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Ute Ronacher was born is Austria migrated to Australia as a young child and attended RMIT University of Australia, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Textile Design in 1983 and in 1995 established her studio Camilion Designs in Fitzroy Melbourne. With more than three decades experience in hand painted and digital design covering a diverse range of surface patterns, designing for Australias best-known Brands in fashion, bedlinen companies and interior fabric suppliers, including screen printers, small boutiques and individuals. Ute was the local representative of an international printing mill, an Italian Design Studio and collaborated with local designers.
With a wealth of knowledge in and around the industry, Ute Co-founded the Australian Textile Design Association supporting textile designers working in the Industry, later amalgamating with the multidisciplinary Design Institute of Australia where Ute was awarded, Fellow member.
She has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally showcasing surface patterns to the textile industry. In 2000 at the Taegu Textile Design Competition in Korea Ute was awarded most creative and practical work by the Textile Design Federation of Korea. She has judged on various design panels, lectures, has mentored artists and designers, served as an Industry professional on the advisory committee for RMIT University of Fashion and Textiles for several years and travelled internationally visiting Trade Fares on behalf of her clients for research.
In 2016 Ute closed her studio in Fitzroy to relocate Camilion Designs to the Outer East a leafy suburb of Melbourne to work from her remodeled portable office “The Design Cube”. Her journey continues with a greater freedom to explore and express her creative mind.
Utes jumping off point of influences to her new work is through close up observation of the environment around her and the visual elements of nature. Responding to the never ending changes through the use of colour and textures and the juxtaposition of surface patterns is what her work expresses. Utes response to seeing pattern everywhere in her surroundings influences the outcome of her work.
When Ute isn’t in her studio running amuck, she likes to have adventures traveling, enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends.
Taegu Textile Design Competition in Korea
Group Exhibition - Arabian Nights at Manningham Gallery
Group Exhibition – At local Trade Fair (Designnex) of surface pattern work
Trade Fair – Melbourne Décor & Design 2018_ Camilion Designs own Outdoor Fabrics.