As a child Marni Stuart dreamed of growing up to be a rainbow farmer. She has
since built a multifaceted practice working as a textile designer, researcher and
Stuart’s personal design practice is inspired by regionalism and sense of place.
Her designs feature the native flora surrounding her Sunshine Coast-based home.
Each piece starts by hand, using drawing, painting and other mark making
techniques to create varied motifs.
Within her patterns the shapes are simplified and abstracted, foregrounds and
backgrounds are flattened to create single depth of perception. Focal points are
often removed, replaced with a repetitive rhythm of bold elements to provide
a piece that compliments, but doesn’t direct the form of the garment it sits
upon. Colour is harnessed with reckless abandon, with bright contrasting hues
thrashing it out in each work.