Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997

The Savage Beauty of Alexander McQueen

Lee Alexander McQueen’s astounding clothing designs have been the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London. Known for breaking the rules, McQueen’s design philosophy finely balanced the creative and destructive forces of the designing … Continue reading

Makerversity drawing , by Andy Merritt

Makerversity: community of maker businesses, London

Maker communities have poped up in Sydney and all over the country supporting creative networks, helping them to connect with one another and to industry. Not just a local phenomena, Catherine Sidwell, based in the UK reports on Makerversity and the London scene: I met with Paul Smyth of Makerversity at the … Continue reading

FWA at Carriageworks, image by Ripley

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2015

Tough retailing conditions, the lure of the internet and changing global supply chains have contributed to a feeling of uncertainty in the Australian fashion industry. But a renewed sense of positivity was marked by Fashion Week Australia this year. Celebrating its 20th birthday … Continue reading

Close up of East Timorese tais weaving process. Photograph by Amy Ripley

Tais of East Timor

Dili Tais Market is an unprepossessing place – just two narrow alleys of tin-roofed shacks. But once you step off the hot, dusty street and into its secret, shady lanes, you arrive into a world of colour and creativity. Tais are … Continue reading

Tiara (1990) by Fiona Hall, who was recently selected to represent Australia at teh Venice Biennale in 2015. Hall made the tiara from aluminium sardine tins.

A Fine Possession

Our love of personal adornment is universal. It was born of the delight in the visual and sensory pleasures when humans began decorating their bodies with natural materials. Soon we realised that wearing jewellery could change us in the eyes of others: jewellery could make us more attractive or … Continue reading