Helen Earl explores the interface between form and function, nature and object. By incorporating found objects into her work, she provokes thought and reflection about how we interact with both the natural and object-laden world.
Much of her exploration of ideas for work comes from walking and gathering found objects, usually nature’s flotsam, in her environment.
Concepts for new work begin with the experiential, the moving about and exploring of a natural space. This experience is then expanded or framed by narratives of culture, history, science and the environment.
Image Credit: Helen Earl, Ceramic Cups, 2020. Photo: Courtesy...
Sophia Emmett completed a traineeship at the JamFactory, Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide and studied Visual Arts at Monash University, majoring in hot glass, before forming Workshop 85 in Newcastle NSW in 2012.
Sophia enjoys the challenge of designing and making pieces that are intimate, wearable constructions, where each piece is a small sculptural form.
Her works have evolved from her innovative approach to materials, combined with a fascination of the relationship between texture and form.
Image: Sophia Emmett, Mesh Jewellery, 2019. Photo: Edwina Richards.
Using tools of domesticity, textile artist Niki McDonald [aka Tapestry Girl] depicts urban life through her modern needlepoint tapestries. The colours and shapes of the city streets inspire and empower the urban women she expresses in wool, as she imbues them all with a sense of sass and individuality.
Niki is interested in the contrast of urban life balanced with the pace of needlepoint tapestry. “I’m inspired by the ephemeral and drawn to the mechanical nature of my textile arts practice. Within the repetition and toiling is a space that allows me to connect with my intuition and inspires me...
Contemporary jeweller Melinda Young takes delight in colour and texture which she uses in combination with other found objects, precious metals and stones. Her work tends to be made from either brightly coloured reclaimed plastics or natural materials collected on the streets and in the parks of her neighbourhood on the south coast of NSW.
Melinda is fascinated by the potential for unexpected narrative, finding inspiration in architecture, the landscape, and her everyday surroundings. Exploring her culturally rich environment is a constant creative stimulus for a maker who is attracted to the tiny details – the patina and...
Rina Bernabei has been working in ceramics for the past two years and has brought her industrial design experience to this new materials palette, working in both 3D printed ceramics and hand thrown, hand built pieces.
Rina has worked in design studios in Sydney and Milan. In 2002 she co-founded BernabeiFreeman. Rina has also worked as Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales for 25 years. Her award-winning work has been featured in many exhibitions both locally and internationally, most notably at the Milan Furniture Fair and the Milan Triennale.
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