WHERE’S Stripey? Just about anywhere you care to name since his Fremantle creator Wendy Binks signed a deal with chinaware giant Maxwell Williams.
Based in Melbourne the company supplies major chain stores across Australia and around the world.
A variety of Stripey’s adorable face appear on six mugs, which come packaged in a money-tin also displaying Ms Binks’ work.
The artist’s zany Australiana paintings are instantly recognised by kids thanks to her award winning books.
She started ‘Stunned Emu Designs’ over 35 years ago, but the Stripey character popped into existence when she published her first children’s book in 2005.
Ms Binks can’t quite put her finger on what people love about her work: “It makes them smile, it’s kind of quirky, I don’t know…”
“A lot of people know me as the emu lady.”
A series of Ms Binks artworks were donated to Fiona Stanley Hospital last year to bring some cheer to the bare walls of the kids ward (Stripey to brighten stark kids’ ward, Fremantle Herald November 7, 2015).
When the Bull Creek Lions read about the lack of funds to turn them into wallpaper they stumped up $19,000.
“They said is was the best thing they’d ever donated to and pledged more for the outpatients,” Ms Binks says.
The Maxwell Williams Where’s Stripey mugs are available at Ms Binks Fremantle Markets stall.
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM