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About Creative Canvas Shade Solutions

Creative Canvas is a family owned and operated business that has been designing and manufacturing award winning outdoor blinds and awnings for the domestic, commercial and marine market for over 30 years.

Based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and servicing the greater Sydney region, we are one of Sydney’s premier domestic and commercial award-winning shade solution company, designing, manufacturing and installing custom made Commercial and Residential Shade Sails, Outdoor Umbrellas, Retractable Awnings, Shade Structures, External Blinds, Carports, Louvres and Privacy Screens.

Experience the Creative Canvas Difference

Australian Made & Owned

We are a family-owned and operated business, who design and manufacture quality shade solutions in our Sydney factory. Our blinds and awnings are custom made from high-quality materials, with local manufacturing and quality supplier partnerships ensuring fast turnaround times.

Expert Technical Advice

Our in-depth product knowledge and years of experience ensures we will create the perfect solution for your budget, your decor, and your home or business, every time.

After Sales Service & Warranty

All our products carry a 3-year warranty on workmanship and are fully backed by our industry-leading after-sales service. Our local team is here to help and advise you at every step of the way and we also offer recovering and repair services too.

Custom Design, Construction & Installation

We design and construct custom shade solutions for your situation, starting with your free, no-obligation, on-site consultation. We then custom make high-quality shade solutions for any size or shape area you need shaded, expertly installed by our team of qualified tradesmen.

Cutting Edge Technology

We offer the latest in home automation and motorisation, including motorised blinds and awnings operated by either your smartphone or remote control, retractable roofs, and sun, wind and rain sensors.

Our revolving and tilting cantilever umbrellas allow you to change the angle of shade according to the movement of the sun, protecting your clientele and premises from the heat and the glare of early morning or late afternoon sun.

Side post umbrellas can also be linked or cantilevered off a single pole to provide maximum shade protection, and can be used as a marketing tool or to help your cafe stand out from the crowd with your logo or brand screen printed onto the umbrellas.

Experience the Creative Canvas Difference

Australian Made & Owned

We are a family-owned and operated business, who design and manufacture quality shade solutions in our Sydney factory. Our blinds and awnings are custom made from high-quality materials, with local manufacturing and quality supplier partnerships ensuring fast turnaround times.

Expert Technical Advice

Our in-depth product knowledge and years of experience ensures we will create the perfect solution for your budget, your decor, and your home or business, every time.

After Sales Service & Warranty

All our products carry a 3-year warranty on workmanship and are fully backed by our industry-leading after-sales service. Our local team is here to help and advise you at every step of the way and we also offer recovering and repair services too.

Custom Design, Construction & Installation

We design and construct custom shade solutions for your situation, starting with your free, no-obligation, on-site consultation. We then custom make high-quality shade solutions for any size or shape area you need shaded, expertly installed by our team of qualified tradesmen.

Cutting Edge Technology

We offer the latest in home automation and motorisation, including motorised blinds and awnings operated by either your smartphone or remote control, retractable roofs, and sun, wind and rain sensors.

Our revolving and tilting cantilever umbrellas allow you to change the angle of shade according to the movement of the sun, protecting your clientele and premises from the heat and the glare of early morning or late afternoon sun.

Side post umbrellas can also be linked or cantilevered off a single pole to provide maximum shade protection, and can be used as a marketing tool or to help your cafe stand out from the crowd with your logo or brand screen printed onto the umbrellas.

Meet the Creative Canvas Team

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Jeff Saunders

General Manager

B Build (UNSW)
Contractor Licence – Shade Sail and Systems


Jeff brings a wealth of practical, client-focussed management experience drawn from his 25 years working in construction project management and 10 years as the COO of a printed electronics company developing class leading products for international markets.

“I particularly enjoy the personal focus at Creative Canvas and the daily face-to-face connection with our clients,” says Jeff.

“When I moved into the role, my immediate impression was the dedication and commitment of the staff and the manner in which they use their knowledge and technical expertise to provide unbiased advice to our customers.”

“The loyalty of our customer base is remarkable and a testament to the Creative Canvas approach. Approximately 70% of our business is generated from direct referrals or repeat customers and with the business name now operating for over 30 years, that is a lot of happy customers.”

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Jude Ho

Site Supervisor / Leading Installer

Certificate III in Carpentry

As the Creative Canvas’s site supervisor and leading installer, Jude oversees most of our manufacturing, does the check measures, the installations, as well as any repairs or servicing that customers require.

“I love working both in the factory and in the field, manufacturing,delivering and installing high quality outdoor shade solutions that solve our customer’s challenges,” says Jude.

Before he joined the Creative Canvas team in 2004, Jude worked in the marine rigging, construction and repair business in Trinidad, and his knowledge of and experience in this area continues to be a great asset to the Creative Canvas design and installation process.

“A lot of our business is from repeat customers. When people are satisfied, they come back to us.”

“I get a huge amount of job satisfaction from seeing so many happy, satisfied customers who are really pleased with the outcome Creative Canvas have created and delivered for them.”

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Steve Magor

Senior Installer

Certificate III in Carpentry,
Qualified Auto panel beater


Steve joined the Creative Canvas team in 2004 after several years assembling awnings for a European awning wholesaler. As our senior installer, Steve draws on his experience and knowledge of componentry and awning automation every day.

“I love the variety of my job,” says Steve, “and I really love working outside.”

“My role as Senior Installer is so varied, there are so many different applications and outcomes for our shade solutions, I get to see a lot of different places and we get to see what people really need and I get to deliver and install the solution that makes them happy.”

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Craig Sweeting

Sales

Craig has also been in our sales team since 2004 and his straightforward cheerful manner during consultations gives our clients the confidence to explore the vast array of products we offer.

Having worked in the building industry for many years previously has given Craig a solid foundation to recommend the most effective shade solutions for each situation.

“The favourite part of my job is showing our customers the options they might have not realised are available. When I come to their commercial or residential premises I take into consideration their aspect and how to maximise the winter sun for warmth and minimise the effects of the summer sun.”

“Our clients might ask for a quote on a particular type of shade product, but they are sometimes not aware that there is a better solution. A large part of my job is listening to what our customers want, understanding what they need and also making them aware of the full range of products that are available.”

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Vicki Kiddle

Office Administration & Marketing

With her background working in project management and as a personal assistant, Vicki ensures we deliver high quality customer service and are always responsive to our customer’s needs.

“I really like delivering good service to people,” says Vicki, “helping them over the phone, promptly getting back to them and following up afterwards.”

“I’m always thinking about the backend of our business, ensuring our processes and workflow are the best they can be so we can deliver the highest quality customer service with the fastest turnaround time on our jobs.”

“It’s such a varied and interesting job, but the most rewarding aspect is definitely dealing with our lovely customers. So many of them are returning customers and it's a great feeling to know that customers are coming back to us because they are happy with the shade solutions we have created for their home and their business.”

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Lianne Saunders

Office Administration & Accounts

Lianne shares the office administration duties with Vicki, looks after the accounts and takes customer enquiries over the phone.

“I really enjoy working for a family owned business using Australian made products, drawing on my experience in administration and customer relations.”

“Some customers have a clear idea of what they are looking for, whereas other customers come to us not knowing what type of shade solution they are after. I really enjoy helping people and discussing the options with them.”

“As well as assisting customers on the phone, I also help customers who pop into our showroom, showing them the folding arm awnings, our range of fabrics, paint colours and our custom colours too. I really enjoy all of the customer interaction, both in person and on the phone.”

Awards and Industry Associations

Since 1997, Creative Canvas has been a member of the Specialised Textiles Association of Australia (STA), the industry representative body that sets the benchmarks for industry excellence for the fabric and textiles sectors in Australia. The STA is represented on the Standards Association of Australia Committee Code of Ethics.

Because we are an STA member, you can be assured that the entire Creative Canvas team:

✔ Abides by a very strict code of ethics, designed to protect the industry and its customers;

✔ Understands the best way to design, structurally build, reinforce and install shade structures without structural damage to your home; and

✔ Has the technical knowledge, understanding and the experience to assist and advise you about the difference between fabric structures

For two years in a row, Creative Canvas has been recognised by the STA and our industry colleagues for our superior workmanship and high standards in design and manufacture, winning the annual competition for excellence and innovation in use of canvas and synthetic fabric products.

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