A new era of fashion

Public Program

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ANTHROPOCENE Closing Drinks
Tues 7 March, 5 - 7pm
First Site Gallery, Basement 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne


PANEL: Art & Design in the Anthropocene
Tues 7 March, 2.30 - 4.30pm

In response to this exhibition, a panel of guest speakers will discuss the future of creative industries, and the role they might play in moving forward at a time when humans are potentially the most dominant force on the planet. Four diverse practitioners will partake in a discussion surrounding the Anthropocene – both its influence on the arts, and how artists can influence it. Join contemporary artist Dr Sarah CrowEST, writer Dr Tony Birch, interdisciplinary researcher Dr Lauren Rickards, and PhD candidate in architecture and design Alice Lewis in this important conversation.

About the Panellists

Dr Tony Birch is currently researching Indigenous knowledge systems and climate change as the Bruce McGuinness research fellow at the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University. He is also a published author and is concerned with narratives of climate change and the way that creative practices are able to contribute to our understanding of climate change. 

Dr Sarah CrowEST's work has often touched on notions of material transformation, 'mound activity' and has a practice with a low waste ethos. She is a previous studio resident of Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre. She holds a PhD from University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts), a Diploma Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers, UK, a Bachelor of Art and Textile Design, Middlesex Polytechnic, a Bachelor of Art (Honours) Visual Art from SA School of Art and a Master of Visual Art, SA School of Art.

Dr Lauren Rickards is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in human geography and ecology. Her work focuses on interpretations of key concepts such as human, planet, urban, future and resilience. Conceptual, critical and empirical, much of Lauren's work examines how experiences or images of disaster illuminate and generate competing perspectives. Lauren's current theoretical work examinies how the ideas of resilience, Anthropocene and planetary urbanisation intersect and share common spatial and temporal imaginaries. Lauren is a Senior Research Fellow with the Anthropocene and Resilience networks of the Earth System Governance program.

Alice Lewis is a current research candidate completing her PhD AT RMIT University, investigating the relative position of the human body and its garment cladding within the urban landscape as a generator of spatial change. Alice's research asks if we can (re)invigorate the spatial dialogue between ourselves and the contemporary metropolis through tailored mediating garments.

This is a free event but places are limited. 
Bookings essential via this link.
First Site Gallery, Basement 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Meet the Maker - Zoe Scoglio
Wed 8 March, 4-5pm, Abbotsford Convent

Meet the Maker is a weekly program run by RMIT Link Arts, in which we visit the studios of different artists, makers and designers in Melbourne. To kick off the 2017 program, we'll be visiting the Abbotsford Convent studio of interdisciplinary artist, Zoe Scoglio, who engages with the issue of the Anthropocene through her works. 

Meet the Maker is open to all RMIT students from any disciplines and campuses. 
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796837533910056/
Bookings essential via this link.


Weaving Magic Workshop with Cassie Leatham
Thurs 9 March, 10am-1pm

Join Taungurung/Wurundjeri artist Cassie Leatham for an afternoon of colourful weaving as part of ANTHROPOCENE at RMIT. Learn more about the coiling technique from the South East of Australia which was used across all aspects of life with ceremonial, decorative and practical applications. Cassie Leatham is a Taungurung/Wurundjeri woman of the Kulin Nation. Cassie was born on Gunai Kurnai country and is an active member of the Indigenous community and member of Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation in Sale, Gippsland. Cassie is determined to break down barriers between people Indigenous and non-Indigenous and to teach old ways to youth so the culture never dies. It’s this determination that keeps Cassie motivated in all aspects of her art and crafts.

Free for all RMIT students, but places are limited. 
Bookings essential via this link
First Site Gallery, Basement 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Textile Embellishments Workshop with John Brooks
Thurs 9 March, 2-5pm

John Brooks will be leading a textile embellishment workshop using found objects. Given the fashion industry’s role in climate change, this workshop encourages using what we already have, rather than putting a further strain on our limited resources. The use of recycled and unconventional materials isn’t a recent practice – they predate mass production. This workshop will encourage participants to push the idea of recycled clothing further and transform their materials.

Beginning with a walk through the area around First Site Gallery, materials will be gathered from discarded objects found in the CBD. Materials collected will be workshopped and altered to create unique embellishments for textile objects through embroidery, beading and fabric manipulation. Anything from plastic bottles, cardboard, shopping bags and wood, to rocks, straws, unclaimed clothing, plant matter and other miscellaneous detritus can become second hand sequins.

On completion of this workshop, participants will come away with fabric samples showing various embellishment techniques using unconventional materials. Very basic hand sewing skills are an advantage, but are not necessary, as these will be taught in the workshop.

Free for all RMIT students, but places are limited. 
Bookings essential via this link
First Site Gallery, Basement 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne