Bonnie Mooney is a textile and accessory designer at Gorman. She started in the design room of the popular Australian fashion label in May 2013, and is behind that frenzy-inducing chips-and-seagulls print, among a host of other bold, whimsical, and endlessly covetable prints and patterns. If you’ve ever had an uncontrollable ‘GET-IN-MY-WARDROBE’ moment at Gorman… you can probably blame Bonnie.
We recently sat down with the 28-year-old to polish off a few unfinished sentences :
The most important verb in the get-your-dream-job lexicon is…
…fake it (’til you make it).
I landed this job by…
First year out of school I went to Brighton Bay Art Design + Photography and completed Certificate 4 in Design, this was a full-time one-year course where you built skills across all areas of art and design and produced a folio, which could be used to present to universities for further education. I then completed a Visual Communication degree at Monash University, Caulfield.
My first design role was while I was still at uni. I was working part-time as shop girl at the iconic Douglas & Hope. Owner, Cath Hope asked me to help her with some graphics for tote bags, tea towels, socks, and melamine plates etc. Cath stocked Beci Orpin’s then brands Princess Tina and Tiny Mammoth, this is where I first met Beci. I then began an internship with The Jacky Winter Group/Lamington Drive Gallery working on their annual publication showcasing the artists on their books, this turned into a full-time role within the company as a Junior Designer and PA to Director Jeremy Wortsman. After a year in this role, I slowed down a bit and helped out Beci in her studio part-time for a few months before accepting the Print Designer role with Karen Walker in Auckland, New Zealand. The role was advertised on their Facebook Page and my friend sent it to me, urging me to apply, despite the fact I’d never created a yardage or textile design in my life. This was initially meant to be a 6-month maternity leave cover role. The then print designer didn’t return to the role so I was asked if I’d like to stay on and I did for another year-and-a-half!
After living across the ditch I was starting to miss home too much. I put the feelers out to some friends in the industry, and before I knew it Beci Orpin had introduced me to Lisa Gorman over e-mail and it went from there.