About

Welcome! I started Matcha & Ink as a way to merge my two passions, health & surface design. I am a qualified naturopath & nutritionist and worked in clinical practice for many years before deciding to pursue my creative dreams in 2013. I studied graphic design & illustration with the goal of becoming a textile designer.

I create unique illustrations, often incorporating environmental or feminist quotes and slogans, which are printed onto ethically made t-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel. 

I live in Melbourne, Australia, and work from home while parenting my human and furry children.

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.

My goal was to have my designs made into products that were made as ethically and 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.

Ethics & Sustainability

Before starting Matcha & Ink in 2017, I spent a lot of time researching how I could make high quality products as ethically & sustainably as possible.

My printers are small businesses, based in Melbourne and Brisbane. They pay their employees fairly and create comfortable and safe working conditions. When selecting the products to print my designs onto I always choose the most ethical and sustainable option. 

I know that my business activity, from the energy used in manufacturing to the printing and packaging of the garments, leaves a footprint on the Earth. I continuously search for fabrics and manufacturing methods that meet my ethical and sustainable standards.

I strive to have as small a carbon footprint as possible, which is why I print and ship from the same location.

I am currently researching more apparel options to add to my collection, this takes time as I have sustainable and ethical criteria to meet but also want my garments to be affordable.

I am committed to increasing the use of sustainable, organic and recycled fabrics over the next 24 months, as well as including larger sizes up to 3XL.

In my home office, I recycle, compost & have solar energy. I don't think any business or individual can ever be 100% eco-friendly, but at Matcha & Ink, I do the best I possibly can. Read more about my sustainable business practices.

I plant a tree for each product sold through my partnership with One Tree Planted who is a non-profit organisation that plant & maintain seedlings in communities all over the world. Working with this registered charity ensures that the saplings are not just planted, but that they are also maintained and looked after into maturity. During 2020 these trees will be planted in area of Australia which have been affected by the recent bushfires. 

Where to Buy Matcha & Ink T-Shirts

Matcha & Ink products are only available online.

I chose to sell my tees and sweatshirts online as selling directly to the customer allows me to keep my prices as affordable as possible.

 

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

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

Lou xx