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Britta Rouse is an artist and clothing designer from Naarm (Melbourne). Her practice is driven by reclaiming textiles that sit idle in secondhand stores or wardrobes. With a focus on tactility and softness, she creates practical, enduring pieces that comfort and console. Mending Market coming soon.

brittarouse @ gmail.com

I acknowledge the Woiwurrung and Boon wurrung people of the Kulin nations as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and create. I pay respects to the original story tellers and creators, the Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Professional Experience

Britta Rouse designs, Melbourne |  Business owner (2021 - present)
Production of handmade, recycled quilts & clothing
Marketing & events
Customer service & administration

RMIT University, Melbourne | Technician (2018 to present)
Technical & design support for students
Servicing & maintenance of industrial machinery

Seb Brown, Melbourne | Studio Assistant (2018 to 2021)
Administrative & studio assistance
Customer service

Vaquera, NYC | Machinist & Design Assistant (2017)
Construction of garments for wholesale & private clients
Events & runway production assistance
Design & construction of Suffragette dress, acquired by the Museum of London

Gauntlett Cheng, NYC | Machinist & Design Assistant (2017)
Construction of garments for wholesale & private clients
Events, design assistance & pattern making

Susan Cianciolo, NYC | Studio Assistant (2017)
Event & technical support for “Flower Essence: A Flower Painting & Embroidery Workshop” at Bridgette Donohue Gallery NYC

Montblanc Australia, Melbourne | Technician (2016)
Repair of watches, jewelery, engraving & embossing leather
Customer service consultant for Australasian market

Studio 11:11, Melbourne | Freelance Designer (2013 - 2016)
Construction of leather bag prototypes & design assistance

Chorus, Collingwood | Machinist & Design Assistant (2013 - 2016)
Construction of samples for manufacturers
Design assistance, pattern making of clothing & accessories
Assistance with photo shoots, films & events

3-ply x Centre for Style x Jessie Kiely, Tarrawarra MoMA (2016)
Assisting the performance at Tarrawarra Biennial
Construction of “Jessie Kiely” runway pieces

Vintage Shed, Tyabb | Seamstress & Retail Associate (2011 - 2016)
Conservation of vintage garments, hand-mending & reconstruction
Research & archival work

Fashion is Fast, Anna-Sofie Berger | Production Assistance (2013)
Assisting the production of “Fashion is Fast” runway at Bus Projects

Creative Projects & Awards

“Salumi Salon” fashion presentation, Queen Victoria Deli Hall, Melbourne (2015)
Award for Independent Group Showcase, “Salumi Salon”, Melbourne (2015)
“Bricolage” Exhibition, Melbourne (2014)


Certificate III in Micro Business Operations APM | Currently completing

Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honors) RMIT University | Graduating in 2015