaking her arm, she stopped skating and worked on her flexibility instead. Against her will but at the will of her mother, she got a perm. Her big sister taught her how to make a stocking on the sewing machine, she began painting patterns in acrylic and still preferred the blue bowl. 


Prior to finding her feet in surface pattern design, Quyen studied Environmental Design/Architecture and considered taking up skating again. She spent time in Japan where texture and surface beckoned, as well as okonomiyaki and learning to cycle up mountains one handed whilst holding an umbrella in torrential rain. She enjoys obsessing over hand drawn patterns most, but also loves what the machine can do to make her work pop and her genius appear more magical, it is the ultimate tessellating friend. She loves and loathes trend, works with it and against it as she sees fit. Her experience ranges from bespoke collections for local fashion, to swim & surf wear, sleepwear, childrens, lingerie, sports, footwear, accessories, paper products, and RTW collections of major brands, textile studios and artists worldwide. More recently, building and construction projects have also been completed. 


Currently she enjoys watching her two children draw, most fun are the interpretations of their chickens Pickle, Power and Pluto. It is their favourite occupation, after somersaulting off the couch and talking about Star Wars.