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The House of Evelyn

Designer, patternmaker, textile designer and seamstress/tailor.

Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group

Launched: 29 September 2014

Suite 3, Level 1, Market Square, Hunter Street

8am – 6pm weekdays (by appointment on Saturday/Sunday)

Contact: Samantha Louise
e: [email protected] or
m: 0418261292

Who are you?
My name is Samantha and I am a 22 year old fashion graduate from the Hunter School of Fashion and Textile Design. I am a designer, patternmaker, textile designer, seamstress/tailor and some days just plain exhausted!

What do you do?
I am currently working on the foundations of my own label The House Of Evelyn as well as working full time with Pigtails and Pirates and other local and Sydney labels. I am always very open to collaborative pieces with other designers/photographers and have been working closely with Circus Avalon to produce aesthetically pleasing costumes that still retain full practicality.

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
I first heard of Renew 3 years ago whilst I was studying and had thought it a brilliant idea to maybe one day be involved with the creative uprising taking place in Newcastle. I hadn’t given it to much more thought for another 2 years until I found myself, fabric, garments and all my machinery working in the quite small confines of my then garage. It was that afternoon I received an email from Renew Newcastle saying that they were taking applications and now here I am working in my beautiful space.

What are you doing in your space?
You will generally find me in my space surrounded by patterns, fabric, sketches and more fabric. Then there are the odd days that everything is perfectly ocd tidy, three cups of coffee in dealing with the not-so-glamorous side of calling and emailing wholesalers from every part of the globe.

Tell us about the space
I had so many mixed emotions walking into my space for the first time. I was in awe at the size and height of the room and then swiftly overwhelmed by the work and hours that would need to be had in fixing various things.

My space had the most ‘loveliest’ of bright salmon walls with oddly placed splashes of navy, after one big day that ventured into the 3am mark I can thankfully say I have very, very, very white walls now. My partner was also there to help me remove the architecturally placed timber hexagon spray tan booth that made itself very known on approaching the space, 20 nailgun nails later and we had removed the first piece of wood. My space now consists of a main work room where I have all of my industrial machines, patternmaking table, garments racks etc. A second work room where I have domestic machines, fabric and a lot of reference books. Then lastly my kitchen… food, chocolate and lots of coffee. I am now well and truly in love with it.