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TDF Collect · 'Gondwanaland' by Cassie Byrnes

TDF Collect

It’s that time again, today we’re excited to announce our next TDF Collect art exhibition, opening in two weeks time in our Collingwood gallery!

This month we are thrilled to be hosting ‘Gondwanaland’, the first exhibition of original paintings by Melbourne textile designer Cassie Byrnes!

The show opens on Saturday September 24th, with drinks from 2.00pm that day – we hope you’ll join us!

12th September, 2016

Melbourne artist and textile designer Cassie Byrnes, whose exhibition ‘Gondwanaland’ opens at TDF Collect on September 24th! We’re accepting pre-sales for this exhibition from today – enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Details from the Fitzroy studio of Cassie Byrnes. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

‘Sugarbush’ and ‘Macro Leaves 3’ by Cassie Byrnes, both acrylic on linen, 60 x 60cm, framed in Tasmanian Oak. Pre-sales for this exhibition are open from today – enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Details from the Fitzroy studio of Cassie Byrnes. Pictured to left above desk – ‘Dancing Leaves 3’, acrylic on linen, 60 x 60cm. Pre-sales for this exhibition are open from today – enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Cass at work! Pre-sales for ‘Gondwanaland’ by Cassie Byrnes opens today – enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

‘Mesozoic Garden’, Acrylic on linen, 90 x 90cm, framed in Tasmanian Oak. Pre-sales for this exhibition are open from today – enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

‘Dancing Leaves 4’, acrylic on linen, 60 x 60cm hanging on Cassie’s studio wall. Enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Studio details. Pictures, left – ‘Sugarbush’, acrylic on linen, 60 x 60cm and right – ‘Dancing Leaves 2’, 90 x 90cm. Enquiries email lisa@thedesignfiles.net. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 12th September 2016

Cassie Byrnes is a woman of many talents. Since graduating from RMIT textile design in 2014, her distinctive prints and patterns have gathered an incredible following. She’s worked on collaborations with businesses as far afield as the USA and Europe. Closer to home, she’s been commissioned to create a range of textiles for labels including Kuwaii, Verner, and Country Road. There’s no doubt about it, Cassie’s star is well and truly on the rise.

Naturally, then, we’ve jumped on the bandwagon (!) and invited Cassie to create her very first exhibition of original paintings. We’re PROUD AS PUNCH to be showing her work at TDF Collect later this month!

Whilst this exhibition marks a new direction for Cassie, she is certainly no stranger to a paintbrush. Most of her textile designs start as gouache paintings on paper. These loose, painterly experiments allow Cassie a kind of uninhibited creative freedom that is essential to her practice. From these paintings, colour palettes and motifs begin to emerge.

‘When designing a new collection of patterns, I spent months creating mini artworks on paper with gouache’ Cassie says. ‘I naturally took a similar experimental approach with this exhibition’.

Gondwanaland brings together a series of paintings on linen inspired by Pangea, a supercontinent that existed 200 million years ago.

This body of work extends Cassie’s ongoing fascination with the prehistoric landscape. The paintings in this show reference rock formations, vegetation and flora thought to have covered the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana millions of years ago. In particular, the prehistoric protea, a species which has lineage dating back to this era, is a recurring theme.

The works in Cassie’s upcoming show are now pictured on the TDF Collect website!  We are accepting pre-sales via email – enquiries please email lisa@thedesignfiles.net – thankyou!

Gondwanaland by Cassie Byrnes
Open from 24th to 29th September 2016
TDF Collect
14 Little Oxford St
Collingwood, VIC

Opening Saturday 24 September, 10.00am – 5.00pm with opening drinks from 2.00pm onwards!

This exhibition is generously sponsored by DuluxCervezas AlhambraCapi, and The Drinks List!

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