Transformation – Members Exhibition 2021 at CraftACT

Upholstered storage box with printed fabric at Craft ACT

One of the truly great annual exhibitions in Canberra is the Members Exhibition at Craft ACT. The members submit a piece or two to the exhibition and auction. CraftACT is a local collective of creatives who all seem to aspire to leadership in their various craft disciplines. Some craft skills I do not understand and some I like little but in this show you never see anything that is not worthy of exhibition.

Glass, furniture, fabrics, pottery, sculpture, metal, jewellery and other craft styles abound and demonstrate the creative potential of each approach.Most objects seem to be available for purchase If you have not seen this display it is only on till Tuesday December 14 2021 – It is well worth the visit.

CraftACT website: https://craftact.org.au/

Sense of place at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre

The Display titled Sense of Place at Casula Powerhouse

The picture above is a special place for me. I see lots of art and I am especially thankful for those who foster opportunities for school students to create art and have it displayed for the public. Right now there is an exhibition in this upstairs corridor space. The work which is unashamedly inspired by Ken Done has been curated from the creatives attending Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School and Unity Grammar High School.

As you would expect from student inspired by the work of Done it is all awash with bright colours and the students have done their creations on bags, hats, tshirts and paper on the walls. The exhuberant nature of their work is something that lifts your spirit as you walk by.

The website for Casula is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/ Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School, Unity Grammar High School, Ken Done, Casula Powerhouse,

Step into the Limelight at M16 Artspace Griffith

Student creative clothing in Walking in the Limelight

An exhibition I love in Canberra each year is the one that features curated art from Government primary and secondary school students in Canberra. The exhibition this year is a great display of work in a large range of media and styles. There is pottery and photography, there is collage and painting, There are more than three hundred works displayed in all three of the M16 exhibition spaces

This is the last weekend for this exhibition. The website is at https://www.m16artspace.com.au/

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion at National Museum of Australia

Legacy Dress (creators listed with photo on website)

Awesome!!! I saw this in Bendigo last year. I re-looked at my photos when I saw this was closing soon in Canberra. Chills ran through me looking through image after image. This exhibition features clothing that I found it hard to take my eyes off. Colour, texture and construction combine to form objects of visual excitement. Part of the blurb on the website reads:

‘Piinpi’ is an expression that Kanichi Thampanyu (First Nations people from the East Cape York Peninsula) use to describe changes in the landscape across time and space. For many First Nations people across Australia, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important. While the number of seasons can vary across many First Nations groups, the exhibition is themed around four widely recognised seasons.

I used one of the images from the website because none of my pictures came close to doing justice to these objects. The beauty of this dress brought me to tears of joy through its combination of so many layers of invention and creativity.

I am going back to the exhibition again this week as it closes on Sunday August 8

Webpage: https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion

Step into the limelight @ ANU School of Art Gallery

July – Aug 2017

An annual exhibition of art created by students in schools in Canberra.is held under the title Ïnto the Limelight. It was exhibited at the ANU School of Arts Gallery. Each year there is a huge range of skills and creativity in this exhibition. The curators take in a big range of ages and the exhibition includes pottery, painting, photography and fashion. There are some samples below to illustrate the range.

Wiwa Babbarra @ ANU School of Art

Mid year in the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery there was an exhibition of creative large scale printed fabrics from the Wiwa Babbarra women’s collective from Arnham land. I only took one snap but the text material below is clear in its explanation of the work of this creative group.

Sally Blake – The colour of Eucalyptus @ Australian National Botanical Gardens

Sally Blake researched and found 100 types of Eucalypts in the National Botanical Gardens and then created dyes from the leaves which she has put into fabrics which were on display at the Visitors Gallery.

Most of our fabrics today are coloured with synthetics. It was great to see small amounts of fabric dyed with natural colours. The range was remarkable.

Attached are pictures and the gallery materials.

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.

https://maas.museum/event/love-is-australian-wedding-fashion/

Student Fashion @ Powerhouse Museum

Until October 8 2017

This exhibition is one of those delightful small displays of recent creative fashion product from student fashion designers. The items on display include great use of shape, fabric, colour and layout. The details of the creatives and some comment are on the web page below and I have included some pics.

https://maas.museum/event/student-fashion-2017/