Meeting The Fleet Store designers: Bronte Bateup

Meet Bronte Bateup just one of the up and coming student designers who will be selling their wares at The Fleet Store in the State Library later this month.

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Wearable art piece

Tell us a little about your background?

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast has definitely had a huge impact on my creativity, being around a lifestyle of art and craft, beautiful natural environments and an all-round laid back lifestyle. This has allowed me to really find my own style and aesthetic when it comes to my art and jewellery making. I spend a lot of my free time drawing, painting and sculpting which has been a great foundation for my jewellery and fashion designs.

Can you give us a little insight into what a normal day looks like for you?

Everyday is different for me, whether it’s spent at uni, working at Adorne or spending time exploring either Brisbane or my home on the Sunshine Coast. Everyday starts with a good coffee and ends with a cup of tea, with a whole lot of random interpretive dancing in-between the day’s activities.

What are some daily office rituals or habits you employ to enhance your productivity and creativity?

Listening to music (most genres) and taking the time to meditate and explore my imagination are some things I try to do on a daily basis as well as some more interpretive dancing.

What principles inform your work?

In all my work I try to create designs that merge art and fashion design together. Sometimes my work can seem a bit out there and more like wearable art, but my aim is to open people’s minds to what is fashionably acceptable and that fashion design and styling is all about self expression and pushing boundaries.

Where do you go to get design inspiration?

I love exploring natural environments, mostly the beach, often by myself where I can take in the surroundings and sometimes do some drawing or take photos. Looking at art galleries and interesting interiors are also where I tend to get a lot of inspiration as well as social media such as Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram.

What has been a career highlight for you so far?

I think the greatest highlight for me has been the positive feedback I’ve had from so many people about my work; whether it’s my paintings, drawings or jewellery designs. It has definitely shown me that I can pursue my work further than just doing it as a hobby. The response I’ve had from many different people has been amazing and overwhelming.

Which Australian or international fashion people, practices, designers or similar do you admire?

I admire a lot of fashion influences for different reasons, but I’m a huge fan of Australian fashion blogger and artist Amanda Shadforth. I love her design aesthetic and artistic approach to her photography and artwork. Brisbane fashion designer George Wu is also another influence of mine; the way he works and treats every garment he makes as a work of art is truly inspiring.

What are your top 5 favourite design books?

1) Adore – Adore Magazine

2) The Fashion Book – Phaidon

3) 100 Years of Fashion Illustration – Cally Blackman

4) Chanel: Collections and Creations – Daniele Bott

5) Wall and Piece – Banksy

What can attendees to the Fleet Store expect to see?

A few wearable art pieces that really make a statement. Many have a tribal influence with a few quirks and pops of colour. All of my pieces are handmade with love. 

Location: Infozone, level 1, State Library of Queensland

Date: Fri 21 – Thu 27 Aug 2015

Time: Mon–Thu 10am–8pm, Fri–Sun 10am–5pm