Created: Tuesday, 26 November 2013

19th November, 2013


When it comes to vibrancy and authenticity, the folk at Studio Antic in Campbells Creek have it nailed with their huge range of screen printed products individually hand made in their back yard workshop.

Dale and Heidi Stephens have spent the last 6 years building up their back yard business and now sell locally and internationally online and at markets all over Central Victoria. They also run screen printing workshops for the keen amateur.



"We have both been screen printing for about 13 years and decided to go out on our own so that we could produce our own designs in small runs and realise designs at minimal expense.

"We met at university and had similar design styles so decided to join forces and quickly realised that running our own business would afford us flexibility if were to have a family.

"Two kids later we are in Campbells Creek where we can run our own business and connect with a community that is creative and caring whilst giving our kids the country life that we enjoyed ourselves as kids," Dale said.

Screen printing involves using stencils under a fine mesh screen with ink or paint being dragged across the framed screen to leave a colour image. Stencils are layered in different colours and outlines one at a time until the image is complete. Studio Antic's style ranges from modern geometric to naïve and whimsical children's designs.

"The thing I love about screen printing is that there are endless variations in the methods used.

"We are self-taught and have learnt many techniques over the years but there is still so much to learn.

"For us, it's a lot more fun than using a computer and much messier which is strangely satisfying - there really is something to be said for getting your hands dirty.

"We aim for simplicity both in our products - such as tea towels, plywood display blocks, Tshirts, cushions and clocks - and in our design.

"We actually really enjoy working with the limitations of the screen printing process. Because the process is largely unchanged since it became widely used in the sixties, it forces us to be creative in our application," Dale said.

Studio Antic was one of the stars of the show at the first Maldon Market in November and will appear again on Sunday 8th December in Maldon.

"We love meeting people who really identify with what we do and how we do it.  It's a pleasure to connect with those who appreciate and validate what we're doing.

"The combination of makers and growers at the one market is a great idea and Maldon being a tourist destination draws locals and tourists alike," he said.

The Maldon Market is held on the second Sunday of every month in Fountain Street, Maldon, from 9 am until 2 pm. For more information go to or phone Alex Fisher, Market Coordinator on 0417 540 176. See also