As a child Marni Stuart dreamed of growing up to be a rainbow farmer. She has since built a multifaceted practice working as a textile designer, researcher, and design lecturer.
Her research is reflection on the history of Australian textile design, and she is a creative and enthusiastic design lecturer with strong industrial knowledge. Her freelance design work creates printed textile designs for Australian fashion, lingerie, swimwear, and stationery brands.
Stuart’s personal design practice is inspired by regionalism and sense of place. Her designs feature the native flora surrounding her sunshine coast-based home.
Each piece starts by hand, using drawing, painting and other mark making techniques to create varied motifs.
Within her patterns the shapes are simplified and abstracted, foregrounds and backgrounds are flattened to create single depth of perception. Focal points are often removed, replaced with a repetitive rhythm of bold elements to provide a piece that compliments, but doesn’t direct the form of the garment it sits upon. Colour is harnessed with reckless abandon, with bright contrasting hues thrashing it out in each work.
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