What has been the most exciting point in your career to date and why?
One of the things that really knocked my socks off was seeing my clothing designs worn by models at Fashion Exposed in Melbourne in 2009. I was invited to be an exhibiting emerging designer with a group of amazingly talented designers from all over Australia. I felt very honoured to be showing next to them, I don’t feel like a ‘proper’ fashion designer, I have only a little patternmaking experience yet I love making garments that are more like ‘pieces’, wearable artworks, so they are less commercial, yet hopefully more intriguing? So these two gorgeous and tall young women swished out wearing my designs and I was able to see them in context and see also that I can achieve things I might think are impossible!
I fell pregnant right after that event and life is taking a nice meandering path now. I’ll go back to making clothing once my son, Felix, is a bit older and I have more Atelier time.
Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us?
I do have an embryonic project, which is a long term one (one of two!), which involves creating a travelling show…I’m still working it out so I won’t spill the beans just yet!
I do have a collection of cushions and bags to make for a very gorgeous boutique in Melbourne called Tiger & Peacock, lots of luscious black silk, diamante and glass beading, and I’m determined to refine my hand embroidery so its less ‘rustic’ for this collection!
I have some artwork to make for a group exhibition in Devonport (Northern Tasmania) which coincides with the Ten Days on The Island arts festival and for this we’ve been asked to look at any female convicts in our family trees and interpret their story in a positive way, to help change the perception of Colonial convict women as belligerent and wicked (I’m sure I would be too if I were deprived of an education and was treated like a third class citizen!)
\I’m working right now on a Public Art Commission through Arts@Work in Tasmania, for Bicheno Child Care Centre on the East Coast of Tas. I’m making them Tasmania-themed alphabet blocks of applique leather, featuring Tasmanian animals, plants, insects, etc. Kookaburra sample panel photo is below.
I’ve also never applied to participate in the Tamworth Textile Triennial, which I’m planning to do finally this year. Since my son was born 2 years ago, I’ve been slowly changing from working in a frenzied, workaholic manner to a much more focused and considered practice- which is more low-key & manageable with a toddler who wants to ‘help mummy’! I still make work to commission for private customers, which I love doing.
If you could have your work displayed anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be displayed?
I feel very fortunate to have had my work in a show at Anthropologie in New York, courtesy of Globetrotting Stylist extraordinaire Sibella Court who curated the show. Into the Lighthouse! That’s one location I’d been hoping to show at for a few years!
Anthropologie “into the Light House ” source rustic gentleman
Oh and my pie-in-the-sky dreams are to have my work in MONA in Hobart, the V&A in London, Centre des Arts Decoratifs & Musee Carnavalet & Astier de Villatte in Paris, The silk museum in Lyon, Istanbul Modern in Turkey, to show at Maison et Objet & Milan
MONA Hobart – photo by Matt Newton