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TDF Collect Presents: 'After The Storm, When The Flowers Bloom' By Lauren Cassar

TDF Collect

ANNOUNCING our next TDF Collect art exhibition, opening in two weeks time in our Collingwood gallery!

We’re thrilled to host ‘After The Storm, When The Flowers Bloom’, the first ever solo show for Melbourne artist Lauren Cassar. Lauren is an art therapist and textile designer, known for her much-loved local label, Mirador!

The show opens on Sunday March 18th, with drinks from 2.00pm that day. We’re also hosting a special Watercolour Workshop with Lauren on Friday March 16th, two days before the show opens. Proceeds from the workshop are all heading to SEED, Lauren’s chosen charity.

5th March, 2018

TDF Collect artist Lauren Cassar. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘Dry leaves are a pretty colour too’, 76cm x 58cm, watercolour and pencil on archival co on paper, framed in walnut timber and glass. Available now via email. View the full exhibition here. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Studio details. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Lauren works on a piece for her forthcoming TDF Collect exhibition, opening Sunday, March 18th. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘After The Storm, When The Flowers Bloom’ is the artist’s first solo exhibition and is inspired by her travels, from the red centre to Tasmania’s Tarkine. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘Day rise with hidden gems’ and ‘Yellow blossom floating’. Both 58cm x 76cm, watercolour on archival cotton paper, framed in walnut timber and glass. Available now via email. View the full exhibition here. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Lauren is an art therapist and textile designer, known for her much-loved label Mirador. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘Soup spoon, moon close’, 76cm x 58cm, watercolour on archival cotton paper, framed in walnut timber and glass. Available now via email. View the full exhibition here. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 5th March 2018

‘The limitlessness of this country is a primary influence. The works help me explore preservation by way of slow observation.’ – Lauren Cassar.

We have long admired the work of local textile designer Lauren Cassar, who creates exquisite, painterly textiles for her much loved local label, Mirador.

‘After The Storm, When The Flowers Bloom’ is Lauren’s first solo exhibition, and brings together 14 original works on paper, inspired by the artist’s travels across Australia, from the red centre to Tasmania’s Tarkine.

Like many textile designers, Lauren’s designs invariably start as paintings, sketches and drawings, so, whilst she hasn’t exhibited in a formal way before, creating a body of work for exhibition was a natural progression for Lauren, and a welcome new challenge!

‘I often paint small, and for fabric only, which moves and folds and hides and surprises certain parts of my paintings’ Lauren says. ‘Painting for the exhibition, where the artwork is fixed, unchanging and on display permanently, was very intimidating at first, but as I painted I became proud of the process and the outcomes, and fell deeply in love with each piece.’

The works in this show attempt to capture a feeling of presence, of sitting and simply being in the landscape. The artist’s delicate use of watercolour on velvety paper speaks to the unique feeling of the land after a storm, conveying lush gullies, wet dirt, and the softness of the landscape.

In addition to the exhibition, Lauren is excited to host a special Watercolour Workshop and Exhibition Preview within the gallery space, on Friday March 16th, from 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Here, Lauren will be demonstrating her use of watercolour, before guiding participants to create their own watercolour paintings, focussing on a floral still life arrangement. No painting experience necessary!

All workshop participants will receive a Mirador tote bag, and painting materials to take home. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales ($80 each) will support SEED: Australia’s first Indigenous youth­ led climate network.

 

TDF Collect · ‘After The Storm, When The Flowers Bloom’ by Lauren Cassar.
March 18th – 22nd
14 Little Oxford Street
Collingwood, VIC

Watercolour Workshop + Exhibition Preview:
Friday March 16th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm (tickets $80, includes all painting materials + Mirador tote bag)

Sunday March 18th, 10:00am – 5:00pm, with opening drinks from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday March 19th, CLOSED
Tuesday March 20th, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday March 21st, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday March 22nd, 10:00 – 4:00pm

All the works in this show are now pictured on the TDF Collect website, and are available to purchase via email from today – enquiries, email elle@thedesignfiles.net.

This exhibition is generously supported by DuluxDan Murphy’s, and Capi.

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First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net