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2009. Making Place: Wallpaper & Textiles – Exhibition

June 1, 2009

While I still have another month under my belt for this project, today celebrates an important milestone… This afternoon we installed the work at Artisan’s 24/7 Project Space and it has really come together well! Professional photos from Troy Hansen coming soon…

For a brief synopsis of the installation, I am reminded again of the premise for this project: Making Place.

Some time ago, I was concerned about the presentation of the final work. I wanted to avoid simply hanging all the textiles and wallpaper samples in the Project Space, simulating a product showroom and I talked about this in my post: Presentation – Communicating ‘Making Place’.

Troy and I discussed photographing the products for my website, and talked about shooting on location – setting the work within an architectural landscape.

Troy knew of a graffiti-rich storm water drain that has multiple spaces, which simulate ‘rooms’. Of course, the location changed after the recent flooding and we moved to Plan B (see previous post), to shoot in an abandoned, heritage-listed Queenslander. I feel this has created a richer outcome, in harmony with the project rationale, providing a stronger emphasis on ‘dwelling’.

I love the idea of setting the work here because it:

  • Positions the work in an architectural context
  • Sets the work in the contemporary urban landscape, taking the ‘inside outside and back inside again’
  • Creates a conversation between different materials, colours, visuals, allowing a deeper, richer reading of the work
  • Touches on the idea of the contemporary nomad though a ‘non-space’ or temporary ‘dwelling space’
  • Contrasts street-life with high-end product, stimulating discussions on social classes
  • and more…

I am really excited to present this work in the public sphere, both the window installation and the wallpaper and textile ranges.

Many thanks to all who helped get this project to where it is today. It wouldn’t have been possible without you:

If you are in Brisbane and free on Wednesday night, feel free to come along to Pecha Kucha at the Brisbane Powerhouse where I will be speaking about this project.

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