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About Laughing Bird

The “Laughing Bird Studio” emerged from the rolled up drawings and prints which were ever increasing a few years back now, in a grown up backpack.

A move to the incredibly beautiful habitat of the Blue Mountains in 2006, and a permanent studio space for an increasing number of silk screens provided the perfect location to settle down and start the first hand printed wild flower inspired print collection.

In studio Freedom Wilson maneuvers between printed and drawn artwork for exhibition, art projects, and our “Laughing Bird” screen printed textiles range, and designing and custom printing for a fun and thought provoking group of clients.

A love of bush walking and our wild Australian natural heritage are forever inspiring up here in the Blue Mountains. At work we are entertained by rosella’s, kookaburra’s, bower birds and in summer time blue tongue lizards and the occasional tiger snake.Its pretty cool… The National park is literally on our doorstep.

Mostly each “Laughing Bird” design is hand drawn and painted before being printed using traditional artisan screen printing methods, with inspiration manifesting on  bush walks.

Actually perhaps it all started as a child of the 1980’s with a blank t-shirt, homemade stamps to print, a packet of buttons, some ribbon meterage and a plastic tube of florescent orange puff paint from the local habedashery store. A life long addiction to print, paper, drawing and raw fabric  had begun, there was not to be a backward glance.

As life became more serious Freedom studied Textile design at Melbourne’s R.M.I.T,  followed by an an MA in Printmaking at C.O.F.A.

A very inspiring two years were spent working for “Australian Volunteer’s International” in Swaziland teaching various art and textile applications at a trade school for young women, and being enchanted by  the immediacy and romanticism of African art and textile culture’s.

Central Australia called, and Freedom worked in Art Centre admin with the indigenous painting community at Haasts Bluff. It was a privilige to to spend time living, working and sketching within the community in such an isolated and beautiful natural environment.

But today from our Blue Mountains studio we enjoy a good old layering of prints to represent the plethora and diversity of natvie wildflowers and creatures. “Laughing Bird”  screen printed fabrics are stitched locally.

Our favourite fabrics are heavy duty and natural. Linen and hemp are some of the worlds oldest, and our considerable experimentation draws conclusive evidence that they are the longest lasting and most durable, as well as continuously looking and feeling amazing.

It’s is all made possible too, from a very wonderful and supportive family.

We love the entire process. Hope you like the results!

 

About Laughing Bird

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At the “Laughing Bird studio” we print to order. Each order takes about two weeks to print up, make up and send off. If you require your order urgently please let us know.

Because we love this planet we use’s solvent free pigments and dyes on natural fabrics made to last.

We minimize all packaging and waste. We recycle and when ever possible and eat vegetarian food grown in our vegetable garden for lunch.

We welcome your custom print and collaboration enquiries. If you would like one of our designs with something special, a specific color, some type, on a cushion etc,  this is all possible…please contact us.

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At Laughing Bird we design and hand print all our products here, in our Blue Mountains studio. Our designs are inspired by the plants and animals of Australia.

We print to order.Each order takes us two weeks to print up and package.Please let us know if you require an order urgently. If an order will for a reason take longer we will let you know before commencing production.

Wholesale. The wholesale of Laughing Bird products is available only to approved retail stores at the discretion of Laughing Bird.

Minimums.There is a minimum requirement of 5 products in any 1 design and colour ordered.ie 5xech.bkn1 (5x black echidna print tea towels on natural colour).

Payment.Unless 30 day terms have been discussed and accepted all orders are to be paid upfront and packages will be sent once invoice’s have been paid in full. If you place an order and do not pay within 30 days we reserve the right to cancel the order. All goods remain the property of Laughing Bird until paid in full. Payment can be made with a direct deposit, via Paypal or with a credit card.

 

GST. All prices quoted include GST.

Postage. Unless otherwise discussed all packages will be sent via registered Australia post.


 

Returns. Please note that we hand print to order and each product will be slightly unique. Print colours are not always identical, and some prints slightly heavier or lighter than the last print. Computer monitors can distort colours.

We are happy to accept your change of mind returns for an exchange only, within 10 days of receipt of your package. The cost of the return postage will be yours.

In the unusual situation that you are sent an imperfect product please contact us in writing and we will be very happy to either send you a replacement product or reimburse you, once we receive the imperfect product, in its original condition.

Images. We are happy to send you Laughing Bird images for the promotional purposes of your store only. If you would like to photograph Laughing Bird products for your own printed material you must ask for and receive our our written consent first.

We reserve the right to change the Laughing Bird terms and conditions at any time.

 

 

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