Stephanie Elicia Rushworth
To give us a sense of you as a designer, what is your major and why?
Print! I love the illustrative freedom print allows and admire the history of printing and traditional dyeing; from shibori, batik, devore and salt resist. I am fascinated with the natural bleeding and ombre's of dye and the beautiful intentional and accidental creations within the fabric. Also the joy I get from screen printing. From mixing squelchy pastes like your baking a bright and colourful cake, to that proud satisfaction no printer can deny, when you lift a printed screen and see your art work come to life!
Bricolage is about using and utilising what you find to hand. What tools or techniques do you find you can’t help coming back to?
I find myself constantly coming back to my pearlescent inks and watercolours, using salt and wax resist methods and bleeding the different colours into one another. There's something magical about the way the colours react to the different resist methods. My work is easily identifiable by my use of the colour pink, gold foiling, glitter, fairy dust, confetti, all things colourful and sparkly! And I can't forget a trusty water resistant fine liner!
As designers, we never seem satisfied with the present and endlessly look to the next trend or idea. So, where to next for you?
I plan to continue to learn from those who inspire me, to challenge myself and build upon my skill set. I’ve always had a keen interest for children’s textiles and would love to design children's wear one day! I look forward to future collaborative projects with my friends at PINKEY Square (http://pinkeysquare.com) and hope to continue travelling and exploring the world. In the future, I would like to run a series of textile based workshops and contribute to other community art ventures. I want to use textiles as a medium through which I can share and spread joy with the people and communities that surround me.