Textile Designer & Artist of Camilion Designs:
Ute' Ronacher was born in Austria migrating to Australia as a young child and later attended RMIT University of Australia, receiving a Bachelor Degree in 1983 for Textile Design - majoring in print and in 1995 established her studio Camilion Designs in Fitzroy Melbourne.
With More than two decades of experience in hand painted and digital design covering a diverse range of surface patterns, designing for some of Australia's best-known Brands for fashion, bed linen companies, fashion and interior fabric suppliers, including screen printers, small boutiques and individuals. By utilizing a wealth of knowledge in and around the industry she was also the local representative for an International Printing Mill, an Italian Design Studio as well as collaborating with Local Designers and travelled visiting Trade Fairs for research on behalf of clients.
In 2016 Ute closed her Fitzroy Studio relocating Camilion Designs to the outer east, a leafy suburb of Melbourne where she now focuses on her own work and freelances from a repurposed portable office she calls "The Design Cube".
With an ever-changing landscape, Ute' continues to explore new avenues for her own branded products defining a new direction for her creative mind.
I strive to create imagery that is uplifting and happy, evoking laughter and delight or putting a smile of enjoyment on a face.
My design ideas and inspiration come from many places, the urban environment, my life's adventures, memories, friendships, close up observations, textures and the colours of nature especially the beauty of flowers.
My approach has been a bit of a Camilion - my play on the word Chameleon the quirky colourful lizard. As it adapts to its envoroment, and changing of colour, so to have I.
Over the course of my design career I have produced art works covering many styles, adapting to current fashion trends, themes and in numorouse colour combinations for fashion brands and homewares companise.
Today I like to work more organically, impressionist, abstract in feel with a looser approach, watercolour techniques, as well as creating colourful illustrative imagery.
For each work, I start with a rough sketch, drawing or deliberate painting using a variety of methods and mediums, taking elements out of context to create something new.
Once I'm happy with an outcome, I digitally complete my work so that I have greater flexibility and scope for my designs and the products they can be applied to. It is during this process, my starting point and the end result in mind, usually takes on a life of its own with wonderful unexpected results.
Achieving what I set out to do and being able to touch someone emotionally through my design work gives me a great sense of gratitude and satisfaction that I'm able to bring enjoyment into someone's life.