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Wallpaper & Accounts

Elizabeth Lloyd is Object’s Accounts Officer, working part time as she completes her studies in Visual Arts & Design at ACU.

At the moment I work the equivalent of 3 days here at the Object offices working as the Accounts Officer, but my remaining time is spent studying visual arts and design at uni. I have just started my final year and the thought of doing self-directed work was quite daunting at the beginning, but so far it’s been smooth sailing (I’m sure that will change closer to the deadline!)

After debating what to major in for the last 6 months, I decided to follow my passion and go with print — I love all things that embody print, whether it’s textile design, wallpaper, handmade or machine made, I love it all, especially anything kitsch or a garishly wacky bold design!

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Object magazine 62 — Cinnamon Lee

Cinnamon Lee began her metalsmithing journey at a TAFE course in Sydney, falling in love with the workshop and the process of manipulating metals into jewellery. However, a lighting project rounded out that course, and set her off on another path, one that took her to Canberra for her undergraduate degree in order that she could begin to work with larger objects.

Through her entire undergraduate degree in silver- and gold-smithing, Lee created only lights. But she is not interested in pursuing a career in mass-produced lamps for general consumption — she is attracted to what she terms ‘preciousness.’ Indeed, this is where she draws the connection between her lighting practice and her jewellery (which she has returned to since her undergraduate studies.) Lee says ‘I’m interested in using the same kind of philosophies that underpin making previous objects for the body, but not making them for the body.’

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Position Vacant: Project Manager — Exhibitions & Programs

Object: Australian Centre for Design is currently looking for a Project Manager — Exhibitions & Programs. This new opportunity exists for a dynamic and experienced professional to work at Object, one of Australia’s most innovative arts organisations.

The purpose of the position is to: Coordinate and support the delivery and presentation of Object exhibitions in Sydney venues; manage and support the delivery and presentation of Object’s national touring program in venues across the country,and; manage and oversee the Object Gallery venue.

Download the full advertisement and role description by clicking here. Applications close 5pm 18 May 2012.

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Touring In The WA Sun

Well, for those of you who are intrigued with my touring exhibitions weather woes as I travel the country installing Object’s great touring exhibitions, you will be happy to know that I am in Bunbury, Western Australia, installing the Jeff Mincham: Ceramics exhibition at Bunbury Regional Gallery. The weather is very warm, sunny and fine — no rain or flood here!

The staff at the gallery are so excited about this exhibition as they haven’t had a ceramic exhibition of this calibre for a very long time. We are just about finished with the install and just waiting for the lighting to be finessed before the exhibition opens to the public here.

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Object magazine 62 — Wear It Well

Wear It Well is an essay by Marie O’Mahony on the value of fit within the sustainable fashion conversation. It is the first essay in a planned series within Object magazine, providing a more in-depth look into a topic authored by some of the leading thinkers of today.

How do we decide if a garment is sustainable or not? Natural or synthetic materials are one starting point. But we must also look at whether more than one type of material is used, whether the garment has lots of zips, buttons and how difficult these may make it to recycle.

Laundry use is another factor. A garment may be produced in a very environmentally friendly way but its laundry and care requirements may make it less sustainable over its lifespan.

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Object magazine 62 — Design Emergency

Design Emergency is an outreach primary school education initiative developed by Object: Australian Centre for Design over the last eighteen months. Throughout the second half of 2011, four prototypes were trialed in different schools — one inner-city, one inner-suburban, one outer-suburban and one regional.

The program aims to instill design thinking principles into 8–11 year old students, with the hope that these creative problem solving processes can be applied broadly across the entire curriculum to build design capacity in these formative years. Combined with extensive teachers notes, the program offers an immersive and engaging learning system for primary school students.

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Slashies & Inspiration

Zoe Bowden is Object’s Administration Assistant, and also runs her own business Pouch Handmade, which makes one-off handmade collages from recycled and repurposed fabrics and paper.

We all need a little bit of inspiration from time to time. Inspiration often comes in many forms, for some all it takes is a really strong coffee and a chat with a friend. For others it comes in more traditional forms such as an interesting new book or a recent trip to far-off lands. Me, I seem to find inspiration from other people, specifically from watching or reading about other creative people and how their creative minds work. I suppose it’s a little like being a creative sticky beak! As a designer/crafter/business owner myself, just seeing other creative people fulfilling their creative dreams and talking about something with passion instantly makes me want to dig out my pencil and paper! It’s contagious.

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Object magazine 62 — Collider

Collider is a multi-disciplinary agency and studio founded in 2002 by designer Andrew van der Westhuyzen, director Daniel Askill, and business manager and managing director Sam Zalaiskalns.

van der Westhuyzen and Askill met while studying design at university, but Askill has since transitioned into moving image, making Collider a hybrid design studio and production house. While graphic design has always been an important part of their practice, their work in moving image made the most noise early on, in part thanks to their award-winning 2004 short film We Have Decided Not To Die, directed by Askill.

However, in recent years Collider have begun to engage with longer-term arts industry projects, in addition to their agency-driven client work. After a successful project in 2003, Collider have been working with the Sydney Dance Company consistently since 2009, with most campaigns being a collaboration between the studio and Tim Richardson.

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CUSP Update: Pit Stop

Goodness. Was it really 27 October 2011 the last time I blogged? Wow. Time flies when you’re neck-deep in an exciting, rewarding (and all-consuming) project!

To say that a lot has happened since my last post would be stating the bleeding obvious. We’ve tweaked the exhibition title, searched high and low for some of the most interesting thinkers in the country, created a shortlist, a shorter list, and then an even shorter-almost-final list of exhibitors, asked ourselves lots of questions that we don’t yet know the answer to, welcomed two new Design Partners and an Industry Partner to the project (more on that soon), kicked off work on the project’s identity and website, brought the whole Object team into the worker-bee fold and begun conversations with our national venue partners about how we can make this project truly national in scope.

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Object Magazine 62 — Serpent And The Swan

Serpent and The Swan is an up-and-coming Sydney-based fashion label begun by sisters Hayley and Lauri Smith in late 2009. Despite being only two years apart, this is their first collaboration together, with Hayley taking a more traditional route into fashion design than her sister, who came from a special effects and prosthetics background.

A family dinner conversation spurred the two to explore the possibilities a joint venture could hold. Hayley wondered aloud about making a cardigan with eyeballs for buttons, to which Lauri replied ‘Oh, I can do that,’ and Serpent and The Swan was born.

Originally hailing from Melbourne and obsessed with films such as Labyrinth and Dark Crystal growing up, the darker influence is definitely referenced in their work. The collection launched late-2011 was inspired by the Victorian-era mode of mourning, and the clothing, rituals and movements around it.

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