Nancy Brown

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Certificate of Art, Higher Certificate in Painting, 1989, National Art School.
Digital photography, ceramics, 2005, Brisbane Institute of Art.

Where did you head after graduating?
In 1992 I received a community arts traineeship from the Australia Council for the Arts. Since then I have been involved with many community arts projects. I moved into textile design originally because I found it is a very simple way for groups to produce highly effective printed patterns in a short space of time.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I’m an artist who branches out into textiles. I love to use screenprinting and repeat patterning in my work. The textile design and printing extends my creative horizons and makes my artistic life very interesting and absorbing. I also work on paper and canvas, some sculpture and ceramics. I travel around Queensland working with groups of people on projects helping them to create patterns and designs that express themselves.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
The product includes work and prints on paper and canvas, textile panels, ceremonial banners and lengths of hand printed fabric, laser cut sculpture and etched metal, tea towels, dyed and printed scarves and silk material, shirts, ceramics with decals and thousands of calico printed shopping bags.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
The paperwork!

What inspires your design projects?
A niche, a gap that I could work with.

What are the next steps for you?
Springboard has made me think about where I’m headed. My most satisfying work at the moment are the larger funded projects. I also have an interest in patterns and decals in metal, ceramic and lighting that I’d like to indulge more in the future. Springboard has made me more aware of how to bring that about, more committed in my belief in what is possible.

Published 14 July 2008.

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