About the artwork and sitter
This colourful portrait shows Alice Nightingale in her world, surrounded by the tools of her trade. The setting was her shop, which has now closed down, but Nightingale is continuing to forge a career in creating slow and ethical fashion, selling her creations online.
The painting references her subjects work at every turn, flattening the dress to emphasise the patterned material, and bordering the figure to emphasise the cut and pasted look.
Eliza Berwhistle says of her subject: “Alice hand-makes all of her garments herself, using recycled and locally sourced fabrics. She also designs the prints herself, many of which reflect Brisbane’s laidback colloquialisms.
Her aesthetic follows a ‘more is more’ maximalist DIY approach which has been reflected through the kitsch and crafty collage aspects of the painting. An aesthetic that matches her effervescent personality.”
About the artist
Eliza Bertwhistle is a local emerging artist. She completed a BA in Fine Art majoring in Painting at QCA in 2018, and is now studying to be a teacher. She works predominantly as a muralist and oil painter.