FashFest Designer Profile – Andie Meredith
by The Editor
This article is part of an ongoing series showcasing local fashion designers who will appear at FashFest from 1 – 4 May 2013.
Designer Profile 6 – Andie Meredith
Bold, daring, but most certainly comfortable – these are the thoughts that cross our mind when looking at the designs of Andie Meredith. But why take our word for it? Here’s how Andie describes herself on her website:
The sought after signature fabric print designs, that remain exclusive to Andie Meredith are derived from personal artworks. Each artwork is a response to the designers inspiration, taken from nature, a reflection of life experiences and the processes and works of Scottish Artist, Designer and Architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. – www.andiemeredith.com
We emailed Andie our standard set of 20 questions a series of local designers have already answered. With Andie in the hot-seat we were keen to learn a lot more about a designer heavily influenced by one of Art Nouveau’s most recognisable artists.
1. My name is: Andie Meredith
2. My label is called: Andie Meredith (!)
3. I graduated in 2009 from Canberra Institute of Technology
4. The theme of my collection is: I have used a selection of fabric with a soft undertone of the 1970s. I have themed this collection as a response to the recent market research, taken from women in Canberra. You could say that the collection is based on texture and organic shapes.
5. The next challenge I face is: continuing to balance the demands of a women’s-wear designer – I am a ‘one-man-show’!
6. As a child, my favourite object was: my pet dog, Spot (named after the ‘loveable Mr Spot’ books). He was my first pet and I loved him. I also liked to dress him up at times. He had patience.
7. The craziest item I’ve ever designed was: A wearable sand castle. My sister had the joy of modelling this. I made this in response to a first year brief, while at CIT.
8. My biggest personal fashion regret is: I can’t think of one, because I like to think I take risks.
9. I’m inspired by: Scottish artist, designer and sculptor Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His processes and works have influenced my design process, together with the fabric design process that I use, especially his feminine aesthetic and use of materials.
10. A model I would like to work with is: Gemma Ward. I think she has pulled off some great looks over the years, but I particularly like her whimsical work.
11. A designer I would like to collaborate with is: There are lots of artisians that I can think of at the moment – too many to choose from – I am constantly surrounded by talent.
12. The most challenging material I work with is: jersey and leather silk. It changes so much.
13. My favourite part of Canberra is: The lake. I’m really enjoying lake walks around Canberra at the moment.
14. If I weren’t doing this I would be: an artist – I like to paint and draw
15. One thing I’ll never understand is: small minded people. We just don’t think alike.
16. If my designs were a holiday destination they would be: an around the world ticket. The end product of my design process is interpreted according to the context and the wearer, which is intended.
17. A fashion trend that should never return is: the 90’s. Simply because it’s the 90’s
18. Someone who is always well dressed is: Florence Welch. Her approach to style and her music is iconic.
19. The last thing I read was: The You Are Here Festival guide. It was very refreshing
20. Love my work? You can buy my designs from my stockist page www.andiemeredith.com