designer activewear about me

 

Welcome! I started Matcha & Ink as a way to merge my two passions, health & surface design. I worked in the health & nutrition industry for many years before deciding in 2013 that I wanted to pursue my creative dreams. I studied graphic design & illustration with the goal of becoming a textile designer.

I create unique illustrations and pattern designs which are turned into ethically made, designer activewear.

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, qualified naturopath & nutritionist who decided being creative was what I really loved to do. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and work from home while parenting my human and furry children.

My Goal is to Create Designer Activewear at an Affordable Price.

I started this business because I was frustrated by the selection of activewear in my wardrobe. Black is a great color, but it gets a bit boring when you wear black yoga leggings for the gym or yoga studio day in, day out. I am a print & pattern lover, but I could never find an activewear print design I was comfortable wearing.

I had been selling my textile designs online via print on demand sites since 2013. These sites don’t give the artists many choices about the shape or quality of the products. I wanted to have more of a say about the manufacturing process and sustainability of the manufacturing and shipping while keeping the prices affordable.

I wanted my designs printed on products that were made ethically and as sustainably as possible. I spent a lot of time searching for the right manufacturer and ironing out the manufacturing and shipping process before I opened my Etsy store in March 2017.  Having now set Etsy up I have created this website to run alongside it.

What’s Next for Matcha & Ink

In the future, I hope to expand the yoga wear range to include yoga mats and other yoga accessories. I have also added throw pillows to my store because they are pretty & I can’t help myself, I am a designer who loves prints & nice things!

For those of you who don’t know Matcha is powdered green tea leaves. It is healthier than standard green tea because you consume the whole leaf, not just the water-soluble part of the leaf. I gave up drinking coffee in 2016 (again) and have successfully replaced my coffee addiction with a matcha latte addiction. If you are interested in reading more about matcha and how to make it see this article.

I am always happy to hear from you via the contact form or email hello@matcha-and-ink.com.

I hope you enjoy my activewear designs as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Lou xx

I also have a blog about art called The Art Folk. The blog showcases a curated collection of affordable art from the world’s best emerging artists and designers.