Simone Madigan

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Currently completing Master of Fine Arts (Printmaking), University of Newcastle.
Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), 1993, Ballarat University.

Where did you head after graduating?
I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for fashion and interiors and also taught design in the tertiary sector.

When did you launch your own business?
In 2007.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I designed my own prints for clothing and homewares and friends and family encouraged me to make products for them also.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
States of Nature manufactures specialist handcrafted fabric using water-based inks and sustainable practices. Designs are printed onto linen, cotton and canvas blends to create clothing, accessories and homeware ranges.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
Many of my designs are based on nature. Some forms are quite obvious but others are more abstract. The way that colours interact and the tactile nature of my products are a focus. I like to mix different prints together and create new pieces that way.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
There are always competing demands on my time.

What inspires your design projects?
The hands on experience of printmaking and the way I can use digital technology as a tool in my work.

What are the next steps for you?
I hope to develop my use of organic cotton and bamboo fabrics and maintain production in Australia.

Published 15 July 2008.

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