Carolyn Kohler

For me, creating my designs is like painting with fleece. I love to blend colours and textures to create gorgeous pieces that lift the spirit and make a personal statement for the wearer. With a background in fashion and a passion for colour, texture and design it was a natural progression for me to create wearable art.

Mother Nature, in particular flowers, provides a never-ending source of inspiration for my designs, as do the stunning vistas here on the south coast of NSW, Australia. The seasonal changes are reflected in my creations in the colour, weight and style of each garment.

My designs are all original, handcrafted pieces that combine Australian Merino with silk using traditional nuno felting techniques. Embellishments are of natural fibres including mohair, alpaca and cotton as well as beading in stone, timber, shell and seed. I hand dye all my fleece and silk making each piece completely unique. I also like to upcycle and reconstruct garments, sometimes combing with felt or hand dyed silk to produce individualised pieces.

My range includes clothing such as jackets, vests, scarves and wraps, as well as accessory pieces like bags, hats and jewellery. I also make homeware items such as throws, rugs, cushions and wall hangings.