Lauren Elise Cassar and Victoria Zschommler met earlier this year and instantly sparked a friendship. Victoria, a still life, beauty and fashion photographer, had been living in London for a few years and just returned home, whilst Lauren, a textile designer and artist, was looking to collaborate with someone. Besides their blossoming friendship, creatively they were in the right place at the right time.
Around this time last year Lauren launched her textiles and accessories label Mirador. She makes organic cotton sarongs featuring beautiful handpainted prints and patterns, in colour palettes inspired by the Australian landscape. Her second series of art sarongs, At Land, launched earlier this month. This new range incorporates her classic sarongs, with the addition of delicate silk separates that can be worn individually or paired together.
Later this week Lauren and Victoria will come together to launch a ‘part pop-up, part exhibition’ in Melbourne (with a second incarnation planned for Sydney in December). Together they have created accessories and photographic works inspired by their mutual love of nature. ‘The idea to join forces came quite naturally,’ says Victoria. ‘You would almost think the works were planned as one!’
Victoria is exhibiting a series of framed still-life photographs, entitled At Bloom. ‘The series of seasonal floral arrangements by Simone Gooch gives a subtle nod to Ikebana, the Japanese art of giving life to flowers,’ says Victoria. This series was captured in London earlier this year, and is the first of Victoria’s work available in framed print editions.
At Land, At Bloom.
A temporary exhibition and store.
277 High Street, Northcote VIC
Wednesday 5th October – Monday 10th October, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Opening Thursday 6th October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm