The Spotted Quoll | Tasmania
Reading about the Spotted Quoll I realised two things:
The clothing and philosophy of this small, Tasmanian textiles design business is AH-mazing; and
Tamika Bannister, the Spotted Quoll’s creator, is a fierce and charming lady. Her creative pursuits and environmental consciousness brings to mind the classic book by Clarissa Pinkola Estes - Women Who Run With Wolves.
Each item produced by The Spotted Quoll is designed and handcrafted in Tasmania using sustainable fabrics such as; organic cotton, linen, wool, and hemp. They’re natural products that feel beautiful on your skin. They are also very durable. What really makes the items unique are the designs which are digitally printed onto the fabric. Tamika is a sensational photographer and her digitally enhanced (and sometimes manipulated) images are digitally printed onto the fabric. These create the most distinctive patterns and designs.
Recently Tamika has been collaborating with other Tasmanian photographers to expand the range of designs she can offer. One of my personal favourites is the jellyfish image adorning her cushions, dresses, pants and tops. It was taken by an underwater photographer in Tasmanian waters, and geez does it make a statement!
My first ever item of Spotted Quoll was a scarf my mum gifted to me. It’s so soft and durable, but it’s the design that really makes it special. On one side the organic cotton is digitally printed with images of tree branches. On the other is a digitally enhanced, photographic image of Launceston’s iconic City Park. People always comment on how lovely it is. I absolutely adore it.
Twelve months ago Tamika decided to make the move to open a Spotted Quoll concept store. Previously her designs had only been sold online and through other businesses and stores that stocked her products. Situated at the back of Launceston’s Design Tasmania Centre, it‘s a beautiful, cosy, sun filled, feathered nest. It’s full of natural elements that inspire her like; feathers, twigs, eggshells, and mosses. These complement her collection of earth positive clothing, home wares and accessories. It took a lot of work to get there but Tamika credits the move as one of her greatest triumphs.
Tamika’s professional background is in sales and marketing. Her Spotted Quoll journey began one stormy winter’s night on Tasmania’s rugged east coast. While a bright moon looked on, Tamika finally gave in to an overwhelming urge to create. She spent that stormy night plotting and planning what would become the Spotted Quoll. If you have read The Women Who Run With Wolves you’ll understand why I’m drawing similarities between that and Tamika’s online bio. In the Women Who Run With Wolves the Author, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a Jungian psychoanalyst and collector of traditional stories, claims that women were born to create and that this feeds the wild woman inside. It’s incredibly inspiring to see someone take such a leap of faith and work so hard to create a brand and business that they love and are proud of.
For Tamika, the need to create is not just about her own satisfaction though. She genuinely wants her business to play a part in making the world a better place. Her philanthropic interests lie in conservation, particular for Tasmania’s threatened and endangered species. A portion of proceeds from every Spotted Quoll purchase goes to programs to help maintain species like the Tasmanian Devil, which is currently threatened by the Devil Facial Tumor, and whose population is rapidly disappearing.
Have I gushed about the Spotted Quoll enough? Beautiful clothes and accessories made with the environment in mind. In a world of cheap clothes, often poor quality, it's such a relief that people like Tamika work so hard to make something so great.