The Vallentine Project is an Australian-made lifestyle brand under the creative direction of Bianca Vallentine
About The Vallentine Project
The Vallentine Project homewares started in 2012 after designer Bianca Vallentine returned from the states. Tired and weary from being on the road, Bianca started hand embroidering and painting large swathes of fabric as a way to reconnect with the textile work that she loved and to simply
S L O W down.
Inspired by the world around her, Vallentine creates a sense of quiet calm in her abstract and textural work. Big brush strokes and soft embroidered finishes are the hallmarks of everything ‘The Vallentine Project’. Seven years after embarking on the creation of her bed linen line The Vallentine Project works with local Melbourne makers to complete the manufacturing of her expanded range of homewares products. Working with these local makers, she has finessed her production and painting techniques to create truly individual, pieces that people just love to collect.
Considerate of sustainable design practices, The Vallentine Project does not overstock their products – preferring to ‘sell out’ of styles and remake to order, reworking offcuts and creating packaging that can be reused.
About Bianca Vallentine
Bianca Vallentine finds inspiration in the individual.
She appreciates craftsmanship and considers all of the objects she creates to have a certain sense of ‘one-off’. Focusing on hand-painting, she applies the skills learnt from fashion tailoring to every piece of her homewares collection. Ranging from tableware, bags, bedding, cushions and clothing, everything Bianca creates is practical yet beautiful and firmly grounded in ethical local production and sustainability.
Graduating as a Fashion and Textile designer from West Australia’s Curtin University of Technology in 2003, The Vallentine Project originally began as a fashion label and stocked nationally across Australia until late 2006. In 2007 Bianca relocated from Perth to Melbourne and started exploring event curation - showcasing WA fashion designers as part of her curated fashion program From Here to There (FHTT); exploring film; and creating installations from vibrant masses of streamers for store windows, weddings and Bat Mitzvahs. It was not until 2013 that her love of large scale was brought together in the form of homewares - most recognisably, hand painted linen duvet covers and pillowcases, exhibition pieces for her artwork.
The Vallentine Project is the umbrella under which this creative collage comes together. Here, Bianca’s own work sits alongside regular collaborations with others. The Vallentine Project is committed to a constant, playful evolution, however the ideas that anchor it remain the same: to create beauty in the everyday; value in the unique and to produce pieces and experiences that are as special as they are functional. It’s also about not letting dust gather on the things that bring us the most joy – usability, wearability and the history of the hand made naturally imbue themselves in everything Bianca does.