Lockdowns have paused live performance, but that hasn’t stopped the City of Melbourne from helping the arts scene. The Flash Forward program has commissioned and linked 40 music acts with 40 contemporary visual artists, who will bring their work to 40 Melbourne laneways.
Recently my friend
Will Rifkin (Emeritus Professor at
the University of Newcastle, Australia,) offered to make me a pair of shoes (his side hustle), using off-cuts from our manufacturing process. The result is stunning,
and everyone who sees them wants a pair. What delights me is the appreciation
people have for handmade, one-off items, made with care, and purpose using up
scraps of material. As a BCorp company we would love to see more of this and
are happy to give artists and designers our leather off cuts, before we send
them to Upparel.com.au for recycling. Gillian Corban. corbanblair.com.au
“When I look at my works collectively, I see and feel home.”
Maricelle Olivier is a South African artist exploring her personal
history and creating her own space of belonging through the medium of ceramics.
The making and laying down of coils on one another, joining and smoothing
sections before repeating - relates to the patterns that adorn the surfaces on
her work. Unpacking her cultural identity and heritage, the vessels transform
into embodiments to hold and reflect emotions. strong connection to her
culture, language and country remains through her contemporary ceramic works.