Meet the maker: the face behind the brand
She loves big colour, retro textiles and European Modernism.
Meet Tamara Watts.
You know the brand, now it’s time to meet the brain behind it. Based on her love of sculptural design and retro silhouettes - for over 10 years Tamara has built Retro Print Revival - testament to her passion for Australian made homewares that will last the test of time.
Following her relocation from country Victoria to Melbourne, she fell in love with the world of vintage textiles, print and pattern, and furniture. She spent weekends at markets, op shops, estate sales - trawling through tables of vintage pieces, adding to her visual vocabulary of retro design. After collecting an expansive vintage fabric collection, Tamara made her first wall hanging - which garnered her fans, before creating a matching lamp. Before long she launched production of her retro-inspired lamps.
“It’s important to me to support our artisans and makers to keep manufacturing alive within Australia. We source as much as we can right here in Melbourne - in fact in adjoining suburbs to my studio, keeping business within my own local community.”
“It means when you buy from me you know you’re not just supporting me, but seven other Australian businesses. I review every single component and make sure it’s made to the best standard, to be enjoyed around Australia and the world.”
Drawing on a mix of materials and textures results in her signature look that emphasises her unique designs. With the added intent of minimising carbon footprint, her pieces not only add artistic appeal and ambience but retain an eco-consciousness for stylish, healthy homes.