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Shar­ing a love of Aus­tralian natural won­ders with the RWB de­sign­ers, Academy Award-win­ning cos­tume de­signer and cre­ative all-rounder Cather­ine Martin is a key cham­pion of the duo’s work. AP & LS: “Cather­ine, you ref­er­ence Aus­traliana in sub­tle (and not so sub­tle) hints in your work. This is some­thing we have be­come known for as well. What keeps you com­ing back to Aus­tralian iconog­ra­phy? Do you have any thoughts on why many Aussies in the in­dus­try avoid em­brac­ing their her­itage?” CM: “I can’t speak to oth­ers peo­ple’s feel­ings or per­spec­tives about how they use their her­itage or in­flu­ences in their work but I cer­tainly feel that where I come from has had an ab­so­lutely in­deli­ble ef­fect on who I am as a per­son, how I view the world and how I cre­ate work. “I am half French and half Aus­tralian. My fa­ther is Aus­tralian and I was si­mul­ta­ne­ously brought up with my Aus­tralian grand­mother, who cel­e­brated Aus­tralia and all of the iconog­ra­phy of Aus­tralia. She ap­pre­ci­ated the flora, the fauna and also the out­back strug­gles that she had lived as a child and the hero­ism of our found­ing fa­thers liv­ing in such a harsh coun­try. “It was that clash­ing of Aus­tralian his­tory and tra­di­tion with the his­tory and dec­o­ra­tive tra­di­tions of French cul­ture, the old and new world clash­ing to­gether that cre­ated a very in­ter­est­ing cre­ative amal­gam for me. “I think that we live in an ex­tra­or­di­nary coun­try with the most awe­some and pe­cu­liar an­i­mals and wild flow­ers. Who would have known that Tas­ma­nia would be a place where some­one hik­ing in the wilder­ness would find the Wollemi pine, one of the world’s pre­his­toric trees. This un­usu­al­ness con­sis­tently con­tin­ues to ex­cite me.”

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