This month, North Melbourne store, workshop space and handmade mecca Guild of Objects hosts a unique collaborative project. What began as an initial brainstorm between Chela Edmunds and Abbey Rich to create screen-printed ceramic pitchers, has evolved into a netball court of collaborator match ups. ‘We thought this concept had a lot of potential, and that it would be interesting to get more people involved, particularly artists working in different mediums,’ reflects Miri Hirschfeld, the curator and coordinator of events at Guild of Objects. ‘The idea evolved, and we didn’t anticipate how enthusiastic everyone would be, or the diverse ways that people would approach the collaborative exercise!’
Bianca Mavrick and Louise Meuwissen have teamed up for a show-stopping jacket, made from mostly recycled materials such as resin, shell, glass, bone, polyester, nylon, cotton. ‘A wearable sculpture, it’s completely wild, full of so many materials, textures and colours, and so intricate,’ says Miri. ‘I am in awe of the amount of time and effort that has gone into this one single piece.’
Elizabeth Barnett and Katia Carletti have created a series of pieces that ‘bounce off and reference one another’; their hygge installation feels like peeping in on an elegant afternoon tea party.
Meanwhile, Ashley Ronning and Rosaleen Ryan have approached their ‘In Common’ collaboration in a playful way – creating quirky resin objects (including a terrarium complete with LED lights and carnivorous plants) for the desk of a space station employee!
A nod to the balancing act that is co-creating, Tessy King and Samantha O’Farrell have crafted gestural and painterly, bright ceramic pieces that physically interact to create striking forms.
Similarly, Kirsten Perry and Merryn Lloyd have come up with an arrangement of small scale shapes in an array of waxy and rough textures, reflecting their raw materials.
Rounding out the show is Cheralyn Lim and Georgina Glanville’s series of paintings and collages on ply, featuring beautiful though subtle layering.
Don’t miss this a chance to see such a diverse range of local talents come together. ‘Most of these artist pairings will not happen again,’ points out Miri. ‘There’s so much colour in this show, so many different forms, materials and ideas; the result is a room full of wonderful, punchy, quirky and highly skilled work!’
‘In Common‘ at Guild of Objects
August 3rd to 12th
690 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.
For more info visit the Guild of Objects website, here.