Edith studied Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) (screenprinting major) at RMIT, Melbourne with a brief sojourn to the
Estonian Academy of the Arts. A job at a commercial print design studio took her to Sydney for 3 years before she
moved to the Blue Mountains to work full time on her label with collections ‘’Fossick’’ and ''Field Trip''. Edith is now based in Brisbane, QLD.
Edith Rewa Barrett is an Australian based Illustrator and Textile Designer. Edith splits her time between client commissions (In publishing, stationary, fashion and design), exhibition work and her own label, Edith Rewa.
Her Label exists to share and encourage a reverence in Australia’s natural landscapes and native plants. Edith Rewa features a collection of wearable silk museums which showcase her illustrated specimens onto textiles - to parade every day the exquisite Australian flora and fauna.
Edith cherishes illustrating by hand and taking the time to capture the spirit of her subject. She combines both traditional illustrative practices by hand and the use of digital mediums, playing with scanned work to create compositions and textile repeats on her computer. Her drawings, paintings and patterns are a culmination of time spent in different landscapes sketching, observing and mark making. Illustrations from the field are translated through her imagination in the studio, into a plethora of patterns and compositions which highlight the plants personalities and best features.
In a world where habitats and species are disappearing rapidly, Edith uses clothing and textiles to connect audiences with landscape and encourage an admiration of nature. She transfers her drawings of plants and place that may not always be geographically or seasonally accessible in our daily lives, onto cloth and people - allowing for a place to keep memories and plants alive in a different dimension.
To compliment the values of her work, all products are proudly illustrated, designed, digitally printed and hemmed locally in Sydney, Australia.