Demitra Kakopieros executes wearable art with a political message. Symphonies in the Black Collection

Demetra Kakopieros

One of the success stories this year to emerge from Ultimo’s Fashion Design Studio, Australia’s most historic design institution, is the designer Demetra Kakopieros. Not only has she had two of her pieces from her 2015 collection called Symphonies in the … 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

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, Sydney

Sydney Design Festival turns 18

There are now more design weeks and festivals across the world than weeks in the year. As the creative industries have been identified as important to economic development, more countries and cities are hosting annual design festivals. And in August … Continue reading

‘Art Autre', photograph courtesy of Fendi

Selective Ethics

For the past month, the art museum at my university has been host to an exhibition of extraordinary beauty, fascinating experimentation, and craft technique of a skill that I thought was no longer found in the contemporary world. It was … Continue reading