Mirayan’s project, The Bower, is inspired by the feeling of freshness that has come with the easing of covid restrictions and a return of social connection in Melbourne parks.
Featuring playful magnolia florals and foliage motifs it is an intersection of textural and digital work intended to decorate picnic supplies to enjoy in the spring sunshine.
Mirayan McElroy is a textile & homeware designer originally from Byron Bay, currently based in Melbourne. She graduated from RMIT in 2020, with a Bachelor of Textiles (Design). Throughout her degree, she completed internships with The Vallentine Project and Beci Orpin and gained work experience with both designers.
She produces playful and minimal illustrations and textile designs. Her work is practical, functional and predominantly digital. It is developed in small batches or made to order so as to always limit waste throughout the design process. Her designs features motifs from the local environment, often exploring seasonal flora and fauna or Australiana motifs.
Her own creative practice has seen her contribute works to group exhibitions, collaborative projects and design markets. In 2018 she developed a collaborative textile and ceramic homeware collection with local ceramicist Kelly Greenhalgh which they developed through the Craft Victoria Hatch program. This collection was promoted at a variety of Melbourne design markets including the Craft Hatch Markets, Heide Markets as well as South Korea Design fair. Upon graduation she began full time work focusing on homeware and print design.