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Alana Clifton-Cunningham

Alana Clifton-CunninghamAlana Clifton-Cunningham is a fulltime academic within the Fashion and Textile Design program at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her area of research is avant-garde knitwear design that explores unconventional materials, mixed media and form. Clifton-Cunningham is currently enrolled in the Master of Design program at the College of Fine Arts - COFA (University of New South Wales) and is currently exploring theories relating to knitting, and questions whether contemporary knitwear design is fashion or art. Gallery of work.



Philip Delamore

Phillip DelamorePhilip Delamore has combined interests in art, science and technology in a career in fashion design and research over the last 13 years. For six years he ran a successful womenswear label partnership, showing in London and Paris and selling internationally. With the last seven years spent as a digital print designer he has extensive knowledge of all aspects of ink jet print and fabric processing, from consultancy to design and production. This is constantly updated through lecturing at degree level and working collaboratively with other designers, artists and clients. Delamore currently works as a consultant to a digital print company which develops print solutions for new materials, and as an associate researcher at the London College of Fashion in the Textile Research Futures Unit. He is an active collaborator in projects which bring together creatives and technologists to advance the field of fashion and textiles and is working with partners in UK and EU to develop research into this area. Gallery of Philip Delamore's work.

Sophia Errey

Sophia Errey is an artist, art educator and writer. Her first doctorate (Melbourne University) on architectural ornament and her interest in the field of ornamentation has continued and expanded. She is currently enrolled in a PhD by project in the School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University, under the title 'Fashioning in the Image of Time', focusing on a personal response to the cultural references in contemporary European fashion. As a lecturer to Fine Art students in the School of Art and Culture at RMIT her areas of teaching interest include recent theory, particularly psychoanalytic theory; the nineteenth century; Latin American and Asian art and the decorative arts. Other stimulating and enjoyable aspects of professional involvement include the supervision of postgraduate candidates in a wide variety of disciplines and teaching in the offshore Fine Art degree run by the Art Centre, Hong Kong and RMIT. Errey's practice as a developing artist is currently focused on digital images and objects in paper and textiles. Her next exhibition Bella Figura at First Site Gallery, RMIT, in April 2004, is inspired by the phantasmagoria of runway presentations. Gallery of Sophia Errey's work.

Dr Margaret Grafton

Margaret GraftonDr Margaret Grafton has created tapestries for public buildings and institutions in New South Wales, Australia, over three decades, often working in consultation with architects. Her largest work measures seven metres in height. Her tapestries are experimental in design and technique and since the 1970s she has expanded tapestry into different and unexpected materials, especially metal. Weaving totally with metal strips is her current fascination. Works have been acquired by Australian public collections including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; The Jewish Museum, Melbourne; and the Tamworth Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Philosophy has been a strong influence on her life as a weaver and continues to demonstrate to Grafton the possibility of enquiry. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Philosophy, University of Sydney, in 1997, and has presented academic papers at conferences in the fields of art practice, philosophy, critical theory and semiotics. Gallery of Margaret Grafton's work.


Robyn Healy

Robyn Healy is a well know and respected fashion curator. She was Senior Curator of International Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria for twelve years. Previously working at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, where she was the inaugural Curator of international Fashion (1982-89) and the Senior Curator of International Decorative Arts from 1990. Healy has worked with Australian public collections of costumes and textiles for over 18 years and her specialist area is 20th century fashion and design. She was recently awarded a Centenary medal for her contribution to Fashion and Textiles in Australia. Healy has curated over 23 fashion and textile exhibitions including: Gianni Versace: The Retrospective 1982-1997 (2000), National Gallery of Victoria; Couture to chaos: fashion from 1960 to now (1996-1997), touring the National Gallery of Victoria, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, and Art Gallery of South Australia; Worth to Dior: 20th century fashion from the National Gallery of Victoria (1993-1995), touring the National Gallery of Victoria and Auckland City Art Gallery.


Yoshiki Hishinuma

Yoshiki Hishinuma(Mr Hishinuma will be represented at the INTERMESH Symposium by Textile Designer, Mr Kazushi Ishida - see below.)

Japanese designer Yoshiki Hishinuma's contribution to design spans fashion, textiles, product design and costume design. In 1999 Hishinuma was the subject of a retrospective at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands. This was the first retrospective dedicated to a living fashion designer in the Museum's new Fashion Gallery. Hishinuma is known for his innovative application of new technologies combined with traditional Japanese craft practices. Since 1992, when Hishinuma established the Yoshiki Hishinuma womenswear label, he has shown his collections in Tokyo and Paris. 1996, he was awarded the Mainichi Prize for Fashion for using the latest technology to breathe new life into traditional shibori designs.

Exhibitions have included Japan Avant Garde of the Future, Genova, Italy; The Middle of Art and Fashion, Zurich, Switzerland, and, Labirinto da Moda, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Hishinuma studied at the Bunka College of Fashion, Tokyo, and worked at the Miyake Design Studio before establishing his freelance design studio. In 1983 he won first prize as a new designer in the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix. During this period he worked on theatrical productions and designed costumes for The Magic Flute played by the International Musicians Association, China, and costumes for Tamasaburo in Sound Cloud in Sydney, an event of the 200th anniversary of the National Foundation of Australia. The movie Gohime, directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, featured Hishinuma designed contemporary kimonos. In 2003, Yoshiki Hishinuma designed costumes for the ballet Le Septieme Lune performed by Opera National de Paris in April 2004. (See Gallery of Mr Hishinuma's work.


Kazushi Ishida

Kazushi Ishida(Mr Kazushi Ishida is the representative of Mr Yoshiki Hishinuma in Australia for the INTERMESH Symposium.)

Kazushi Ishida graduated from Bunka College of Fashion in Tokyo in 1989. In 1993 he started working as a textile director for Yoshiki Hishinuma since which time he has worked on all Yoshiki Hishinuma's Collections for each season. In 1999 Ishida gave a presentation at the 3rd International Shibori Symposium on 'Yoshiki Hishinuma's Fashion'at the National Museum of Fine Art, Santiago Chile.


Dr Vicki Karaminas

Vicki KaraminasVicki Karaminas is a cultural studies scholar with over ten years teaching at university level in one or all areas of Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Design and Photography. Her Doctoral thesis in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies (University of Technology, Sydney) critically examined subjectivities and its multiple meanings, and explored the representation of the body in spatial and gendered practices, including mass media. Her work addresses sets of coherent issues around Design and Fashion Design and Textiles, specifically examining the impact of critical theory in its cultural contexts. She is published in the field of identity subjectivity and representation and her research interests lie in the field of post-colonialism and the impact of globalisation on fashion and textile design. She also continues to freelance as a consultant and adviser to various industry businesses in the areas of retail, government and the media sector. Karaminas currently teaches in the Fashion Design and Textiles Program at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Gallery of work.


Sara Keith

Sarah KeithSince graduating in 1990 Sara Keith has worked in fashion, textile and costume design and production, including freelance commercial work and on an internationally marketed signature range as well as the Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera, Scottish Television, ITV (United Kingdom) and the BBC. Her works have been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Scottish Gallery Edinburgh and the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London. Her interest in resist dyed textiles was sparked by an early range of clothes for the Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show. Keith has been inspired by natural forms and rhythms using a mix of dye and stitch techniques. The same influences have informed her jewellry design. This new research project has allowed Keith to explore her fascination with silver and textiles. By collaborating with colleagues from Jewellry and Metal Design and Textile Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, she hopes to further explore the field of shaped resist, by cross fertilisation of associated technique. Gallery of Sara Keith's work.


Wendy Lugg

Wendy LuggFine art trained, Wendy Lugg works primarily with fabric. Lugg focuses on exhibition work and commissions for public, corporate and domestic spaces. She has been exhibiting for 30 years and her work is widely published. Lugg has an international reputation as a contemporary textile artist and fibrecraft advocate. She regularly presents lectures and workshops in Australia and overseas and has curated numerous exhibitions, several of which have toured internationally. She has published on Australian and international textile arts. Her work has been supported by travel awards including a Churchill Fellowship. Since her first overseas cultural experience in South East Asia 35 years ago, she has made many journeys to Japan, Korea, USA, UK and France. She is a Fellow of the Crafts Council of Western Australia, and an accredited Australian National Craftmark practitioner. Gallery of Wendy Lugg's work.


Dr John Moriarty

Dr John MoriartyMoriarty is an indigenous Australian, originally from Borroloola, Northern Territory. Today a full member of the Yanyuwa people of his birthplace, and belonging ceremonially to the rainbow snake and kangaroo Dreamings, John has held senior and executive positions in Departments of Aboriginal Affairs at both Federal and State government levels. He is a longtime advocate for indigenous rights and indigenous arts. He is Chairman and co-owner of the Jumbana Group of companies including the 'Balarinji' design brand which was the original trailblazer in indigenous-based design, clothing everything from Qantas jumbo jets to Paris catwalks. He was granted a Churchill Fellowship for overseas study of the history and culture of indigenous peoples and is a recipient of an Advance Australia Award for service to industry and commerce and a Member of the Order of Australia.

In establishing the Balarinji studio in 1983 with his wife Ros Moriarty, he sought to celebrate his Aboriginal heritage and that of his three children through art and design. Through Balarinji he fosters and maintains his links with Australian and global indigenous peoples and communities, networks his extensive circle of corporate associates in Australia and overseas, and presents Balarinji's design vision for Australia to media and public audiences. The result is an extremely successful national and international enterprise, operating across five continents. (See


Roger Morris

Roger Morris is the Course Director, Jewellery & Metal Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design , University of Dundee. He trained as a jeweller at Central School of Art & Design, London, and the Royal College of Art, London, and has exhibited in Britain, Europe and the United States. His works are held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, Crafts Council of Great Britain, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Royal Museum of Scotland, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Nottingham City Museum, Nottingham. As well as teaching appointments in United Kingdom art schools, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Parsons School of Design, New York, the University of South Australia and Konstfack University College of Art & Design, Stockholm, Sweden. Since moving to Scotland, Morris' work has been influenced by the landscape and the Northern skies. Drawing and painting became an intrinsic element within his portfolio, strongly impacting upon the direction and development of his jewellery designs. Extended visits to the USA, Australia and Sweden have made distinct impressions on his work, with a visit to Sri Lanka, a country rich in natural gemstones, forming a key influence. New work is composed mainly with precious metals and the vivid colours previously brought to life using acrylic is now provided by a smaller but richer source. A current research area involves the collaboration of designers from the disciplines of textiles and jewellery, bringing together diverse techniques and technology from both areas and exciting processes of creation and production.


Dr Rajiv Padhye

Rajiv PadhyeDr Rajiv Padhye Padhye is Programs Manger - Textiles Design and Technology, RMIT University, Melbourne (Brunswick campus). His areas of expertise include Chemical technology of textiles, dyeing, printing and finishing, fibre chemistry, environmental issues, quality and technical textiles. He has worked in industry for over 10 years. Recently the Textile Institute, Manchester, has honoured Padhye with a Fellowship of the Institute (FTI). He is a Vice President of theTextile Institute Southern Australia section. He is on the Education Sub Committee for the Technical Textiles and Non-Woven Association, and also an active member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists of Australia and NZ. Gallery.


Caterina Radvan

Caterina Radvan is a freelance knitwear designer and part-time lecturer in knitwear design at the London College of Fashion and is also undertaking research for a PhD at the London College of Fashion. She graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Knitwear Design, and attained a Masters degree in Knitwear (Womenswear) from the Royal College of Art in 1998. In 1999 she was awarded a Merchant Tailors' bursary to work as Practitioner in Residence at the London College of Fashion for one year. She is now a lecturer in knitwear design at the same institution. Since 1993, Radvan's work has been concerned with seamlessness in knitwear and the questioning of conventional clothing shapes and processes through the exploitation of knitting technology. This has lead directly to her present PhD research, which involves the application of the inclusive design principle to advanced knitting technology. Since 2001 Radvan has worked as a freelance knitwear designer in collaboration with the designer Shirin Guild. Her work is sold through various retail outlets in the UK and throughout the world, including Libertys in London, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Gallery of Caterina Radvan's work.


Janet Stoyel

Janet Stoyel trained and qualified as a pattern cutter. She graduated with a National Diploma in Design for Fashion Textiles followed by a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Constructed Textiles at the University of Central England, Birmingham, and a Master of Philosophy Research Degree at the Royal College of Art, London. Stoyel operates The Cloth Clinic, established in 1994 to meet the requirements of emerging fashion designers for unique textiles in small quantity production. This business now supplies many notable persons associated with fashion, interior specifying and architectural design including Donna Karan, Gucci, Paul Smith, Philip Treacy, Paloma Picasso and London - based architects: Norman Foster, Fitch, Artillery and Andreji Blonski. An appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England, Bristol, provides the ideal opportunity to research new ideas and contemporary textile trends. Stoyel owns two full UK patents relating to Machinery and Processes for Laser, and, Machinery and Processes for Ultrasound, and carries the Trademarks: Laserlace, Laseretch and Sonicloth.


Dr Olga Troynikov

Troynikov has gained Australian and International apparel market knowledge through managing conceptualisation of trends, development of fabrics and commercialisation of new product ranges. She has numerous publications in international textile journals, four patented inventions in textile technology and a number of commercialised fabric collections exhibited at Lyon Mode City Exhibition over past 5 years. Troynikov has a Masters degree and PhD in textile Technology and has worked in the textile industry for over 15 years in technical, design and development fields. For the past 2 years she has lectured in Fabric Technology, CAD/CAM in Textile Design, Knitwear Production and Fabric Engineering. Troynikov's areas of expertise are trend forecasting, product design and engineering, CAD/CAM application for textile industry and high-performance materials. Gallery.


Laurene Vaughan

Laurene VaughanOriginally coming from an art and design education background with a major in sculpture, Laurene Vaughan has melded a career of practicing artist, designer and educator in Australia and Japan. Since 1995 she has been a lecturer and research supervisor within the Fashion Program at RMIT University for both thesis and project students. In 2001 she expanded her interest in applied research to include cluster supervision of workplace based research projects within the School of Education at RMIT. In 2000 Laurene codeveloped the Master of Design Online at RMIT (, a cross-disciplinary program for design professionals. She is currently undertaking a PhD by Research Project RMIT University- School of Applied Communication and has participated in conferences and exhibitions internationally and in Australia. Research interests and activities include reflective practice, creativity, modes of exploration, and presentation, work as practice and aesthetic exploration. Gallery of Laurene Vaughan's work.


Karen Webster

Karen WebsterKaren Webster is the Program Director, RMIT Fashion, where she manages the fashion programs, from degree through to PhD. Webster is passionate about education within creative disciplines. She plays a significant role in nurturing future fashion professionals for our globally focused industry. She is keen to emphasise the importance of innovative design within Australian fashion supported by technical proficiency, market expertise and cultural awareness.

Webster is highly regarded in the industry as a consultant and public speaker. Her specialist areas of expertise include an in depth knowledge of trend forecasting, consumer analysis, colour trends and design directions. She completed her Masters degree, in 1997, which investigated the viability of independent fashion and is currently working on her PhD, which researches the feasibility of fashion within our contemporary culture. Webster is the Australian representative for Paris based group Studio Edelkoort which publishes trend information under the company 'Trend Union' and creates the publications View on Colour and Bloom. She currently sits on the Board of the L'ORÉAL Melbourne Fashion Festival, and has served as a board member on the Australian Fashion Foundation, the Government committee for India Australia Education in the TCF (Textile, Clothing and Footwear) industries and the Industry Development Board - Wool, for the South Australian Government.


Bernhard Willhelm

Bernhard WillhelmThe designs of Bernhard Willhelm defy simple classification. They allude to the ostensibly familiar but this familiarity is questioned when it is detached from its classical function and given a new role. Willhelm's collections have something distinctly German about them unlike those of the other stars in the international designer scene. He draws consciously on his native country's traditional clothing style which he reiterates and deconstructs in his work. Willhelm, who now lives in Paris, was born in Ulm, Germany. He received a Diploma in Fashion Design with Honours in July 1998 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. During his studies he assisted Walter van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs. Willhelm founded a company together with Jutta Kraus and launched his first women's collection with a show at Paris Fashion Week in March 1999. This was met with immediate success. Since then Bernhard Willhelm has presented women's collections regularly in Paris.

Willhelm received the Moët & Chandon Fashion Award in September 2001 and moved the creative atelier from Antwerp to Paris in September 2002, the same year he was guest editor of B-magazine. He started as art director for the house of Roberto Capucci with the creation of a first ready-to-wear collection under the name Capucci. He designed his first menswear outfits in October 2000 leading to a complete men's line which was shown at Men's Fashion Week in Paris in January 2003. A retrospective of Bernhard Wilhelm's work was shown at the Art Foundation Ursula Blickle in Germany in July 2003. Gallery of Bernard Wilhelm's work.

INTERMESH Symposium delegates will meet Willhelm in conversation with Robyn Healy, from the National Gallery of Victoria, and also have the opportunity to view Willhelm's recent men's and women's collections at RMIT Gallery (exhibition dates 15 March - 24 April) displayed on five screens. The RMIT Gallery exhibition also features a film made with Olaf Breuning, a master of the constructed scenarios. Throughout his work, Breuning dishes up a fantasy world of glam-trash quotations, an archive of alternative realities. Breunig openly collects, quotes and reassembles from our collective image-repertoire. His eclectic work provokes contrasting feelings of discomfort and fascination, repulsion and seduction. Breunig works with video, installation, performance and photography.

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