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Saltbush Avenue  Mod handmade decor, graphic design, plants, retro vibes. Run by Stephanie Albares. Hey y'all. ✖️ Hobart, Australia 🌿☀️🍁❄️ ✖️ steph@saltbushavenue.com


It’s happening today! Etsy Made Local Hobart is ON, and Saltbush Avenue is there with retro-inspired cushion covers, geo felt coasters, striking letterpress prints and more.
Come say hi while you shop handmade this Christmas ☺️

Christmas-themed letterpress tags ✨ Metallic silver ink + heavy card + 1m candy stripe twine. I like the plainspoken, sincere quality of the vintage movable type.

I’ve got more letterpress projects on the go right now, not to mention Etsy Made Local Hobart @emlhobart THIS WEEKEND ahhhhh (Nov 25-26). It’s a very busy time of year, but an enjoyable one.

Yes, you. 💛


Last year’s letterpress Christmas cards have been popular, and I have a small handful remaining, so get in quick! These cards were printed using printing ornaments + vintage machinery, and you can feel it once you touch them ✨

Luckily I’ve got a new batch that’s very nearly ready, just in time for the @emlhobart @hobarttwilightmarket and @cuckoo_hobart markets!

Pigface springtime celebration. Look at this scrubby, unremarkable native succulent suddenly putting on a glorious show. I’m busy this month: I have a heap of products to photograph and list, branding work to wrap up, @emlhobart details to oversee and like a million other loose ends I’m forgetting. Breathe, kid.
I hope the weather’s nice (or at least not-lousy) wherever you are today. 🌸

Sunderland 🍃 Vintage upholstery striped in tan, beige, leaf green and olive green, just like a ‘70s deck chair. Keep your muted pastels; I’ll bet a crisp $10 bill that this is becoming a trendy colour scheme again soon. #saltbushavenue

ZZ plants and wool/shag colourblock cushions: good for all seasons inside my home. 🍃 #saltbushavenue

HEY MALL-BIN, what’s good? Looking forward to spending a few days in Melbourne this week ☀️ This time last year I saw the David Hockney exhibition at the NGV and now, uh, I have no idea what’s currently happening. If you’ve got any recommendations for coffee, food, art, events - I’d love to hear it. (🖼 - A Bigger Splash, 1967)

Appealing textures are a defining trait in everything I make, whether it’s textiles or letterpress prints. It’s tough to convey that pick-me-up-and-touch-me factor at a distance. Luckily I’ll be bringing my wares to @emlhobart, @hobarttwilightmarket and @cuckoo_hobart in the next few weeks! I’m excited (and a little anxious) to hear what people think.

All my textiles are made from secondhand and vintage fabrics, and the Rowana cushion is one of my favourites ☀️

Letterpress Christmas cards underway ♥️ Found this gem of a printing ornament in the print shop drawers. I love the cut of that Merry Christmas, it’s perfecto. If you want in on these cards, I’ve re-listed last year’s batch in my shop👌👌

Etsy Made Local Hobart catalogue in progress 😬 I ended up going ham on Futura for this project, since I used a beautiful illustration from @becskidesign for our promo materials (swipe through to see) and I get an elegant, composed, retro-nostalgic vibe from her work. Sometimes you have to dust off an old classic, even if modern geometrics are easier on the eyes.
Anyhow: I’m excited about the breadth of talent that will be at this market. Nov 25-26, Hobart Showgrounds. It’s gonna be a good one. ✨

GOD LOVES UGLY 💛 I like weird retro fabrics, like this '70s polyester upholstery I used for the Gormanston cushion covers. The texture is almost scratchy. The fabric is showing its age, even after a good wash. It could have come from the curtains in your childhood home, or from your nan's couch sitting in the garage. Only God can judge me, this fabric is whispering. It's not going to appeal to everybody, but for the ones who are drawn to its daggy character, it'll suit them down to the ground.

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