My Room Sheet Grows Me Tea?
Friday February 03 2012
SEE the exhibition.
PLANT your room sheet.
WATCH it flower.
DRINK the Chamomile tea it produces.
WIN a Peppermint Magazine subscription.
A major focus of sustainable fashion and a significant theme in EVERGREEN is the concept of life-cycle; where an object begins, where it will end up, and whether it will continue to serve a purpose or retain value.
In producing an exhibition about eco-fashion, it was vital to consider sustainability in all aspects of the production, communication and display. From recycled paper wall panels to natural branch displays sculpted by our neighbouring florist and carried by foot to the gallery, we have enjoyed making eco conscious selections.
CUSP Goes Rural For A Day
Thursday February 02 2012
It’s been a while between posts on CUSP: Design for the Next Decade (to read the rest, click here), but rest assured that it hasn’t been silent on our end. Holiday festivities, the packing up of a major touring exhibition and the opening of a couple of others ended up sucking a lot of the free time we had for keeping the information flowing.
Earlier this week, Danielle headed north through Sydney to find herself in a boat to the island that I’m lucky enough to live on. And so it was that the producers found themselves at an idyllic location on the first day above thirty degrees all summer — and we were inside, computers on, notebooks open, post-it notes all go.
The purpose of the day was to try and get our heads fully immersed in and then around the project as a whole, specifically in the lead up to the first physical instalment of the program in Sydney in March 2013.
Sustainable Fashion — it might be simpler than you think.
Tuesday January 31 2012
I consider myself to be an eco conscious person, not an eco “expert” - willing to adopt more sustainable habits, but often wondering where to begin.
When it comes to fashion, I confess I am reluctant to limit my enjoyment or to radically change my style. However I was excited to discover a number of talented eco-designers, as well as various ways to support sustainable fashion that do not require shopping at a certain store, or not shopping at all. From fabric choices to washing and care, there are many simple choices that make a substantial difference over the life cycle of a garment.
Embracing a new approach to fashion became more attainable when I realised that I was already making a number of sustainable choices as a matter of preference.
Stories In Form — Henry Wilson
Friday January 27 2012
Welcome to the final installment of our series profiling the designers featured in our exhibition Stories In Form, on at Object Gallery from 27 January — 24 March 2012. Click here to find out more information about the exhibition, and click here to catch up on the rest of the series, including an introduction from curator Jacqueline Power.
Henry Wilson is an award-winning designer with his roots entrenched in responsible and sustainable work. Most recently, Wilson won the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, taking the prize for his versatile A-Joint. For Stories In Form, Wilson has provided a twist on a classic design, as well as a new object housed in familiarity whilst creating something totally new.
Stories In Form — Elliat Rich
Thursday January 26 2012
Welcome to the fourth and penultimate installment in our series profiling the designers and their work featured in Stories In Form, on at Object Gallery from 27 January to 24 March 2012. For more information on the exhibition click here, and click here to catch up on the rest of the series, including an introduction from curator Jacqueline Power.
You may already be familiar with Elliat Rich, as she won an episode of ABC’s New Inventors back in 2008. She is an Alice Springs based designer and inventor (and part-time explorer) who graduated from the College of Fine Arts with Honours in 2006 and now runs a ‘conceptual design studio investigating the edges of sustainable design and client-orientated practice that takes on a rich variety of briefs; from logos to public art.’
Stories In Form — Ben McCarthy
Wednesday January 25 2012
Welcome to the third instalment of our profiles of designers and their stories for our new exhibition Stories In Form, on at Object Gallery from 27 January — 24 March 2012. Click here for more information on the exhibition, and click here to catch up on the rest of the series, including an introduction from curator Jacqueline Power.
Ben McCarthy has been practising as a designer around the world since graduating from UNSW in 2003, having worked for Tom Dixon in London and Michael Young in Hong Kong. McCarthy is still based in Hong Kong, drawing upon the dark nights and bright lights of various cities lived and travelled. Parallel to his design work, McCarthy is also the vocalist for Hong Kong-based band Poubelle International.
For Stories In Form, McCarthy has created Reuel, a bowl that deliberately responds to wear and tear over time. McCarthy cites the leather jacket and brass window latch pictured in the image gallery above as direct inspirations on Reuel.
Stories In Form — Cinnamon Lee
Tuesday January 24 2012
Welcome to the second designer profile for our new exhibition Stories In Form. In the lead up to the opening of the show we are looking at each designer featured and the story behind their work. To find out more about the exhibition, click here, and to catch up on all profiles (as well as an introduction from curator Jacqueline Power) click here.
Reading her biography, it is no surprise that metalsmith Cinnamon Lee cites her design philosophy as witnessed through her work as ‘knowledge is power’ — in 2010, she completed a Masters of Philosophy in Visual Art. Using this knowledge has led Lee to create her contribution to Stories In Form, a collection of lights that respond to the proximity of the user.
Lee often works at an intricate scale, combining traditional gold- and silver-smithing methods with modern manufacturing techniques such as rapid prototyping, favouring jewellery and lighting design.
Stories In Form — bernabeifreeman
Monday January 23 2012
Welcome to the first designer profile for our new exhibition Stories In Form. Over coming days, in the lead up to the opening of the show, we will look at each designer featured and the story behind their work. To find out more about the exhibition, click here, and to catch up on all profiles (as well as an introduction from curator Jacqueline Power) click here.
bernabeifreeman is a collaborative design practice, consisting of Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman, working together since 2000. Both industrial designers, the practice specialises in lighting design, exploring decoration and how this can be interpreted with unexpected materials and modern manufacturing techniques. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2009 they were announced as Indesign Luminaries. Plus, not content to simply practice design, the two are also academics at the University of New South Wales, helping to shape the designers of tomorrow.
An introduction to EVERGREEN
Monday January 23 2012
[and my introduction to the world of sustainable fashion]
I am thrilled to be co-producing an exhibition that combines two of my greatest passions: Sustainability and Fashion.
The collections of the chosen designers are equally beautiful and sustainable - they do not have a particular ‘eco’ aesthetic and are desirable well beyond their environmental and ethical responsibility. Just as an evergreen remains fresh, enduring and vital, Julia Knüpfer, Georgia McCorkill and Holly McQuillan design garments to retain significance and value.
I began my own research by asking, What exactly is sustainable fashion? ...How do these values influence the choices of the designer and the wearer?
Position Vacant: Development Coordinator
Friday January 20 2012
Object: Australian Centre for Design is looking for a Development Coordinator to join our close-knit team. The primary responsibility of this position will involve traversing different relationships with individuals and organisations including government, corporate partners, private donors, media and other key stakeholders, in addition to our day-to-day audiences and visitors.
Click here to download more information on the role, including information on obtaining the full job description and selection criteria. Applications addressing the selection criteria MUST be received by 5pm AEST on 10 February 2012.