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Cloth & Paper Studio Opens in Canberra

Molly McLaughlin

Searching high and low for fabrics, wallpapers or interior design inspiration? Canberra’s biggest textile house, Cloth & Paper Studio, has arrived.

Cloth & Paper Studio opens today in Fyshwick, bringing a veritable cornucopia of fabrics and wallpapers to Canberra. After working with her husband Tim at Chadwick Designs, which creates window furnishings, Belle Chadwick realised there was a huge need for beautiful fabrics right here in Canberra. She has teamed up with Sarah Annand, who brings extensive fabric knowledge to the project, to build an agency that represents 13 of the biggest brands in soft furnishings and wallpaper.

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Images by Martin Ollman.

“At Chadwick Designs we fell into a niche of working with interior designers, architects and builders and they were constantly saying that they had no resources in Canberra,” Belle explains. “In any one week, six of our designers were in Sydney or Melbourne sourcing fabric, which is crazy for a town of our size.”

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Belle and Sarah wanted to create a space where people who are interested in soft furnishings can access products, information and industry know-how. They have also started working with CIT who have already held a textiles class at Cloth and Paper Studio.

“We’ve really tried to build a hub, a design community,” Belle says. “Anyone can come in, whether you’re in the trades, a home owner or an interior designer, and you can design a cushion, get hooked up with a maker or choose a fabric for your designer.”

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Cloth and Paper Studio is unique in the way it approaches fabric, with constantly changing displays from local designers and a kids’ corner of colourful and graphic cushions, so clients can bring along their kids and explore the extensive and diverse range of fabrics.

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“We have displays of what these fabrics can do, because we’re trying to link trade with clients,” Belle says. “Fabric is about living with it, no one wants just a roll of fabric. We’ve got some digital fabrics that are completely customisable, we even have some couture silks for fashion. We’ve also got more traditional linens and we carry Mulberry’s amazing wallpapers. Every day as we were unpacking we couldn’t believe the beautiful stuff coming out!”

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Belle and Sarah have noticed mixing fabrics (denims, quilted fabrics and felt) to create a single item as the trend to look out for at the moment, along with lots of navy heading into winter. But it’s not just about what’s ‘in’ – they have also chosen to stock classic and timeless styles.

“We’ve tried not to put too much of our taste front and centre, we want everyone to be able to find something they love and not be too driven by trends. We’re trying to show Canberra you don’t have to go with boring fabric. For a custom piece it’s easy and affordable to update your interior.”

the essentials

What: Cloth & Paper Studio
Where: 9 Lyell Street, Fyshwick
When: Open now
Web: clothandpaperstudio.com.au

Photography by Martin Ollman

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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