Nestled within the native New Zealand bush in rural Taupo, New Zealand, is where you find “The Barn”. An idyllic, creative studio relishing in the beauty, culture, history and family which surrounds it in this magical part of the world. A place of creative inspiration and glow worms, “The Barn” and its grounds is studio and home to Creative Director and Designer, Andrea Bentley.

Andrea graduated from the Dunedin school of Fashion in 1995, and after 5 years designing her own fashion label in Dunedin, left New Zealand spending the next 16 years travelling the world and working as a technical designer and fashion illustrator. She has lived and worked in London, Vancouver and Perth for a multitude of international fashion brands and companies giving her invaluable experience and knowledge in all aspects of the fashion industry and offshore production.

This diverse and unique perspective of the fashion industry has enabled Andrea to identify where her talents and passions lie, and has equipped her with the tools necessary to branch out successfully and focus on her true passion. Andrea now solely focuses on her love and skill for art and design, in producing original digital print collections for the independent and commercial fashion and interior design industries.

Andrea has returned to New Zealand following her extensive and successful international career to settle down in their idyllic home and studio with her partner Simon, son Arlo and Munta the cat. It is here that Disciples of Print was established, born from a lifelong love of design, fashion and textile print.