2016

Stephanie King on the catwalk, Miss Universe Australia 2016 [photos by Jared Seng]

  1. Exciting commission
    I have been invited to design a wedding dress for a fashion parade in April 2017. The parade will also feature wedding dresses past and present (including mine!) I've already begun eco dyeing the fabrics for the new design - so far they include some lovely textured seeded silk, and a flowing piece of habotai.
  2. Milestone
    A very enjoyable and challenging commission was a highlight for me in 2016. I was asked to eco dye 15 metres of silk for a gown to be worn by Tasmania's entrant in Miss Universe Australia, Stephanie King. It was designed and made by Launceston couturier Rudolf Ramseyer. Stephanie really made the dress come alive on the catwalk!
  3. Published
    The December 2016 issue of Down Under Textiles features Part 1 of an article I was commissioned to write for them. I've called it 'Collaborating with Nature' because it describes how I use what I can find around me to naturally colour fabric, paper and thread. It includes tips and techniques for you to try for yourself.
  4. Sustainable Living
    This annual event takes place at Princes Wharf, Hobart - right next to Salamanca Place. In November 2016, I was invited to join a group of other eco fashion makers and designers with a stall displaying my creations. A fashion parade held on the first day included 5 of my outfits, modelled beautifully by volunteer models.
  5. Handmade Market
    Each month, our town hosts a handmade market in the historic stables at St Marys Sport and Recreation Ground. I love participating, and it's a great place to see the talents of local makers, producers and designers. Each stallholder is given an actual horse stall to display their wares, and there is also outside space.
  6. For Sale
    After operating my gallery and studio since 2003, we have decided to put the building up for sale. I want to be more flexible with my hours so that I have more time to follow up commissions, events and other opportunities for my work. I will continue to attend local markets as well, and build up my online presence. We also want to finish our house!

Fashion parade, Sustainable Living Festival in Hobart 2016 [photos by Kate Fletcher]