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What do Textile Designers do? Here is a taste of how key events such as the David Bowie is  Exhibition now showing at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) , can lead to exciting new on-trend print patterns created by BA Textile Design Year 2 students.


Come and see our student’s work translated into a short film on the big screen at ACMI Lightwell & the Outdoor screen in Federation Square, Melbourne, from today (yes, right now!) 27 October 2015 – until 1st November 2015 when the exhibition closes and Bowie leaves town….

“Channeling David Bowie – 1970’s Glam” showcases a selection of work from our Year 2 Digital Textile Design and the Marketplace course. This short film captures their responses to the David Bowie is exhibition, where textile designs were developed for printed fashion outcomes.


Image: Space Thing by Georgina Matthews



The inspiration taken from the exhibition was as varied as the prints our students created:

(My) “designs are inspired by the bold, intriguing, unusual and iconic costume make-up worn by Bowie.”


“I was particularly interested with the ‘Space Oddity’ section of the exhibition… drawing inspiration from technical aircraft drawings/bold geometrics/optical illusions/images of the galaxy.”


“’Rebel Rebel’ is inspired by David Bowie’s bold colours and patterns used in his iconic costumes. Time to put on  your red shoes and let the ‘Jean Jeanie’ out of her bottle!” 


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Image: “GEO Glam” by Lou Lou Kitching

’GEO-glam’ is a clash of geometric colour and line. Inspired by the individual style of David Bowie and abstract art, GEO-glam prints are strong, bold and ooze confidence.” Lou Lou Kitching



Image: ‘Turn and Face the Strange’ by Nina Thirion


‘Inspired by David Bowie, my textile designs ask viewers to ‘turn and face the strange’, providing a juxtaposition of weird whimsical, Memphis inspired, playful, prints for fashion.” – Nina Thirion



Image: ‘Ziggy Stardust and his cosmic link’ – by Maria Dare

“Ziggy Stardust and his cosmic link to the mysticisms of the universe inspire a collection of vivacious and outlandish fashion prints, celebrating Bowie’s liberation of out-of-this-world self- expression.” – Maria Dare



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Image: “A Seamless Dialogue” – by Stephanie Broadbent-Smith

‘A Seamless Dialogue’ explores the visual element of the song ‘Space Oddity’; the range is created entirely from a single hand drawn line, creating line illustrations that reference the many stages of David Bowie’s career.” – Stephanie Broadbent-Smith

Take the opportunity to see textile designs writ large and live on the big screen at ACMI only for the next few days, or if you miss out, get a second chance by coming along to our Open House event next week to see more of the work of these talented design students in the BATD studios.

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