The people behind Beautiful Silks

It's a team, we are here to help you - our Link to blog here is the place to direct your textile discussions and questions

Marion Hera-Gorr


Marion started Beautiful Silks as a sole trader and since 2001 has worked to develop our team. Marion's skills include dyeing, dressmaking, printing, stitichng, painting, dye mixing, website development, product development database management, import planning, stock sourcing and development, and elephant training. Marion plans the business future see her interview on youtube

Jon Yaakov Gorr (elephant)

Yaakov Gorr, a retired lawyer, keeps the compliance and technical issues running smoothly at Beautiful Silks and is author of much of our text. He is also inventive and creative in many ways, making shop fittings, doing shopping cart and website work, designing events and keeping the ball rolling. Elephants are playful creatures and are good at cooking us soup when we need it, making sure we get enough to eat and drink.

Saskia Baur Schmid had work hanging in the National Gallery of Victoria at the age of 17 and recently graduated from Whitehouse Institute of Design in Melbourne with a B.A. in Fashion. She has also displayed work in New York as one of only two Australian students selected to attend an international exhibition. Saskia's design and tailoring is flawless and in 2013 is a full time staff member.


Marlene Miller

Marlene is our yarn room manager and loves handling yarns, knitting up new yarns and keeping us organised in that area she also facilitates our Thursday open studio knitting group. Come along any Thursday after 4 when our team work on creative projects, you are most welcome to join in.

Tracey Coppin

Tracey completed her diploma in studio textiles and design focusing on knitwear and weave in 2010 and joined us in 2011. She has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer and has travelled twice to Vietnam to oversee manufacturing production. Tracey has a huge talent in making and doing textile things, a great resource person.

Chrissie Atkinson

Now in her second year with us, Chrissie spent time over 2010-11 with our fair trade project in India developing women's textile work. She sees her work in textiles as a practical way of building international community links.


Past graduates of our intern program include ...


Georgia Havekotte ...

Georgia is the wonderful face of Beautiful Silks video products. Georgia is a talented designer completing her final year of a fashion degree at RMIT. Georgia is also our resident dyer from time to time. This is a quote from Georgia... For my last semester I was accepted into a scholarship paid exchange program to Amsterdam Fashion Institute. While in Amsterdam, I won the opportunity to see my denim designs be produced and sold throughout Europe by a major fashion retailer. Prior to this, I studied Studio Textiles and Design at RMIT in 2006, where I specialised in Design (including Computer Aided Design) Screen Print, Machine Knitting and Weaving. Management comment....Georgia is now working for a label as a degisner.

Hannah French

Hannah completed her "new graduate program" with us in March 2011 and has moved on to Regional Arts Victoria. She was a joy to work with, and Hannah's DVD's and resources created whilst she was employed at Beautiful Silks are an ongoing reminder of her substantial contribution to our business.

Lizzie Bracegirdle

Another alumni of our new graduate program, Lizzie returned to the UK when her visa expired to start her Masters, her goal is to become a museum curator.

Dave Gorr

You may have commented on the golden voice on our video workshops set. It's David, winner of more rural radio awards than he can count.

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