It’s not every day a successful textile designer lets you in on their secrets, but Julie White will do exactly that as part of Makers at the Museum, a special workshop held during the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition.

“I’ll be sharing my creative process,” White says. “The exhibition is all about nature so we’re exploring patterns in the natural world.”

A tour of the exhibition will be followed by a session in the workshop where adults can learn to make a print pattern repeat, and “play” with marker pens and collage techniques.

“A bit like the way Matisse worked,” White says, “my creative process is very hand-drawn and hands-on. It’s about stepping away from the computer.”

White’s latest Straya Daze and Straya Nights ranges of socks and silk scarves were inspired by Australian flora and fauna, resulting in a bright mix of prawns, camels, fruit and geckos.

Her upcoming spring–summer range hits even closer to home. “It’s inspired by South Australian flora and fauna,” she says. “There’s scarves, socks and I’m also developing some hosiery.”

Makers at the Museum with Julie White runs on June 22 from 6pm to 9pm at the South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets are $45 and include a glass of wine and cheese platter on arrival.

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