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Object 150 October Maker - Niki McDonald

Object 150 October Maker - Niki McDonald

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...


Object 150 September Maker - Melinda Young

Object 150 September Maker - Melinda Young

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...


Object 150 August Maker - Rina Bernabei

Object 150 August Maker - Rina Bernabei

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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Maker Q & A - Tara Lofhelm

Maker Q & A - Tara Lofhelm

Working from her Melbourne studio, Tara explores textural repetition and contrast through primitive processes such as stamping and embellishment, with every strike of the hammer ensuring a unique outcome that illustrates the hand of their maker.

Maker Q & A - Katherine Mahoney

Maker Q & A - Katherine Mahoney

Katherine’s latest work has been inspired by the colours and textures in Sydney's landscape particularly the sandstone that abounds in the area.