This is the 24th year of Fresh! and the 17th that we've seen and we can honestly say that this feels like one of the better 'Best of the Best' graduate award shows. There is a decidedly feminine/feminist bent with many of the works bathed in pale pink tones a delicate materials like this beautiful work by artist Hannah Gartside. Her monumental swathe of lace is sweet and strong, a totally uncompromising delicacy which in the current political climate can only be seen as an act of defiance. Fresh is on at CRAFT until March 11
Another show that includes both craft and commentary is the excellent current exhibition at ACCA. Sovereignty showcases the work of First Nation Peoples of South Eastern Australia, combining contemporary and historical work as diverse as video and light work, to weaving and protest banners. It may have been made more sombre by the fact that we saw this on Australia Day (many viewers were in tears) but it is ultimately a defiant celebration of survival and expression.
Shifu is not just the master of Kung Fu Panda, it is also the ancient Japanese craft of transforming paper into thread that can then be woven to create a new textile. It's an amazing a specialised technique that is rarely taught on these shores. So if you have the means we highly recommend a two day workshop by the extraordinary american textile artist Velma Bolyard hosted by the fabulous School of Lost Arts in Geelong March 11 and 12
Fashionistas of Melbourne must must must head to the design hub over the next couple of weeks for one of the best shows this idiosyncratic venue has staged. High Risk Dressing explores contemporary ideas around fashion through a series of workshops, performances, talks, films and residencies as they pull out of the archives the recent history of the now defunct Fashion Design Council which created a rich avant garde environment for sartorialists of the 80's through to the early 90's, the ladies of HML included.
And finally Anthropocene: an impressive group Show at RMIT First Site Gallery that's heartening for the future for the intersection of fashion and art both in theory and in practice. Artists explore the relationship between geology and fashion which in itself is intrigue enough to get you there.Curated by dynamos Josephine Briginshaw, John Brooks and Andy Butler this exhibition that also offers up workshops for those still carrying their student cards.
Ramona will be talking it up with The Grapevine Monday 27th FEB at around 10:15. You can listen in here: RRR