Straight from the pages of her sketch books, Adelaide fashion and jewellery designer Naomi Murrell has decked the walls of her quirky studio for the month of August to celebrate the South Australian Living Artists Festival.
Naomi’s exhibition, Dress Code, is a playful, colourful and eccentric collection of one-off paintings and limited edition screen prints produce with Jake Holmes from Tooth and Nail.
“I originally studied as an illustrator and I worked for [local artist] Tiff Manuell for a couple of years. But I’ve been doing my own label for maybe nine years now,” she says.
“I’ve come to that time where I’ve built my brand up from doing clothing and doing jewellery and I’m just at a moment where I realised my sketchbook was full of drawings like this.
“My friends and staff, and people like [AFF Event Manager] Robyn [Ingerson] have been really encouraging me to do something with them.
“I’ve done exhibitions before, but now just felt like the right time to put it out there.”
She says it has given her a chance to revisit her brand and what she’s designing in the future.
“I think for me, it was a chance to remind myself what I’m into, what I like, what I want to do.
“I also did a few exhibitions when I started out, so this is really getting me back to my roots.”
As for what’s in store for AFF, Naomi wouldn’t give too much away, but we can expect to see some eclectic tees in the works.
“I’m planning on doing some t-shirts for spring/summer with illustrations, so [the exhibition] ties in well and I can gauge what people like.”
Dress Code is on for all of August 2018 in Naomi Murrell’s Ebenezer Place shop (Shop 5, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide 5000).