One thing I love just as much as reading and collecting books, is collecting other bookish merchandise. Whether it’s bookmarks, journals, bookends, mugs… if it’s associated with reading, then I’m all over it!
As a new feature on Words Read & Written, I’m going to profile some awesome bookish swag I’ve seen and loved online. If you have seen something you’ve adored and would like to see it profiled, let me know about it.
Today I’m featuring Salisbury Road – a store that sells textiles that are unique, handmade, high quality and 100% designed and made in Sydney, Australia. The Salisbury Road store is filled with tote bags, cushions and aprons. Check it out.
Name: Salisbury Road – Retro inspired Textiles & Homewares by Shelly Acland-Goben
Location: Home studio @Turramurra, Sydney
Selling on Etsy since: February 2015
Why Totes: I love having an assortment of canvas tote bags at my door to carry extra bits and pieces. They are strong and versatile and prevent the use of plastic bags. Life is too short to have plain calico ones. So after making cushions and aprons from my screenprinted natural textiles, totes were the obvious next choice so that my designs could be enjoyed when out and about too.
The Retro Series of Totes, including pink or blue Caravans and the new geometric range in charcoal and white, are 40 x 35cm with 100% cotton webbing handles. They are perfect for stylishly carrying library books, bread, flowers, a beach towel, laptop, or gym wear, and can be folded into your handbag to pull out anytime. They also make wonderful gifts and are easy to post.
What Inspires your designs: Salisbury Road designs are fresh, modern playful statements with inspiration drawn from the 1920’s-1960’s, the simplicity of Scandinavian design and Shelly’s passion for collecting vintage home decor. The shapes and colours of objects that tell the stories of days gone by are reinterpreted into modern designs.
The hero print of her first range for fabric & wallpaper is the Retro Caravan, inspired by childhood Summers spent beachside on the mid-North Coast of NSW in her Grandparents’ caravan.
Where else can we find your products: http://www.downthatlittlelane.com.au, Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery 28th November, Online store opening soon.
Any book recommendations: I’m currently being inspired by Kate Spade’s “Places to go, People to see”. On my bedside table is Tim Winton’s “Eyrie” and Liat Hughes Joshi’s “New Old-Fashioned Parenting.”. On my list to read next is Marie Kondo’s “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. The Japanese art of decluttering and organising.”
Shelly was lovely enough to send me a tote in the mail! I loved the packaging:
And here is the latest instalment in the Throne of Glass series modelling with the tote 🙂