Dana Harris: Memento (gallery space)

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Committed to extensive research of specific sites, dana harris creates work that poetically interprets contextual and conceptual complexity. Her work makes unanticipated but distinct connections between disparate stimuli and forms of information, creating highly refined, hand crafted works that are evidence of particular social, cultural and artistic links.

The work dana creates is hand crafted, beginning with a single thread. Using self taught techniques to knit, bind, crochet, macramé or sew the thread, she traces these impressions and memories and a transformation of the record becomes apparent. Interested in creating works that provoke questions, she utilizes elements of both 2 and 3 D, macro and micro space, object and shadow. Some of her work can take years to complete. and while not deliberate,  it could be seen as a reaction to the fast, easy-to-access information digital age she is making it in.

Based in Melbourne, dana studied at art schools in Sydney and Auckland. She has travelled extensively to Europe, the US and Asia, living in Tokyo for almost three years from 1992. She studied Ikebana at the avant-garde Sogetsu school. The principles of craft design and discipline she learnt there continue to inform her art practice today. In 2014 dana undertook a residency at Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, and in 2016 she was shortlisted in the Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

EXHIBITION DATES: 18 March to 15 April 2017
EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Saturday 25 March, 4-6pm
LOCATION: Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Opening celebration will commence with a traditional Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy AO,  Senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance. 

On 8 April, join Craft and dana harris to celebrate International Slow Art Day.

Image Credit: dana harris, nishi magome floorplan

Lisa waup x verner (window space)

‘We are joined through paths that connect and circles that surround and protect. Protective elements detailed in defragmented wooden shields translate to the garments and the body, representing the pinnacle of protection. Protecting the history and story of family from the past to now and to the future to come’
— Lisa Waup

This exhibition presents a collaboration between award winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup, Melbourne-based fashion designer Ingrid Verner, Craft and Creative Victoria. Showcased as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Global Indigenous Runway and NGV Design week, the collection embodies Waup’s graphic visual and woven artwork, exploring themes of connection, identity and country.

Four original works by Waup – Homeward Boundaries, Land Mapping, Family Circles and Protection were drawn upon to build the series, linking the immediacy of their visual narrative with Waup’s practice and personal history as an artist. Fusing art and fashion, the collection draws from a strong tradition of language and symbol with colours drawn in combination from Waup’s monochromatic line work and the reds and greens of the Australian landscape.

Beginning with the documentation of Waup’s journal in December of last year, and continuing through to the selection and translation of print and the silhouette of each garment, the collection embodies the collaborative processes led by Waup with co-designer Ingrid Verner and curator Sarah Weston.

Fabric remnants from the collection have been hand woven by Waup to create a connected series of woven neckpieces, translating the softness of the garments and their bold prints into layered works which reflect on the linking of the body and adornment. 

As part of the collection and shaped by the significance of family, Craft invited Lisa’s daughter and artist Kaiit Waup to create a series of pieces which responded to the garments in the collection. Rendered in free-from silver and set with seeds, kangaroo teeth and shells the pieces are both organic and precise.

This collaboration is part of the ongoing Craft Aboriginal Commissioning program and has been generously supported by Creative Victoria. 

EXHIBITION DATES: 15 March to 15 April 2017
EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Saturday 25 March, 4-6pm
LOCATION: Window space at Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

The LISA WAUP x VERNER collection on Global Indigenous Runway, Sat 18th of March.  

Crafts thanks Global Indigenous Management and Creative Victoria.