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Julie is best known for her small business ClothFabric, which makes upholstery and furnishing fabrics, all designed by Julie in the Blue Mountains, and hand printed in rural NSW. You can buy fabrics and products online on the ClothFabric website, or you can nip in for a more hands-on experience at Ascraft in Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney or Prahan East in Melbourne.

Julie has another website called Paterson dedicated to her art practice and other projects. It’s a nice place to spend some time. Here you can see her drawings, paintings, photos and words and buy ClothBound, the book Julie has written about her art and design practice. Her Australian Design Centre sponsored exhibition, Seeds to Bloom: 20 years of ClothFabric, has toured in Sydney and around regional NSW, from Tamworth to the Central Coast and Armidale to the Hawkesbury.

On Instagram you can follow Julie’s popular year long daily art projects. Follow @clothjulie and the hashtags #patersononeaday and #patersonadrawingaday.

You’ll find Manda’s personal website here, and right now that’s the best way to find out about her business. Through Brandcamp Manda works with brave small business people to develop engaging content that tells their brand stories. She’s always looking to help her whole-hearted clients to recognise and live up to their values through the way they shape their brands and connect with their customers.

When she’s in the zone, cosying up in a state of flow, Manda likes to write flash fictions – wee vignetty stories, small concentrated little pieces that are quick to consume, intense and strong, like a shot of espresso. That project is called Small Stories.

Manda’s project DIY Festival aims to get us ordinary punters to make our own fun, creating festivals where everyone who comes along is contributing a performance of sorts. It’s that vulnerability that makes it possible to build community.

Imaginary Albums is another project of Manda’s, inspired by her love of sleeve notes on her old vinyl collection. This one brings together writers and artists to invent the albums that don’t exist but should. The show that results will be held at Katoomba’s Platform Gallery in March 2018.

The Bookstack Project is what happens when people make a stack of their most treasured books – the things they have read that have most shaped their values, their characters, their lives – and come together with other bookstackers to connect. Manda wants to do it more often with anyone who’s interested.

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