Get to know us

An Australian based online fabric store, Material Difference was founded in 2020 by Kasey Rainbow and Kristie Fankhauser. Kasey, our Creative Director, previously held a collection of fabrics at Friday Love Fabrics and upon their decision to close, Kasey saw an opportunity to launch her own online store. Kristie (Kasey’s business advisor) recognised a brilliant idea and jumped on board immediately – and as they say, the rest is history!

About Us

Meet the team

Kristie

A former lawyer, Kristie is a self-confessed shoe addict. A business advisor and strategic marketer, Kristie has been advising businesses on their marketing strategy for over 20 years. Born in country Victoria, Kristie grew up surrounded by talented women who could bake, knit, crochet and sew – often all in one day! A dabbler in all and master at none, Kristie has always had a love and appreciation for ‘hand-made’ and can be found foraging at the many markets around Brisbane.

Kristie has a goal to ensure headpieces and fascinators become everyday wear and not just for race days! She is often seen with flowers in her hair - having 3 kids and working full time the reality is flowers can make even the messiest ponytail look glam! Kristie believes that you need passion in your life to make it worthwhile and working alongside Kasey has produced an abundance of passion for all things fabric - and all things Kasey!

Kristie has a very public passion for the performing arts and is well known for bringing others along for the ride!

Kasey

First things first: Yup - Rainbow is her real surname. And as it suggests, she is a lady of many colours. Kasey Rainbow is a star of the Australian art and design world who is the epitome of her own Live Bright ethos. Based in Brisbane’s Bayside, Kasey brings her passion for colour to creating a unique style that oozes personality and radiates happiness.

Kasey has always been a creative at heart, but after purchasing an iPad back in 2017, she discovered a new love of digital art and design. After months of playing and hours of YouTube tutorials, Kasey dove headfirst into the wonderful world of fabric and textile design. She may be a relatively new name in this space and completely self-taught, but she is quickly becoming a well-known artist in the design world.

Having worked with some of the country’s most exciting clothing, accessories and small business brands, Kasey is setting her goals higher and higher every day.

Artist collaborations

We treasure the artistic community and their talents. This is truly a supportive and nurturing community and we want to play our part. This is why we will be collaborating with other artists and featuring their designs as fabric in the near future.

Curated by Kasey Rainbow, the artists collections will be available exclusively at Material Difference for 6 months. We will include profiles of the artists and links to their portfolios.

If you would like to be kept up to date about our feature artists or you are an artist that would like to work with us please get in touch via the form.

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If you would like to be kept up to date about our feature artists or you are an artist that would like to work with us please get in touch via this form.

Charity fabrics

Giving back is in our DNA. We want a nicer kinder world and to achieve that we believe we must be the example. Each quarter we will design a special fabric for a charity with all profits from the sale of that fabric going directly to the charity.

If you know of a charity that you think would benefit from having their own Kasey Rainbow designed fundraising fabric please let us know. We can’t guarantee to support all your suggestions but we will certainly try.