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Rachel Park’s Temporary home.

Object’s current exhibition, New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving, is rapidly drawing to an end and, sadly, this will see the disposal of Rachel Park’s temporary site-specific installation, home. This gives extra incentive to race down to the Object Gallery to experience the work before its destruction 5pm Saturday 29th March!

I recently sat down with Rachel to discuss her work for New Weave and her art making in general.

After receiving her honours from SCA, Rachel has practiced as an emerging, Sydney based contemporary artist for almost five years. Inspired by minimal art and contemporary architecture, Rachel has developed and experimented with site-specific installations primarily made out of the unusual yet everyday medium of commercial toilet paper. Rachel’s interest in this everyday, discarded material is seemingly never-ending as she endeavors to fully explore its artistic potential in varied and exciting ways.

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Listen: Jonathon Jones & Lorraine Connelly-Northey In Conversation

On Thursday 6 March, 2014, Object Gallery played host to a conversation between independent curator Jonathon Jones and New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey. Speaking in front of a full and engaged audience, squeezed in amongst the stunning works on show, the two chatted for well over an hour, talking about Connelly-Northey’s background, how she likes to works, and what her process is.

In an often-hilarious conversation, Connelly-Northey took us into many different corners of her life, her past, and her inspiration. Crackly though the audio may be in part, rarely has an artist talk met with such hilarity.

Stream the audio live below, or download to take with you on your next walk or plane trip. And don’t forget to check out New Weave at Object Gallery before it closes on 29 March, 2014.

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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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