The Days of Our Lives: Tamara Watts, Retro Print Revival

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This week, I’d love to introduce you to Tamara Watts. Since 2009, Tamara has been creating unique, exclusive and one-of-a-kind lamps and lampshades under her label, Retro Print Revival.

Inspired by an appreciation of mid-century design, Tamara has built Retro Print Revival on the idea of upcycling old and forgotten wares to create a product that is sustainabale and a truly individual, statement piece.

With a background in visual merchandising, styling and interior decoration, Tamara carefully considers the design elements of both the fabric and bases before pairing the pieces to create the perfect lamp. Every lamp is also crafted from 100% Australian made and sourced materials, including contemporary inspired fabrics, local handcrafted bases, original vintage fabrics and authentic retro lamp bases.

This is a day in Tamara’s life…

The Daily Routine of Tamara Watts, Creator of Retro Print Revival

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7:30 – 8:00 am

I like the snooze button, so if I’m not frantic I’ll have a lie in, read the paper online and stare out my window at the tree tops, or admire the morning light on my balcony. But more often than not, there’s much to do and I am quick to get the day started.


10.00 am 

I live and work in Brunswick, so I can get to work in about five minutes. I arrive at the studio and go straight for the kettle to make myself a cup of tea and breakfast. This is my time to go over what needs to be done for the day and write an epic to-do-list in my diary.


10:30 am – 1:30 pm

The mornings are spent answering emails, making phone calls, driving around town collecting from my makers, visiting stockists or dispatching orders. I prefer to get the not-so-fun tasks out of the way in the morning.


1:30 – 2.00 pm

Lunch time! Being so close to Sydney Road I am spoilt for choice with an abundance of exceptionally good cafes, all within a five minute walk. Dangerous!


2:00 – 5:30 ish 

The afternoons are my creative time. I spend this time product developing, researching new fabric/lamp designs, matching fabrics to lamps, cutting fabrics, oiling/waxing/nailing rocket lamps etc.


6:00 – 11:00 pm

Mostly I spend my evenings out and about. Seeing bands, catching up with friends, out for dinner, or going for a walk along Merri Creek. But if I am at home, I’ll make a simple dinner, listen to vinyls, play my grand piano and star gaze (if there is any) and try not to do anymore work!


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