Make.Play Workshop—Floral Crowns
Wednesday May 01 2013
Sadly it was the final week of MAKE.PLAY workshops for this season at Object Gallery last week. But what a way to finish off!
The uber talented floral & botanical stylist Aleksandra came to teach a group of very enthusiastic girls on their school holidays how to make floral crowns from fresh blooms.
Aleks arrived, straight from the Sydney Flower Markets loaded with seasonal fresh flowers to be used in the workshop. We all looked like walking floral arrangements, tramping down Bourke Street with our arms piled high with bright colours and foliage.
Aleks is known for her incredible floral creations, which are normally seen at weddings and swanky events in and around Sydney, but for this workshop it was all about a bit of adornment for your head. Flowers were carefully threaded onto string, one after the other to create a garland of flowers. Aleks expertly guided the girls on colour choices and types of flowers so that everyone left with a stunning creation.
Make.Play underway at Object Gallery
Wednesday March 13 2013
The MAKE.PLAY workshops are off to a great start already! Super stylist Stefanie Ingram kicked them off, teaching a workshop of green-fingered folks to make their own mini terrarium. The workshop, on Saturday 9th March, was held upstairs in the Object Gallery in the studio space, which has been transformed to a craft and design wonderland.
Under Stef’s expert guidance, a host of greenery and funky ornaments where arranged carefully and creatively in glass containers, creating little ‘indoor gardens’ for participants to take home. It was a fun group of students, from old to young, all getting dirty with soil & plants. One proud participant (the lovely little Charlotte) left us a cute message that made us smile….’I had a great time’ with a colourful rainbow drawn underneath. Charlotte may have been the youngest in the class but she was probably the most enthusiastic!
Make.Play Workshops—Coming up in March/April!
Tuesday February 19 2013
During March & April, inside a specially created studio space inside Object Gallery, Object will be hosting a number of great workshops for adults & kids, called Make.Play.
The workshops are part of the many ways that Object supports local & emerging designers & creatives as well as nurturing the local community. Each workshop aims to share skills and encourage us all to become a little more ‘hands on’.
Facilitated by some of Australia’s design elite, the workshops include: terrarium making; card creating; floral masterpieces; macramé goodies; junk jewellery, and many more. You can learn how to weave with plastic bags, create a Mexican God’s Eye, learn how to maintain your trusty bike or even weave a basket.
Sophie Hits The Ground Running
Tuesday April 03 2012
Last week I knocked on the white office door and got let in to the world that is Object — my new home as the Development Coordinator.
I could tell early on that it was going to be a dream of a place to work, as the other staff are lovely and friendly and were so welcoming — even buying me flowers to brighten up my desk! They pumped me full of facts about themselves and even more about Object; its history, the creative programs, digital endeavours and the vision for 2015.
It was a hectic week at times with me feeling a bit lost as I took it all in and tried to process it into a well ordered interconnected web in my brain, but I was lucky enough to have lots of support from the staff and even some external partners. So good to have touched base with them and be collaborating on a couple of projects already!
A non-exhaustive guide to eco-fashion
Tuesday February 28 2012
This series is by no means an exhaustive guide to sustainable fashion, but I hope that we have sparked or fuelled your interest – it has certainly kick-started my own. The following links will take you to books, blogs & organisations that I stumbled across, was educated by, or simply loved. I hope they will continue to inform and inspire you long after the exhibition ends.
EVERGREEN: fresh sustainable fashion is showing at Object Gallery until 24 March 2012 alongside Stories in Form. We’d love you to check it out, talk about it and bring your friends for a coffee and a wander!
EVERGREEN — Julia Knüpfer
Monday February 20 2012
Welcome to the final instalment of the interview series with designers featured in EVERGREEN: fresh sustainable fashion, in the Project Space at Object Gallery until 24 March, 2012. Read the interview with Holly McQuillan by clicking here and with Georgia McCorkill by clicking here. To find out more about the exhibition, head to our Exhibitions & Events page here, or to continue reading about sustainable fashion, keep reading Object Eye here.
“Working sustainably is the necessary direction for the future… In the design phase we define 90 percent of the environmental profile of a product.”
Julia Knüpfer is a Berlin-based fashion designer, a graduate of Esmod Berlin and winner of the Designer for Tomorrow award at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Her label icawatermelon combines sustainability with high fashion, using organic cotton and wool sourced from biologically controlled animal welfare.
EVERGREEN — Georgia McCorkill
Friday February 17 2012
Welcome to the second of three interviews with the designers featured in our Project Space exhibition EVERGREEN: fresh sustainable fashion. To catch up on the series and to find out more about sustainable fashion, click here, and for more information on the exhibition click here.
“I love observing the social interactions that occur around fashion… the enchantment that dresses hold is very powerful.”
Georgia McCorkill is a PhD candidate within the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. She designs special occasion dresses whose physical durability matches their fleeting requirements for use. The Red Carpet Project is a design driven collaboration between designers, celebrities, stylists and publicists, using the red carpet as a forum to raise awareness of environmental problems faced by the fashion industry. McCorkill uses natural eucalyptus plant dyes and up-cycled fabric remnants to achieve stunning environmentally conscious gowns.
EVERGREEN — Holly McQuillan
Monday February 13 2012
Welcome to the first of three interviews conducted with the designers featured in our current Project Space exhibition EVERGREEN: fresh sustainable fashion. For the first entry, we talk to New Zealand designer Holly McQuillan.
“There are so many preconceptions about sustainable fashion… probably the biggest preconception is that there is one ‘right’ way to do it.”
Holly McQuillan is a lecturer in Fashion Design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington. Her research focuses on sustainable design practice by exploring the possibilities of zero-waste pattern cutting - a philosophy which challenges existing techniques and eliminates wastage. Her considered design approach results in garments that are timeless and adaptable, sustaining value over many years.
My Room Sheet Grows Me Tea?
Friday February 03 2012
SEE the exhibition.
PLANT your room sheet.
WATCH it flower.
DRINK the Chamomile tea it produces.
WIN a Peppermint Magazine subscription.
A major focus of sustainable fashion and a significant theme in EVERGREEN is the concept of life-cycle; where an object begins, where it will end up, and whether it will continue to serve a purpose or retain value.
In producing an exhibition about eco-fashion, it was vital to consider sustainability in all aspects of the production, communication and display. From recycled paper wall panels to natural branch displays sculpted by our neighbouring florist and carried by foot to the gallery, we have enjoyed making eco conscious selections.
An introduction to EVERGREEN
Monday January 23 2012
[and my introduction to the world of sustainable fashion]
I am thrilled to be co-producing an exhibition that combines two of my greatest passions: Sustainability and Fashion.
The collections of the chosen designers are equally beautiful and sustainable - they do not have a particular ‘eco’ aesthetic and are desirable well beyond their environmental and ethical responsibility. Just as an evergreen remains fresh, enduring and vital, Julia Knüpfer, Georgia McCorkill and Holly McQuillan design garments to retain significance and value.
I began my own research by asking, What exactly is sustainable fashion? ...How do these values influence the choices of the designer and the wearer?