Creative Arts and Humanities artist's forum 


Marlene Kranz presents Shoes on Tuesday 2 September from 12pm to 1pm.

Born in Germany, Marlene Kranz trained as a fashion/set/costume designer in Europe, and worked for Vivienne Westwood before establishing own fashion label, Kranz, in 1995.

She has free-lanced for various state theatres in Germany, and developed the European Union-funded House of Design, based in Bremen, Germany.

Many intense and demanding months of creating new fashion ranges and presenting them within choreographed theatrical events were balanced by several month-long trips to Australia riding her motorbike through the outback, and thus getting hooked forever on the idea of space, which, Marlene explains, “is not a German concept!”

In 1999, she left Europe for Australia and added “shoemaking” to her list of skills.

Marlene established Subtle as the umbrella for her design work: handmade shoes, one-off garments, and screen printed one-off textile runs (sold exclusively at The Dancing Queen, Melbourne).

In 2004, she held her first shoe workshop introducing interested students to the art of making shoes Australia-wide and partly in collaboration with Janet de Boer (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts).

Marlene relocated from Melbourne to Darwin in 2007 and is a lecturer and course coordinator in fashion with CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities.

Visit Marlene Kranz’s website at

This forum takes place in the lecture theatre, Blue 1.1.01, Casuarina campus.