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Residing in the quaint township of Mount Victoria…

Kara Cooper (she used to be a Smith) finds inspiration in illustrations, photographs, found objects, favourite things, a hint of Australiana and the nostalgia of the Blue Mountains to create fun and quirky deco-style greeting cards, tea towels and earrings for her Mount Vic and Me range.

Having worked on countless graphic-design projects for clients for over 20 years, Kara decided it was time to do her own thing and started designing her own range in 2013. The range has been picked up by numerous stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Kara’s designs are all created up high in the small village of Mount Victoria, in the Blue Mountains and with all items printed in Australia. There is no machinery in site – everything is hand-collated and sent to customers and stockists by Kara herself.

Kara works from her little cottage, set high amid banksias and rhododendron blooms – she lives here with her tradie husband Geoff (a local tiler) and two little girls. A fat old cattle dog lies by the back step along with a bouncing pug, chooks roam among the veggies and a vintage 1980s caravan sits out the front of the house. It’s the perfect setting for conjuring up beautiful imagery!

Where are the handbags?

After many years of playing with beautiful fabrics, Kara no longer does vintage handmade handbags & kids dresses. In 2013, married with two beautiful kids she decided to leave this behind and return to her graphic design career.

 Image at right: Mount Vic and Me is featured in ABC’s Organic Gardener Magazine Dec 2013 and April 2015.