Making Canberra

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The national capital is home to artists, designers and craftspeople who are nationally and internationally acclaimed but choose to work, live and make here in Canberra, a city of design.

Some of these artists take inspiration from our city itself. Making Canberra celebrates the local designers who have drawn from our city’s built heritage, connection to nature, and icons in their work.

Annie Trevillian, Chelsea Lemon, OAT Studio, Paul House, Nicholas Harper, Rene Linssen and Sean Booth.

Making Canberra

SEAN BOOTH | PAUL HOUSE | CHELSEA LEMON

RENE LINSSEN | OAT STUDIO + NICHOLAS HARPER | ANNIE TREVILLIAN


One city

200+ events

9—29 November 2020

Exhibition on display at City Walk as part of the DESIGN Canberra

festival (9-29 November 2020).

Cover image: Chelsea Lemon, Yankee Hat Fire Line Tray, 2020. Photo: Lean Timms.

Image: OAT Studio + Nicholas Harper, ‘OAT bench’, linen on Tasmanian Blackwood

and Chinese Elm + CITY SHAPES (Round cushion in Stone + Bolster in Ochre),

upholstery weight organic cotton, locally made. Photo: Lean Timms.

DesignCanberraFestival.com.au

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Making Canberra

Exhibition statement

The national capital is home to artists,

designers and craftspeople who are nationally

and internationally acclaimed but choose to

work, live and make here in Canberra, a city of

design.

Some of these artists take inspiration from

our city itself. Making Canberra celebrates

the local designers who have drawn from our

city’s built heritage, connection to nature, and

icons in their work.

Image: René Linssen, ‘Shine Candle Holder’, 3D printed

polished bronze. Photo: Brenton Colley (Lightbulb Studio).

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Making Canberra

Catalogue essay: Vy Tsan

In these unprecedented times, crafting

has become symptomatic of our city’s

desire for a tangible sense of care and

closeness. Physical acts of making

disrupt the apathetic patterns of simply

looking that we often fall into in our busy

lives. Whether it be through making a

meal, working in the garden or writing

a letter - physically creating is a healing

process that is intrinsically reflective of

the care that we have for ourselves and

each other.

Canberra is a living design laboratory

that has passed through the hands of a

rich history of carers and makers. The

city sits on land that is rooted in a tradition

of caring for Country. Canberra has

been birthed through a culture of caring

for place, people and culture with its

name being derived from the language

of the original custodians of the land.

Canberra was deliberately designed to

be the nation’s capital, crafted with a

vision of being ‘the finest capital city in

the world’. The dreamt capital was conceived

in 1913 by Walter Burley Griffin

and Marion Mahony Griffin who won an

international competition to create the

ideal city. The national capital is home to

artists, designers and craftspeople who

are often nationally and internationally

acclaimed but choose to work, live and

make here.

There is an inherent need in each individual

to craft and to care. In 2020, a time

of social isolation and separation, this

group of exhibiting artists have drawn

upon the city itself in order to craft

material manifestations of care. Their

works remind us of the need to appreciate

the physical world around us and

the expressions of care woven into this

city by design. This exhibition unites an

eclectic array of iconography of both urban

design and natural landscape which

make Canberra.

Making Canberra celebrates the local designers

who have drawn from our city’s

built heritage, connection to nature, and

icons in their work.

Vy Tsan

Craft ACT, Content Coordinator

Image: Chelsea Lemon, ‘Yankee Hat Fire Tray’ 2020,

6 Blackbutt and dyed veneer. Photo: Lean Timms.

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Sean Booth

Biography

Sean Booth grew up in the fast paced city

of Sydney, but later moved to Canberra

to commence study, where he began his

career as a metalsmith. In 2002 Booth

completed his undergraduate studies at

The Australian National University School

of Art in the Gold and Silversmithing

workshop, and has recently established a

workshop in the Canberra region.

His practice consists of two main threads

of investigation. One thread focuses on the

more traditional use of silver and hammer

work within a contemporary context, and

the other challenges geometry and the

structures that can be built with a sense

of fluidness. His work encompasses many

varied forms such as sculptural works,

Image: Sean Booth, ‘ACT brooch’ 2015, plywood.

Photo: Kate Mathews.

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Paul House

Biography

Paul House is a Ngambri-Ngunnawal

custodian with multiple local Aboriginal

ancestries from the Canberra region,

however identifies as a descendant of

Ngambri – Walgulu man Henry ‘Black

Harry’ Williams and Ngunnawal –

Wallaballoa man ‘Murjinille’ aka William

Lane (‘Billy the Bull’), including Wiradjuri

ancestries. His practice involves blown

glass works.

Image: Paul House, ‘Ngambri Walgalu Coolamons’ 2020, blown glass.

Photo: Craft ACT.

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René Linssen

Biography

René Linssen is a South African born,

Australian Industrial Designer living and

working in Canberra, Australia.

René loves the challenges of Industrial

Design, finding a way to improve peoples

lives with a product that satisfies a need

and that can be aesthetically pleasing

at the same time. He also feels strongly

about the responsibilities implicit in a

career that he believes has a big impact in

shaping the world we live in.

Currently an Industrial Designer at

Australian product design company

Formswell Design, he is involved in a

diverse range of design work in industries

from sports, outdoors, homewares,

government and more.

Image: René Linssen, ‘Shine Candle Holder’ 2020, 3D printed polished bronze.

Photo: Brenton Colley (Lightbulb Studio).

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OAT Studio (Sarah Annand)

Biography

With over a decade in the Textile Industry

following a background of art and

photography study and practice, Sarah

Annand established OAT Studio.

Sarah is passionate about the creative

process and producing Australian

designed textiles for our Interiors.

Artist Statement

‘My aesthetic is influenced by architecture,

which has been a love of mine for as

long as I can remember. This passion for

our built environment runs throughout

my creative journey; with my early

photography studies around 15 years

ago focusing on architecture of New

Zealand; dissecting the shapes of building

facades and creating new architectural

compositions with the fractured images.

When I relocated to Canberra 5 years

ago, it was hard not to be inspired by

the incredible brutalist and modernist

structures we are so fortunate to be

surrounded by.’

Image: OAT Studio + Nicholas Harper, ‘OAT bench’, linen on Tasmanian

Blackwood and Chinese Elm + CITY SHAPES (Round cushion in Stone

+ Bolster in Ochre), upholstery weight organic cotton, locally made.

Photo: Lean Timms.

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Nicholas Harper

Biography

Nicholas Harper is a Canberra based

designer, maker and picture framer.

Nick is multi-skilled with training in

designing and making furniture and

objects in wood and metal. He also has

extensive experience in archival picture

framing and art installation. Nick is a

graduate of the ANU Wood Workshop

where he studied under George Ingham

and has also completed a traineeship in

Gold and Silversmithing at Workshop Bilk

with Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Johannes

Kuhnen.

Nick now uses his combined skills to

design and make a range of objects

including furniture, objects and tableware.

As a designer-maker, Nick aims to create

work that is elegant, tactile and practical.

Nick currently operates out of the shared

workshop, Six Wiluna.

Image: OAT Studio + Nicholas Harper, ‘OAT bench’,

linen on Tasmanian Blackwood and Chinese Elm.

Photo: Lean Timms.

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Annie Trevillian

Biography

Annie Trevillian is an independent artist and

designer with strong technical skills and

experience in textiles design and printing

including digital technologies. She has earned

recognition for a place in the history and

practice of printed textiles in Canberra from

her involvement in all aspects of textile printing

both as a practitioner and as an educator.

She has worked as a community artist,

educator, freelance designer and practitioner.

She taught in the ANU Textiles Workshop from

1992 – 2011. She has long been associated

with Megalo Print Studio and Gallery as an

access user, community project artist and

board member.

Her research and development focuses

on digital printing technologies informed

by her knowledge of textiles traditions and

technology. Since 2010 her commissioned

work allows her to explore new technologies

in collaboration with other designers.

Commissions include Sydney Harbour YHA,

Australian National University, ACT Health and

the Legislative Assembly of the ACT.

Image: Annie Trevillian, ‘Canberra Garden RED fabric’

18 2020, digital print on textile. Photo: Craft ACT.

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List of works

1 Canberra Garden RED fabric,

2020, Digital print on textile,

135cm x 170cm

$450

6 Ngambri Walgalu

Coolamons, 2020

Blown glass, dimensions

variable

$3,400 each

2 Shine Candle Holder, 2020

3D printed polished bronze and

3D printed matte black steel,

dimensions variable

$399 each

3 ACT Brooch, 2015

Plywood, 36 mm x 38mm

$26 each

7 Oat Bench, 2020

Upholstery design: The

Grid/Mission Brown

Reverse on Oatmeal Linen

Fabric - (light residential

upholstery weight linen)

Bench materials: Chinese Elm

Legs: Tasmanian Blackwood

40 x 38 x 110 cm

Starting bid $900

This work is part of the 2020

DESIGN Canberra auction.

9—29 November

4 Yankee Hat Fire tray, 2020

Blackbutt and dyed veneer,

265 x 265 x 40mm

Starting bid $5

This work is part of the 2020

DESIGN Canberra auction.

5 Canberra Glassworks tray,

2020, Blackbutt and dyed veneer,

315 x 255 x 40mm

$400

8 CITY SHAPES (Bolster in

ochre), 2020

Fabric: Upholstery weight

organic cotton, fabric printed

in Australia, locally made -

Upholstery by Susan + Jute

Upholstery, 47 x 23 cm

Starting bid $100

This work is part of the 2020

DESIGN Canberra auction.

9 CITY SHAPES (Round

cushion in stone), 2020

Fabric: Upholstery weight

organic cotton, fabric printed

in Australia, locally made -

Upholstery by Susan + Jute

Upholstery, 48 x 48 x 14 cm

Starting bid $280

This work is part of the 2020

DESIGN Canberra auction.

One city

200+ events

DesignCanberraFestival.com.au

DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre — a not-forprofit

membership based organisation which supports local artists, designers and makers at

every stage of their careers. The festival is delivered in collaboration with industry, associations

and educational institutions committed to the design arts and creative industries in Canberra.

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