Textile Design

Australia has a vibrant and thriving textile design industry, spanning fashion, homewares, soft furnishings, floor coverings, and industrial applications.

This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian textile design project completed between January 1st 2019 and April 5th 2020. One-off textile designs, textile collections and textile-based fashion or homewares products will be considered in this category.


One winner in the Textile Design category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications will be shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by two expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the client brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Craftsmanship – how well does this project integrate skilled craftsmanship, and demonstrate mastery of a craft?

Function – how well does this space deliver the desired functional outcomes?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, water and energy consumption?

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

Cassie Byrnes

Cassie Byrnes is a surface pattern designer, and the owner/textile designer of Melbourne-made label, Variety Hour. Since graduating from RMIT University in 2014 with a BA in Textile Design, Cassie has collaborated with brands from Anthropologie to Google, Häagen-Dazs, Microsoft and Penguin. Most recently, Cassie collaborated with Nike one an exclusive clothing collection for the 2020 Australian Open.

Luciana Wallis

Luciana Wallis is a textile designer and product developer with over 13 years experience in the Australian textile design industry. She is design manager at Warwick Fabrics, working with printers, dyers, weavers and suppliers worldwide to create distinctive textile collections.