Mark Cawood established Publisher Textiles & Papers in 2002. Focused on producing original patterns and printing using traditional methods, Mark’s designs have been translated into wallpapers, home furnishings, textiles and fashion.
Publisher is all about doing it the hard way, by hand. Using traditional hand screen-printing techniques and small-scale production, we create bold and colourful textiles, wallpapers and clothing. Everything is designed, printed and cut in our Sydney studio, with nearly all clothing sewn in house to. We are passionate about Australian made products, working hard to keep everything local and support other small businesses, including offering a commission printing service for select established labels. We love sharing our stories, production processes and know-how; we want to see traditional screen-printing alive and thriving in Sydney.
Publisher also works closely with several Indigenous communities throughout Australia, printing their artwork onto fabric. In 2017 we launched a range of clothing featuring their designs. To find our more about the communities we work with please click here.
Mark & Steph (The Owners)
Mark first discovered the intricate art of hand silkscreen printing when he was 18 years old. Now, Mark has been printing for over 25 years and has worked with prominent Australian textile icons such as Billabong and The Florence Broadhurst Collection. Mark draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary designs such as William Morris, Esher, Australiana and Architecture.
Stephanie, Mark’s partner, worked in high turnover fashion retail for many years before working for Publisher. Seeing that the culture of disposable fast fashion has disconnected people from the work and skill involved in producing clothing, she wants Publisher to be part of the movement fighting disposable fashion. Stephanie has taken Mark’s collection of prints and used them to create a line of comfortable, classic clothing focusing on quality craftsmanship, natural fibers and timeless cuts. The pair collaborate to select colour ways, patterns and base materials to create unique quality products for everyday use.
The Printing Team
The Publisher studio brings together a team of skilled individuals working by hand to produce quality products. Our printers are Javed, who has been with Publisher for 10 years and Remi, who has been here for 4 years. They work together in tandem using traditional silkscreen printing methods to produce both our fabrics and wallpapers. Javed also mixes all the inks Publisher uses and is a master at colour matching.