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Henry Bucks & Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Silk bowtie featuring handpainted motifs inspired by algea from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Algea collection.


Claudea Elegans, – original design created with watercolour
Algae design 4: watercolour & pen on paper - repeat pattern
Entwisleia bella – original design water colour on paper.
luxury accessories with Henry Bucks
Me, Loving that scarf, printed in Italy on 100% fine wool.
Bow tie with Entwisleia bella, named after Professor Tim Entwisle the current director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
claudea_elegans_tie_pocket scarf
Claudea Elegans looking fine on the tie and pocket hanky.
Paul Salmon the HB Brand ambassador
Beautiful pocket squares printed in Italy,  looking fine at the Henry Bucks pop up.
Claudia elegans scarf
Claudia elegans print on fine wool, unisex scarf printed in Italy available from the Henry Bucks pop up.
Henry Bucks Silk Ties
Gorgeous silk ties – with Claudea elegans and Entwisleia bella
Tim Entwisle wearing the Entwisleia bella tie
Tim from Henry Bucks with Paul Salmon  both looking dapper at the Henry Bucks pop up.
Networking at the Henry Bucks pop up product launch with Genty Marshall, Roze Elizabeth and Barbara Marshall.

HENRY BUCKS LAUNCH NEW ALGAE COLLECTION The delicate forms of red algae specimens from the State Botanical Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria now adorn Henry Bucks’ latest accessory collection to be launched on Monday 17 August at The Terrace. Entwisleia bella and Claudea elegans have been transformed by textile artist Tamara Schneider into contemporary designs for a range of luxury handmade Italian silk accessories including ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and scarves.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s collaboration with Henry Bucks will assist in raising much needed funds for a new Herbarium building to house the historically significant and irreplaceable State Botanical Collection, now numbering 1.5 million specimens. Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, welcomed the collaboration, saying that it was a fantastic opportunity to partner with another great Melbourne institution. “Henry Bucks and Tamara Schneider are to be congratulated on recognising the beauty in these algal specimens. This is a rare opportunity to showcase some of our intriguing Australian marine flora.” Tim Cecil, Managing Director of Henry Bucks said he felt honoured and excited about the collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. “I couldn’t think of a better partnership between the two Melbourne institutions. Tamara’s adaptations of the stunning algae specimens were a natural fit to be printed onto silk and to be used in these beautiful accessories. We have worked closely with the Gardens and with top artisans in Como and Florence in Italy to create the collection and I think the results are exquisite.” Claudea elegans is just one of thousands of red algae in the State Botanical Collection. When it was first collected by Ronald Gunn in Tasmania over 160 years ago, he described is ‘as one of the most beautiful plants known to science’. In fact European scientists were so besotted with this alga they pressured their governments to seek out seaweeds as well as other exotic creatures when on their expeditions to the antipodes. Over 150 years later, another new and equally beautiful red alga was discovered on the Tasmanian coast. Entwisleia bella was named after the Gardens’ Director and Chief Executive Professor Tim Entwisle, himself an international expert in the classification of algae. This seaweed is extremely rare and unusual, and has been classified in its own family and order, making it the equivalent of finding the first primate or conifer on Earth!

A pop-up Henry Bucks store will operate from the lakeside gift shop at the Melbourne Gardens featuring the Henry Bucks accessory collection, as well as other merchandise featuring algae specimens. 

Excerpt from Media Release issued on 13th August 2015. Media enquiries: Robyn Merrett on 0438 656 144 or 9252 2470

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Textile Design – commission Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Handpainted pattern design inpired by algea from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria collection.
Claudea elegans. Photo from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne algae collection
Algae design 1: watercolour & pen on paper
Algae design 2: watercolour & pen on paper – repeat pattern
Algae design 3: watercolour & pen on paper - repeat pattern
Algae design 3: watercolour & pen on paper – repeat pattern
Algae design 4: watercolour & pen on paper - repeat pattern
Algae design 4: watercolour & pen on paper – repeat pattern
Algae design 5: watercolour & pen on paper - repeat pattern
Algae design 5: watercolour & pen on paper – repeat pattern

I was approached by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 2013 to design a collection of prints for a new menswear range for the Gardens Shop. This was a collaboration between me, RBGM and Henry Bucks Menswear. It was a very creative and interesting process for me and I was lucky to have such a fantastic client who trusted my design aesthetic, design ability and encouraged my creativity.  Three designs were chosen by the client and will be printed onto beautiful Italian silk and then made into fashion accessories for men and women. The product range will include mens ties, mens scarves and women’s scarves.

The new range will be launched in August 2015 and will be available for purchase from The Gardens shop and Henry Bucks stores throughout Australia.

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Textile design commission

Printed on wallpaper,fabric and linen our junglebirds design features Gauldian finches and silver eye sitting amongst the foliage.


Project 1: Private Commission – Brief: to design a jungle/tropical inspired print with Australian flora and fauna.

The client was happy for me to utilise some of the motifs I had already drawn from previous design collections. Using a combination of these drawings and newly illustrated jungle leaves, this design evolved. The finished print will be digitally printed on Belgian linen and used by the client to upholster pieces of bespoke furniture. Jungle Birds will eventually be added to the Funky Wombat Textiles linen collection and be available as a wallpaper and commercial fabric.

jungle birds repeat


jungle birds