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  • Avi Amesbury

Design Canberra 2020

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

This November I'm heading to Canberra to participate in DESIGN CANBERRA OPEN STUDIO. Having worked and lived in Canberra for over 15 years it's like a second home- yes, I'm a Canberra lover!

Valerie Kirk generously invited me to share her space so that I can bring my studio practice to Design Canberra. If you don't know Valerie's work it's worth a visit to her studio. Her long and distinguished creative practice includes the six major tapestries located in the foyer of the Great Hall in University House at The Australian National University.

In her studio Valerie explores ideas about identity and belonging through drawing, collage and the tactile medium of woven tapestry, and entering into her creative world you will see works in progress- reference materials, drawings and collages taking shape, and woven tapestry samples on the loom.

I'm now living and working on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. Everyday I'm enjoying my studio, working with clay and exploring ideas and concepts. I'll be talking about how the natural environment is a driver in my creative practice, and how I work through concepts and observation to create individual pieces for exhibition.

I've created a small mix and match range of tableware, Black + White Porcelain Tableware, which I'll launch and sell on the day. Each unique piece of the collection is designed, made and painted and sold as single special pieces or in sets so that your collection can be added to over time.

When: Saturday 21 November 2020 from 10am to 4pm

Where: 12 Todd Street, O'Connor, Canberra

The Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia, has supported the creation of the tableware and it's launch at Design Canberra.

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