Free to Fall produces a range of homewares and accessories made from hand screen-printed textiles. Based in the Yarra Valley, Free to Fall was founded by Vanessa Imberger in 2018 and is a culmination of her creative life’s work.
With a background in graphic design, Vanessa began screen-printing to explore a more tactile approach to making. The methodical nature of printing and the joy of creating beautiful objects by hand remained an important part of her personal art making, as she took an alternate career path as an art teacher in secondary schools.
Many years later Vanessa’s creative drive to further her screen-printing practice was ever present. Upon moving to Healesville, the opportunity arose to create a studio in an old shed on her property and the creation of Free to Fall began. Vanessa applies her love of colour, texture and pattern to her design process. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, she draws on patterns and repetition found in everyday objects to create bold and dynamic designs. Drawing her artworks by hand and transferring them to silk screens, Vanessa hand-prints fabric lengths in her studio, which are then sewn by a Melbourne based seamstress.
Forever the teacher, Vanessa has an educational stream to her business, offering screen-printing workshops in her studio and incursions in schools and organisations. These programs allow her to combine her skill and passion for screen-printing and education, enriching others in their creative endeavours.
As a designer of products, Vanessa understands the importance of reducing her environmental impact. Therefore all the inks that are used are water based, eco-friendly and custom mixed, before being printed onto sustainable fabrics, such as linen, cotton and hemp.