Follow your passion, and sucess will follow you
To create beautiful, ethical wares, featuring original, environmentally inspired designs captured from the natural beauty around us, in an environmentally sustainable manner that evokes thought for the future and the preservation of the wilderness and the fragile species that live within it.
To ultimately create meaningful employment in Tasmania in both retail and manufacturing!
I am the founder, director, designer, maker, and captain of this amazing ship since 2009.
The SQ Studio was founded in 2009 with nothing more than vision, passion, and drive to be part of the global sustainable living movement, although back in 2009 I have to say we were well ahead of the trend and only the past few years have we really seen the potential of being at the forefront of conscious consumerism. especially since COVID19, so there is a silver lining!
With over a decade of experience in sales and marketing a move to the "creative side" has refreshed my soul and made me a passionate convert to the global slow fashion movement and as time has gone on my love for the wilderness, supporting small makers and ethical production has become part of who I am and what I stand for it drives me daily to do better although the road hasn't been an easy one.
On a winter’s night years ago, I sat at the attic window of a secluded sandstone shack in the heart of Freycinet Tasmania. I was mesmerised by a huge yellow moon so full and bright that I couldn't sleep. Heavy surf pounded the shoreline close by and rattled the old windows...birds chirped cheerily in the nearby bush-land as they settled and roosted for the night. In the dark of the night, with the light of the moon as a backdrop, the world seemed to be outlined with black ink marker.
In those moments I realised that something had to change in my life, it was a fleeting certainty, but a moment in time that changed everything. I just knew that there was no going back and that my purpose was to make a change in my life, one that would have a positive effect on others and most importantly be part of a positive change in the world, one that embraced change rather than ignoring the problem as being too big to fix!
This was the setting for the birth of The Spotted Quoll Studio. The next morning, I woke early to see a sea mist burning away in the gentle sunshine of a Tasmanian Winter’s Day. The first thing I grabbed was a clean white piece of paper and a pen and started jotting down all the ideas that had swirled around in my head most of the night, inspiration pouring out and onto the page.
Hours disappeared before I emerged to realise that in one weekend (and over a few good bottles of fine Tassie Pinot) I had put together an entire business plan: to create environmentally inspired designs for the home & body, based on the natural, native flora and fauna surrounding me. I wanted to not only bring awareness of our natural wonders to the table, but a real plan to educate people about our endangered species and to contribute financially to saving them...and I do admit the selfish side of me really wanted to be inspired and to work towards accomplishing change every single day.
“Wild at heart, ethical by nature”; that is the motto of The Spotted Quoll Studio, and it’s one they are proud to uphold since their inception in 2009, where they design and produce a range of size inclusive ethical fashion, homewares and jewellery using sustainable resources from Australia and beyond.
Our Store manager Sarah may have a slight Canadian accent, but she has called Tasmania home since she fell in love and married a local man and has two boys of her own. She has such a love for Tasmania she also runs her own small business Bosa Art Co. specialising in water colours of native Tasmanian flora, fauna, and wildlife we collaborate with Sarah to produce our own exclusive prints for fabric that we absolutely love, not to mention it’s a way for two small business to connect, support and create fabulousness together.
You will find miss Maddy in store most days and on our IG feed as she is a fashionista and gosh she knows how to put things together, so if you are lucky enough to get served by her do milk her for all her talent! LOL Maddy was a chief and come to us during COVID lock down looking for a job and we are so glad as she is the bomb!
You will meet the beautiful Emma mostly on weekend shifts (we would have her every day if we could) but Emma is studying Arts/sculpture at Uni among other things she is also at local maker EM specialising in recycled leather earrings made in Hobart which of course we love and stock. She also loves to adventure around Tasmania in her spare time. Emma is a kind creative soul and we know you will love her like we do.
Sally come to us through the local Tafe where you will find her teaching Fashion Design 3 days a week, now she is an integral part of the SQ Team and has directed and implemented our new factory set up in Launceston, Tasmania. Her wealth of industry acknowledged spans many decades and she is currently whipping us into line with her enthusiasm and dedication to local manufacturing.
Not only does Shannon have a diploma in Applied Fashion Design she heads up all our production both fashion and home wares (we keep her very busy) plus she plays more sport than you can poke a stick and works as relief teacher not to mention a mum to her beautiful daughter Faith! Shannon may not be seen day to day at the store but my goodness me she is an integral part of the SQ team and yes Shannon made your clothes!
Elyse has Certificate 4 in Fashion Design (again under Sally at Tafe) and works full-time in both our factory departments, cutting and machining. As you can see from all her awards Elyse has a real love of the fashion industry and has been sewing since she was 12, I think the rag trade is in her blood and we are super glad to have her on board with us. When she is sewing she is playing AFL and cricket!
Apex Teenage Fashion Awards Casual Wear Runner-up – 2016 & 2018 Apex Teenage Fashion Awards Casual Wear Winner – 2017 Apex Teenage Fashion Awards National Finalist – 2016, 2017 & 2018 Riverside High School Textiles Subject Prize – 2017
Berry has 3 years Fashion Design and Technology at TAS TAFE trained under Sally and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge after working around the world in the industry. Berry makes your clothes part-time while she juggles motherhood and we are so glad to have her on board at our factory.