Monthly Archives: August 2016

Designer profile: Clara Vuletich

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I am super excited to introduce the first designer profile on Art Matters Now:

Clara Vuletich is a textile designer, researcher and consultant who explores the intersections of fashion and textile design, sustainability and well-being through creative practice. Clara is completing a PhD funded by the MISTRA Future Fashion project and University of the Arts London, investigating textile making and thinking in a sustainable fashion context. Her main research interest is exploring the ‘social’ rather than ‘technical’ role of the designer in creating systemic change in the fashion industry – the new roles, skills and methods for socially-engaged design practice. Continue reading

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Can making art help me live longer?

turning potsThere is some research to suggest that, yes it can. Or at least perhaps it could.

In the March/April 2016 edition of Crafts magazine (# 259) there’s a moving article by Andrew Marr titled Why making can be the best medicine. He tells the story of how, after a massive stroke three years ago, he decided to become a maker. Previously he had never regarded himself as an artist. Andrew’s whole professional life had been completely focused on writing and speaking, and yet after this huge assault on his health, he turned to art practice. Interestingly he believes that ‘the urge to make images with lines and colour was always just there’. Continue reading

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On experiencing art (and not buying stuff)

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[image: Bridget Scott, Butoh dancer, Kyoto via Eatspeak]

I’ve recently become a minimalist. Plenty of people have advocated the non-consumerist path before but I’m quite taken by the approach of The Minimalists. These guys really walk their talk, and it’s refreshing to read about others who are dedicated to living meaningful lives with less stuff. So I’m consciously reshaping my life to embrace this approach and almost four months in I’ve got to say it feels really good.

Which brings me to art. Continue reading

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Why more Frida? And why now?

FridaThe enduring popularity of artist, Frida Kahlo, never ceases to amaze me. It seems we’re in the midst of a new wave of public fascination for her work and story. There’s yet another exhibition of her work (and Diego Rivera’s) at the Art Gallery of NSW showing right now in Sydney. Perhaps this resurgence is about a new generation discovering the legend that is Frida. Or something else at play. Continue reading

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How one chandelier can tell us a lot about the world

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Artists, Ken and Julia Yonetani, have created an extraordinary series of objects, one being the ‘USA Chandelier’ (pictured). Art like this powerfully connects us with the planet and people the world over. One of 31 uranium chandeliers made by Ken and Julia as part of the ‘Crystal Palace’ series, this work reflects on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in a way that is at the same time eery, beautiful and deeply moving. The 31 chandeliers is a direct reference to the 31 nuclear nations of the world. Continue reading

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