Graphic / Textile / Fashion Designer
What is your professional or training background?I was trained as a graphic designer at Swinburne University. I worked in a number of design studios for the past 5 years. Early last year, after signing up for a few screen-printing classes with Lara Davies at Harvest Textiles, I decided to branch out my skill and start my own project.
What do you make, create or do?
During my time in design studios, I worked on a number of branding exercise, publications, advertising and website. However, in the past year I longed for projects that are more tactile and hands-on. Hence, Monolog was born. The current collection (Winter 2011) was very much inspired by movement and flexiblity. It consists of graphically-driven pieces that explore and challenge functionality, with each of them are designed to offer a variety of style and wearability.
I've made a personal goal to be environmentally and ethically conscious — from using organic materials and processes to recycling waste where possible.
I also personally hand-printed all fabrics for this collections as well as worked closely with local manufacturers to ensure the making of the garments was not compromised, all of those to deliver a range of products of the best possible quality.
What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
Through Monolog, I'd love to integrate and explore more modularity and graphics application on every-day objects eg. clothing, fashion accessories, homewares etc.
What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
Most design processes are somewhat similar to one another, no matter what industry you are in. I found that being a graphic designer has helped me in developing the prints and even the garments. It also gave me an advantage and resources in creating my own marketing materials.
Everyday is a massive learning curve for me especially on the business side – it needs some improvements. But most of all, I'd like to learn more about textile.
List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
Harvest Textiles: I'm very grateful for knowing these lovely girls (Lara, Emma and Jessie). I admired their work ethics and of course their effortlessly fun creations. They run a business with light heart, great perseverance and open-mindedness. Since Monolog's day dot, they have been invaluably supportive and generous in so many ways. Not only that they allow me to use their studio space to print Monolog's fabrics but also dropping some tips here and there about how to run your own studio.
Marimekko: This label has been my great influence from the moment I saw their prints at IKEA back when I was in uni. The prints are dramatic, bold, playful, versatile and yet accessible. Any of their prints can be integrated to various other products.
Charley Harper: My parents gave me my first Charley Harper children book when I was a kid. I stumbled on a few science books with his illustrations later down the track. I can't get enough of his geometric and colourful interpretations of nature. His illustrations always bring smile to my face.
Sigur Ros / Jonsi: There is something visual about their music to me. I listen to all their albums A LOT when I work. It just strikes the right pulse in my brain.
But Does It Float: A site that I open every morning without failing. It is an excellent random visual reference.
Contact Indie via us/at/monolog.com.au
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