Walter G is Genevieve Hewson and Lauren Emerson - two best friends who met in Year 7 in Sydney’s North. After graduating Commerce and Design in 2008 and 2010 respectively – they went on to travel extensively, particularly to places known for their textiles – such as South America and Vietnam.
Lauren travelled to India to do an internship as part of her degree, and Gen went to visit several times. They completely fell in love with it – and the idea that they could start a textile company was born. They promptly moved to India for 6 months and immersed themselves, learning everything that they could about indigo and block printing techniques – living in tiny and remote villages.
Upon returning to Australia, sadly both of their grandfathers Walter and George passed at a similar time. Walter G is named in their honour – and the business was officially launched at Life Instyle in Sydney in 2012.
Lauren and Genevieve believe strongly in maintaining a hands on approach within the business, travelling to India 2 to 3 times per year and staying true to their passion for the hand block printing process.
They describe their brand as lived-in, imperfect, timeless, relaxed, and artisanal. All designs are their own creation, developed hands-on with a team of Indian artisans and completely hand-blocked.
Jan Kath is one of the most exciting designers to watch within the rug industry. With his modern designs, Jan Kath (born 1972) is creating a completely new perspective on carpets. Guided by a bold approach in his work, Kath, originally from Bochum, combines classical elements of oriental carpets with contemporary, minimalist design. Cadrys are the exclusive stockist of Jan Kath rugs in Australia.
Innovation is at the heart of Tammy Kanat’s creations. After 12 years as a jewelry designer, Tammy has diverted her artistic talents to textiles. The weaving journey began in 2011, when she enrolled into the highly reputed Australian Tapestry Workshop to learn and refine the complex skill of tapestry weaving.
“For me weaving projects a mood. I follow my instinct to create designs that feel balanced. I am very visual, always taking note of my surroundings and believe this is reflected in my work.”
A keen advocate of streamlined, well-resolved spaces combined with an elegant and sophisticated decorative layering, Hicks has revolutionised modern design and has created a unique international style, for which he is well known and in constant demand.
David Hicks has won and been shortlisted for numerous national and international design awards, including the FX International Design Awards, Belle Coco Republic Design Awards, IDEA Awards, Australian Interior Design Awards and the Dulux Colour Awards.
We are thrilled to have David as one of our exclusive designers here at Cadrys.