About Julie

 

Julie Bedtonic

A Nature Filled Childhood
I grew up surrounded by snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers and big beautiful lakes in a small town called Lake Wanaka. Everything was pure nature and I spent every living moment possible outdoors.

Cows and Coffee
My daughter Mollie spent the first year of her life on a cattle farm north west of Perth where my husband had farmed all his life. The landscape was so different to what I had been used to at home in New Zealand.

When Mollie was still young, I saw an opportunity to start a drive-through coffee business in Broome. We were building our own house at the time and noticed there was nowhere for all the tradies who were starting work at seven to get a good coffee first thing in the morning!

My husband said I would 'blow my dough' but that didn’t stop me. I started with a tiny trailer that I trucked over from Brisbane and made twenty coffees on my first day. Four years later I was making four hundred or more coffees each morning.

My husband swapped cows for coffee and we worked like mad together in the business for four years. We had incredible community support and went on to win a small business achiever award for the Kimberley region. I learnt a lot about grit and determination during this time. We sold up in 2013 and moved to Perth to be nearer our families.

The Perfect Natural Fibre
Growing up, my mother was a seamstress, so I was surrounded by textiles and learnt to sew at an early age. I remember a constant stream of ladies coming in and out for fittings and alterations, with patterns and pins and Mum's Singer sewing machine taking pride of place on our dining table.

I always loved natural textures and fibres. Oh and I love my bed! It's the place I go to escape the flurry of life. It is my sanctuary when I need to unplug. So, with this in mind, I started exploring bedding.

I looked at many different fabrics but ultimately linen won me over. Linen is a sustainable crop. It uses fewer fertilisers and four times less water than cotton during cultivation. Also, I was shocked at the highly toxic chemicals that are used in cotton production to strip the leaves from the cotton bushes.

The more I've learnt about nature's wonder fibre and its history the more I've fallen in love with it. When I travelled to meet our makers, I was fascinated to see the spinning and weaving process. I’ve gained such an appreciation for the work that goes into producing even one square metre of fabric.

Linen's texture is so buttery soft but it still has a weight that drapes around you. Its whisper quiet, breathes well and keeps you cool in the summer months yet warm in winter. It has such understated elegance and a beautiful crumpled lived-in look, which I love. It really is an amazing fibre!

Always Designing and Creating
We now live in Perth with our Schnauzer x Poodle, Buddy, and a fat cat called Harry. They are best mates.

Getting back to Wanaka, if you are ever lucky enough to visit, you might notice a huge concrete dinosaur in the playground at the base of the hill at the lakefront. This was designed by an 11 year old me! So not much has changed, I'm still designing and creating!

 

 

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