“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.

From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one.

Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine.

And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price.

But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles.

For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain . . . . Or so says the legend.”


In the picturesque Australian outback during the early 1900s, a young woman falls deeply for a man whom she is not destined.

A free-thinker for her time, the heroine is in search of independence and liberation but is overwhelmed by desire for her forbidden love.

Inspired by both narrative and landscape, Aje brings to life the legend of Colleen McCullogh’s best selling novel, ‘The Thorn Birds’.

Exploring notions of freedom and restraint with the use of artisanal techniques, the collection toys with exaggerated proportions, extreme detailing and contrasting fabrications.

The hero prints, hand-painted by co-designer Adrian Norris, incorporate elements of rose and thorn bird flowers in abstract, organic formations.

May the tactile tale of ‘Drogheda’ inspire love without restraint.

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