I’m Rebecca, the face behind Blue Radish. I create handprinted homewares in Canberra, Australia. As well as selling my Blue Radish products on Etsy, I also write a blog called the Family Footprint Project, am a wife, a mother to three teenagers and like to spend my spare time creating art or in my garden.
Blue Radish was born in 2008 from the marriage of my interest in sewing and my new love, screenprinting. But my creativity journey goes way back to my childhood when I loved to do anything arty or crafty. My dear mum and nanna taught me how to sew. Nanna even bought me my first sewing machine for my 21st birthday. I did art at school and have tried soooo many media over the years. In 2008 I was looking for an evening course to do and discovered the wonderful Megalo Print Studio here in Canberra. I enrolled in a screenprinting on fabric course, returning to a medium I had loved in high school. It was from there that Blue Radish grew.
It began as a kind of sanity saviour in my years as a stay-at-home mum. I would sew things, particularly bags at that point, from the fabric I printed. But I ran out of friends and family to give my creations to! So I started to sell them. When I finally returned to paid employment, I realised that my most important values, of family, freedom and creativity, were being seriously challenged by the change in circumstances so, in 2015, I took the plunge and resigned to run Blue Radish full-time. For four years I have sold my screenprinted creations online and at markets here in Canberra. You can find my screen printed homewares here on Etsy.