Every day, we eat and we dress. We have become conscious of our food, it is time to become more conscious of our clothing.
I love the Slow Clothing project instigated by Jane Milburn at Textile Beat textilebeat.com . The project is a social enterprise inspiring a creative approach to the way we dress, through slow clothing. ‘We believe in ethical, sustainable choices that don’t harm people or the planet. We want to know the story about where clothing comes from and we believe in care and repair, refashion and restyle of existing clothing using old-fashioned home-sewing skills.’
Small Works art prize at #brunswickstreetgallery. My 3 entries – ‘They sought refuge’ – bottom left ‘and the seasons passed’, too right ‘Men on detention – Feb 16’ bottom right ‘Women & children in detention – Feb 16’ #theysoughtrefuge #bsg #Fitzroy #Karhina #stopoffshoredetention #bringthemhere #asylumseekers #refugeeswelcome #art #textileart
Japanese sculptor Takahiko Sugawara has been based in Melbourne since 2012. For Repetitive Nature, his second exhibition with Tinning Street, he will be presenting a major work taking up almost the entire length of the gallery, and wholly made from matchsticks. Sugawara makes use of simple geometric forms, which he repeats en masse to form intricate large-scale sculptures. The organic hand-building of individual structural layers brings an entrancing tactile quality to the otherwise austere sculptures.
These ideas of repetition, form, and discipline are rooted in Sugawara’s teenage years where he was in Japan’s number one high school marching band. The band practised for six hours a day, every day, walking in formation, making lines and shapes whilst playing their instruments . A gap, an empty space, made by a band member’s absence, combined with repetition and the shapes they made, have directly influenced Sugawara’s ideas of form, layering, overlap and repetition.
It’s time – the tenth anniversary of SmallWorks 2016 is upon us and we’d love for you to help us celebrate by attending the opening event on the 20th of May. See further details about the exhibition below.
Annual open call art prize
BSG’s annual open call art prize, SmallWorks 2016, presents work from a large range of artists, with all artwork entered exhibited for the duration of the show, the only criteria being that the work must be smaller than 30x30x30cm. We offer amazing prizes for our artists and support work from all different mediums and levels of experience.
This year we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the exhibition with an opening event and the announcement of prizes on the 20th May, from 6-9pm. However, the show is open to view from the 15th of May until the 4th of June.