Alice Payne is a fashion and textile designer based in Brisbane, and a lecturer in Fashion at Queensland University of Technology.
Alice studied Painting at Sydney College of the Arts, where her work investigated the intersection of art and craft through working with traditional textile techniques such as patchwork and quilting. Her interest in textiles lies not only in their tactility and malleability as a medium but also their ability to hold story, memory and meaning.
Her later studies and work in fashion and textile design saw her develop work conceptually focused on design for sustainability. This includes technical approaches to design for disassembly and modularity, with embellished textile surfaces created using layering, knotting, topstitching, shadow quilting and laser cutting techniques.
In 2011, one of her design projects, ThinkLifecycle, won the Unique Enterprise category of the Fashioning the Future Awards from The Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. In 2008 Alice exhibited a collection of modular garments featuring shadow quilting on sheer silk cottons at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, and in 2012 her work The Grow-Shrink-and-Turncoat was exhibited in the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra as part of the Fashionably Early exhibition. Alice’s work is featured in the book A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion, Bloomsbury, 2014 alongside leading international designers in the area of fashion and sustainability.
Alice completed her doctoral project 'Design, Sustainability, and Australian Mass-Market Fashion' in 2013. She has published research findings on the fashion design process, the Australian mass-market fashion industry, and the problem of design for sustainability within the fashion context.