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HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

 HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

My favourite of the three exhibitions that Craft Victoria are hosting as part of the State of Design festival is Visible Markings.

In a dimly lit room various pieces of armoury hang with ghostly stillness. However, the breastplates, collars and neckpieces have been constructed out of unexpected materials – knitted wool interspersed with leather, oak, organza and metal. Alana Clifton Cunningham’s exhibition challenges the traditional ‘stand-back and admire’ approach of art exhibitions with a collection of tactile textures which you are encouraged to approach at close range and touch. In fact, on the back wall you are actively urged to feel a row of small frames containing different knitted textures, which reminded me variously of Christmas trees, fishing nets and even female genitalia.

 HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne HOT: Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

The intricate handmade works reward a slow, careful inspection and you can read more about the process and the artistic inspirations in Craft Victoria’s interview with Alana.

Visible Markings, Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

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