Object Space

William Street Window Gallery

Australian Design Centre plays a critical role in celebrating the work of Australian artists who embrace the highest degree of craftsmanship and who continually explore material, process and ideas to advance contemporary craft and design practice.

Object Space is a newly created window gallery located in the window of the ADC Offices on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.

5 April - 23 May

Vita Cochran: En Vitrine (In the Front Window)        

Vita Cochran is a textile artist with a particular interest in early 20th-century women modernists and the way that the decorative arts and abstract painting informed each other. Artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taeuber-Arp applied their distinctive visual languages to painting and also embroidery, furnishings and fashion, which they considered of equal value.

The exhibition Vita has made for Object Space was conceived as a homage to a fascinating and forward-looking window display created by Sonia Delaunay for the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Delaunay’s window showcased boldly embroidered handbags, draped patterned scarves and a wonderful screen of contrasting geometric patterns. Diana Vreeland described it as “a one woman campaign of irresistible visual exuberance”.

Vita’s hand-embroidered handbags and applique hangings embrace bold colour and geometry. These works seek a position somewhere between utility, fashion and art, and the fabric hangings behind them could be draped on a body, a piece of furniture, or hung on a wall.


Works on display:                                                                                              

Stairway Bag (2018)

Wool embroidery and applique on linen


Scalene Bag (2018)

Wool embroidery on linen

Envelope Clutch (2018)

Wool embroidery on linen

Zigzaguer (2018)

Wool with wool applique
 

Bloq (2018)

Linen with wool applique and embroidery
 

Bande (2018)

Wool with wool applique


Find out more about Vita Cochran's textile practice and inspiration by reading a Q&A with CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill here.

Event

Embroidered Abstraction: Vita Cochran in conversation
Vita Cochran is a textile artist with a particular interest in early 20th-century women modernists, and the way that the decorative arts of that moment informed painted abstraction and vice versa. Artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taeuber-Arp applied their distinctive visual languages to painting and also embroidery, furnishings and fashion, which they considered of equal value. 
Vita's Object Space exhibition, En Vitrine was conceived as a homage to a fascinating and forward-looking window display created by Sonia Delaunay for the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In photographs of Delaunay’s window we see boldly embroidered handbags, draped patterned scarves, and a wonderful screen of contrasting geometric patterns. Diana Vreeland described it as “a one woman campaign of irresistible visual exuberance”.
Come and listen to Vita chat about her fascinating practice and the inspiration behind her Object Space show.
When: Thursday 3 May, 6-8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Free event, bookings required

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Image:Vita Cochran, Envelope Clutch, 2018.Photo: Vita Cochran


Vita Cochran

5 April - 22 May 2018

Textile artist Vita Cochran embraces bold colour and geometric designs through her hand-embroidered handbags and applique hangings. 

Play Up

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Gunjan Aylawadi

6 October – 15 October 2017

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Adam Cornish

23 November 2017 - 31 January 2018

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