Sunday, 31 January 2010
I am in this exhibition called Insert Coin Here - curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett, comprising vending machines placed around Melbourne CBD and containing 'fashion objects' produced by over 50 Melbourne-based artists.
I didn't want to interpret 'fashion object' literally and also I didn't think I should pretend I know something about fashion, as I haven't really explored that areas in my practice and have no fashion sense myself!
So I decided to make something that can be carried everywhere quietly in someone's pocket or a bag, creating a space for imagination in daily life, and with a material that I'm more familiar with.
I was forming an idea of making miniature books and then I met this quote, Chinese proverb - "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket"
I have to make an edition of 10 minimum so I made book covers first - get all calculations and measuring done first...
I knew each book could never be the same as it's hand-cut but at least I need design of all things to be the same so I made a template by photocopying and cutting the design so I can trace the rest, as shown above.
I haven't finished all of them yet so this would be my priority for this week!
There is my favorite paper weight on the right by the way. It's a black dog, given by my mum.
The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program and starting from 1 March.
Please have a look at the blog for this show!
I can't wait to see what other artists are doing for this show, you can see all participating artists in this exhibition blog too.