Love is – Australian wedding fashion @ Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Until 22 April 2018

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney does a fabulous job of focusing on design. This exhibition gives a charming insight into the changes in design and thinking about the clothing worn as people go through wedding ceremonies in Australia over the last couple of centuries.

One entry walks you through the early European examples of wedding dresses. They are generally full length and pale in colour but there are strong colours present. The fascinating overlay is the indigenous music playing in the background.

The rest of the exhibition walks you through lots of sumptuously created clothing which culminates in a display of examples of wedding clothes inspired by several cultures represented within the Australian community. I loved one that was made in the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Pics below give a partial insight into the riches on display.

On the streets where you live – Stephanie Jones @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Space – City

1 June – 1 July 2017

Stephanie Jones has a gorgeous exhibition on at the city gallery of the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space. Her works are inspired by decorative suburban wrought iron and streets. Most of the images are reproductions of simple iron patterns with the patterns backgounded with pastel colours. There is another image that I love in which she has worked a set of suburban streets with the same colouration of the wrought iron sets.

Below are a set of images and some gallery materials.

Beauties and Beasts @ Belconnen Arts Centre

6-28 May 2017

This is the 22nd annual exhibition of the University of Canberra design Faculty of Arts and Design. The researchers are addressing the theme of Beauties and Beasts. Beauties and Beasts harnesses the power of creative practice to represent what is beautiful and/or beastly about our relationship with the natural world: the exhibition will explore these ideas in a range of arts and written media. 



Reclaim @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

The gang at CraftACT curate awesome exhibitions. The current one is a spectacular display of creativity around reusing of materials for great artworks. I love it and I love the fact that the gallery sheet is full of explanation of the artworks and what was used in making the objects.

Gallery web page and pics below

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The Uniform Project @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

One of the current exhibitions at the galleries of CraftACT in Civic is called The Uniform Project. It consists largely of a small set of beautiful blazer type coats designed with geometric layouts and strong colours. Each of them are beautiful and would be a great improvement on most uniforms you see today.

Gallery page

Sample pics

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Hand and Heart Shall Never Part The Fashion Collaboration of Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid @ Wollongong Art Gallery

24 Sept – 12 Feb 2016

Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid were creators of fabulous fabrics and clothing for two decades. There is a beautifully mounted exhibition of their designs in the Wollongong Art Gallery. The website blurb reads

Between 1975 and 1994 two friends – artist, designer and gay activist David McDiarmid and acclaimed fashion designer Linda Jackson – collaborated on Linda Jackson’s designs for Jenny Kee’s Flamingo Park boutique, in Sydney, and later Linda’s ‘Bush Couture’ label. Curated by cultural historian Dr Sally Gray, the exhibition will trace the ideas and working methods that inspired this fashion collaboration.

The fabrics are delicate the shapes are fluid and the colours are vibrant. The exhibition is mounted behind glass and all the way through it I wanted to reach out and touch the fabrics. I have included several pictures below to show the beauty of what they created.

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Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs @ State Library of NSW

3 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

This is an exhibition of otherness for me. Gardening is not my thing. However I have always had a sense of awe at well designed outdoor spaces. As a parallel to the historical exhibition next door the State Library of NSW has an exhibition of contemporary, beautifully designed and executed gardens.

Some of these gardens are small geometric and highly structured. Others are more rambling and follow more free form look. As I looked through the large format photographs and back lit screens I concluded that none of these gardens were low maintenance.

The gardens have a beauty in the way they combine landscape, buildings and plants of various kinds shapes sizes colours. While not into this I love the creativity and devotion people put into this type of activity.

Pics and web page below

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