Originally from Montreal, I spent 25 years living, working and raising a family in Germany before repatriating back to Canada in 2000. We settled in Vancouver and not long after I met Sue Noble. She was running a small scale tea towel business working with local schools and I was looking for a new creative business venture. We decided to team up and founded NobleWalters, today Creative Tea Towels, in 2004.
Self-portrait tea towels are a common method of fundraising in England, where Sue is from, and I had been introduced to the idea in Germany while my children were attending international school. I have years worth of treasured tea towels in my kitchen, each decorated with images of my daughters and their classmates. These unique dish towels are some of my favourite kitchen accessories. I was therefore surprised to discover that this fundraising concept was not popular in Canada or the United States – so Sue and I decided to introduce it.
While our original vision was to offer a meaningful method of fundraising for local schools, the business has since grown into a diverse creative enterprise. Today clients include local Canadian artists, small businesses, national museums and galleries, botanical gardens, corporate functions, individual events and of course schools. No matter who we work with, quality is central to our business philosophy. All Creative Tea Towel products are cut, sewn and printed locally on our 100% fine cotton fabric, which has been woven to our exact specifications.
Sue left the business in 2013 to pursue other goals and I decided to rebrand and expand what we started together. Creative Tea Towels now prints and designs everything from our original elegant tea towels to tote bags and aprons. The business has become my creative outlet and I am inspired everyday by the artists, designers and clients I work with.
Always excited about new ideas, I look forward to turning your creative vision into a beautiful printed reality!