Hanna Smith is an emerging designer trained in fashion and textiles design at the University of Technology, Sydney. Having sewn at home from a very young age, Hanna was naturally drawn to making costumes in local theatre productions before deciding to refine her skills and aesthetic at university. She continued to work in theatre during her studies, including assistant costume designer roles with such companies as Sport for Jove. Graduating with First Class Honours, her graduate collection was featured in GQ and Fashion Journal.
In her practice, she explores materiality and wearable sculpture in an integrated process of tailoring, drape and textile manipulation. Contemporary lacemaking is central to her experimental textiles and sculpture, playing with positive and negative space, layering, depth and shadow. Her work Tangible Duality was awarded Wearable Technology Runner Up at the 2018 World of WearableArt awards and is currently exhibited at the National WOW Museum of New Zealand.