A Brisbane artist who has just won an international award for her costume design talks about using fallopian tubes as inspiration for one of her works.

From pasta tubes to fallopian tubes; Brisbane artist Svenja draws her creative inspiration from some unusual places.

The designer is the first to admit basing a piece of wearable art on a female reproductive organ “is kind of urky”.

“When you say fallopian tubes you just kind of go ‘eww gross’,” she told AAP on Tuesday.

“But because the inspiration came from a molecular close-up picture it’s right down at that level … when you look at the piece you wouldn’t know.

“It’s really quite lovely.”

The fallopian tube dress – a frothy spiral of screen printed silk organza – may not directly resemble the overall anatomical form, but it is designed to represent its function.

“The little cilia (hair-like structures) at the end of the tube actually create a vortex of movement as they sweep the egg up – ewwww – and I wanted to have that sense of movement in the piece so the way I’ve used the lines and fabric creates a spiral around it,” Svenja said.

The piece, called Fimbria Figura, won an award at the World of Wearable Art show in Wellington in 2011.

Svenja this year took out another international gong at the same awards with an extravagant moulded leather and feather phoenix costume.

Svenja has been creating these pieces for about 10 years but her intricate art had humble beginnings.

“I grew up with the seventies `crap craft’ as I like to call it,” she said.

“You know as a kid making things out of nuts and rice and lentils … really bad macaroni cards, things like that.

Svenja said the resurgence in handmade items was refreshing.

“It’s good to see people spending the time to make something, because for me there’s a huge amount of satisfaction in coming up with an idea and then being able to fulfil that image in my head.”

Svenja’s creations will be on display at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair this week at the Convention Centre.