ABOUT US

Follow your passion, and sucess will follow you

The Ethos of The SQ Tasmania

To create beautiful, ethical wares, featuring original, environmentally inspired designs captured from the natural beauty around us. Produced 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!

Tamika Bannister

Founder/Director

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.

#tamikamadeitallhappen

OUR STORY

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.

MEET OUR RETAIL TEAM


Maddy Crawford

Store Manager

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!

#maddyservedyou


Emma Wadley

Weekender

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.

#emmaservedyou


Georgia Gary

Online Extraordinaire

Lovely Georgia isn't often seen in the store, she is found upstairs in our pack & wrap department in between Uni and dancing classes.

She is responsible for packing all your online orders, this is a busy, dynamic role with her eagle eye attention to detail making sure your orders get packed & wrapped super quick.

#georgiapackedyourorders


Kellie Rakich

Customer Care

Kellie has a background is textile weaving, design and manufacturing. With a fabulous eye for colour and fashion suitability for all body shapes, she will give you her honest thoughts when it comes to choosing the right clothing and home decor.

Her side hustle is making baby carriers, Ankalia Textiles, in her Hobart Studio along with advocating the safe use of baby carriers as an industry go to.

#kellieservedyou



MEET OUR FACTORY TEAM

Sally Lowe

Fashion Designer
Production Manager

Sally come to us with a wealth of knowledge, most recently migrated from the local Tafe where she was teaching Fashion Design. 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.

#sallymadeyourclothes

Bre Ollington

Operations Manager
Graphic Designer

Bre is our organiser, fixer and make it happen IT guru, not to mention our in-house designer. Bre comes to us from a graphic design background and has been working with us for many years prior to becoming an official team member.

Bre's role is dynamic, fast paced and ever changing and we love having her on board the SQ train.

#brecutyourclothes

Shannon Edmunds

Machinist
Garment Cutter

Not only does Shannon have a diploma in Applied Fashion Design but 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 and new son Elijah!

Shannon may not be seen day to day at the store but my goodness me she is an integral part of the SQ team.

#shannonmadeyourclothes

Elyse Page

Machinist
Garment Cutter

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 isn't 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

#elysemadeyourclothes

Berry Laio

Machinist

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.

#berrymadeyourclothes

Danielle Blay

Machinist
Fashion Designer

Danielle not only is one of our best machinist but she recently completed Cert. IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising and was the winner of our design competition with Tafe Tas.

Danielle’s Meadow dress was a clear winner and certainly “A Breath of Fresh Air” as her collection suggested, so we are delighted to add this exciting new exclusive cut to our core range. The Meadow will be featured in vary fabrics throughout the seasons.

#daniellemadeyourclothes

Ange Letchford

Jewellery Designer

Miss Ange started with The SQ Studio back when it all began, (we would pack orders in my lounge room and she would make jewellery at home in between school pick ups), she also worked in our Launceston store many, many moons ago.

She left to pursue her career in Personal Training, (which she still does), but she has found her way back to the SQ Studio factory where she works closely with Bre and Sally, making and designing our range of Eco Bead Jewellery. So glad she is home.

#angemadeyourjewellery

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