1. Chimbarongo Set by PET Lamp (Chile)
Elle Murrell, Managing Editor/Saving-for-a-Home-er:
Spanish designer, Alvaro Catalán de Ocón’s ambitious PET Lamp project came first came on my radar when he was collaborating with a friend I’d met in Kyoto. Alvaro’s astutely-researched initiative mixes the reuse of PET plastic bottles with selected traditional weaving techniques from different corners of the globe, in order to create unique handmade lampshades.
We recently wrote about his project with Indigenous Weavers in Arnhem Land, and witnessing these unique pieces at NGV Triennial had me coveting the shades all over again! While this Medusa-esque set looks pretty spectacular, I’m also a huge fan of the maybe-more-likely-in-the-next-five-years ‘Chimbarongo Triple’ design.
2. Screenprinting 101 Workshop at Home-Work
Ashley Simonetto, Graphic Designer/Baby of the TDF Family:
Textile designers Jess Wright and Lara Davies certainly workshop some magic at their Home-Work HQ in Brunswick, Melbourne.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at screen printing, and their 101 seems like just the place to start. It’s promising ‘all the basics to get printing your original designs onto fabric!’ and covers learning about colours, inks, fabrics and all the techniques you’ll need to stencil cut and print your own designs.
Now that I’m two years out of Uni, this sounds like actually appealing homework!!