You’d be hard pressed to find a member of the family, a friend or work colleague who doesn’t love football. If you’ve got that passionate person in the Kris Kringle this year, then do we have the perfect gift suggestion for you! House of Home recently sat down with Tim Rath, Founder and Owner of Fabric of Football, a small business taking a big new approach to sporting collectables, memorabilia and art. Fabric of Football, in essence, is a new concept that combines fine art and contemporary design aesthetics with Australian Football heritage.
“The products are artworks rather than memorabilia per se and as such are unique. Each piece aims to evoke memories of the game itself more so than a specific team or player. Fabric of Football’s first selection of work was inspired by Tim’s collection of old woollen jumpers he had acquired over several years. The artwork influenced by the collection, in Tim’s eyes, fundamentally pays homage to the connectedness Australian Football has with the community.
“I played the game from a young age and then gave it up when I moved to Melbourne in my 20’s. Growing up in country Victoria, and our family moving from town to town, I discovered that football was the common denominator in small rural communities. It bought people together and as a result, I came to view it as culturally significant. This aspect of the game in my eyes is incredibly important and I’ve tried to reflect this in Fabric of Football.” Tim explains.
Since its conception in 1858 Australian football has been bringing together people from all walks of life, men, women and children, and this coming winter right throughout Australia thousands of teams and their supporters will again congregate to play, follow and enjoy another season.
“Many of the colours and designs worn by these teams have historically been replicated across the length and breadth of the country and as a result they are universally recognised; hence Fabric of Football’s positioning line ‘Australia’s true colours’,” Tim says.
“I design each piece myself, working at it until I find something that appeals to me. My first collection featured photographs of vibrant jumper designs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s printed onto stone, card and canvas. On each piece you can see and almost feel the interwoven patterns of the jumpers” Tim explains.
With a reputation built on the very backbone of Australian culture, Fabric of Football touches people in a truly personal way. “When you purchase a Fabric of Football piece, you’re buying something that connects personally – something that evokes a memory of your own involvement in and with the game,” reflects Tim.
Tim further explains that clients are drawn to his pieces because of their universal appeal and representation to the broader game, “Our pieces are designed to display in the home alongside existing artwork. They are perfectly suited to living rooms, bedrooms and home offices. They are pleasing to view and draw different reactions and conversations from people as you would from any piece of art.” Tim explains.
These days it’s easy to search online for a sporting inspired gift. However, if you want something unique that can truly connect the receiver to something more than just a player’s signature, then Fabric of Football is a wonderful gift. Whether it’s for your mother, father or your child’s nursery or even for a friend or colleague, Fabric of Football is ideal for anyone who appreciates everything that the game has given them.