“Mis-design will not tell you how to think, how to shop, how to behave, how to design, or how to locate ‘art’ in consumer culture. Instead, it creates a critical space where we can think about the influence and dominance of design in our lives, and how we might locate experiences and interactions that are more human and spontaneous.”

Grace McQuilten, curator of Mis-Design exhibition

Last night I attended the packed opening of the Mis-Design exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne). Guest curator, Dr Grace McQuilten (The Social Studio, great article on her HERE) has developed what will surely be a fascinating and original five-part, multi-site exhibition, showcasing new works “created in a spirit of creative and critical freedom” – works that, by their nature, challenge the increasingly commercial imperative of both the art and design worlds.

Featuring fresh creations from renowned US artists, Adam Kalkin (www.pirateradiotower.comand Andrea Zittel (smockshop.org), and local artists Slow Art Collective, Flatland OK and my sistas, the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle (PWWC), events will take place in the Ian Potter Museum of Art and at three other sites across inner-city Melbourne, from the 24th August to 6th November.

Specific information on what’s on and where, can be found here:




As part of Mis-Design and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, PWWC will be creating an interactive art installation in Alphaville’s Fitzroy store (179 Brunswick St – website HERE) from 5–11 September.

From the Mis-Design brochure:

“Throughout the installation, the PWWC will conduct a series of weaving workshops, encouraging audience interaction and gifting some of their works to visitors. Their project foregrounds the human labour involved in design industries and prompts critical reflection on how issues of race, ethnicity and gender stereotypes intersect with the marketing and promotion of contemporary fashion.”

(brochure HERE)

I hope to attend the opening of PWWC’s vibrant contribution to Mis-Design. Alas, I have a clash of invites on that particular day, in what is shaping up to be a hectic week, but I still intend to make it over there to support these amazing women. The warm, communal, earthy, COLOURFUL, free and uniquely Pacifika atmosphere that they create through their arts practice, juxtaposed with the unambiguously up-market Alphaville – chic in black and white, with an in-store nod to my beloved Twin Peaks (a giant Laura Palmer “Dead. Wraaapped in plastic” apparently adorns the back wall… TV connoisseurs will know what I’m talking about) – is something I most definitely want to see.

A collision of worlds?

Perhaps. Esthetically, I appreciate both, living in and moving between them. So, I can’t wait to see them come together, in what promises to be a challenging and interesting collaboration. 

source: craft-victoria.blogspot.com


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