March 8 2017 is International Women’s Day and to celebrate we’re shining a spotlight a selection of talented independent, Australia women artists and designers currently stocked at MCA Store.
Sydney based ceramic artist Milly Dent is fast making a name for herself as a young designer to watch. Currently preparing for an artist residency in Arita, the porcelain capital of Japan, her current range of exclusive, handmade porcelain tableware includes petite espresso cups, statement salad bowls and plates which happily double as decorative wall hangings. Inspired by the natural environment and the physical process of making, her designs reflect a considered balance of form and functionality, gloss and matte finishes, and are instantly recognisable for her distinctive use of geometric patterns and swirling blue marble glazes.
With a background in fine art, Melbourne-based jeweller Shabana Jacobson has been honing her skills and making beautiful one-off pieces of jewellery for the past ten years. Working mainly with 925 silver and gold, her designs are elegantly handcrafted, unique, contemporary, often quirky but ultimately very wearable. Her latest collection, which drops in store at the end of March, draws inspiration from the everyday, often unnoticed details, patterns and geometry found in natural and built environments and features an assortment of slimline, stepped and interconnecting rings, geometric drop and stud earrings and pendants on fine chains, in a range of matte and polished finishes.
A collective rather than an individual, Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a dynamic social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council enabling Aboriginal women artists living in the remote Central and Western deserts of Australia to earn their own income through contemporary fibre art. Through a continually experimental and collaborative practise, tjanpi (dry grass) is collected locally and bound with raffia, string, wool and sometimes feathers to create colourful woven sculptures of birds, lizards and animals and intricate coiled baskets of varying dimensions. You’ll find an ever evolving selection in store year round and can also view art by Tjanpi Desert Weavers in the current exhibition MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday.
Bridie manages inventory and online operations for MCA Store. A self-confessed book nerd, her personal library is full of fashion photography, feminist theory and trashy celebrity biographies. A practising visual and performing artist she is interested in representations of women in art and popular culture and is a passionate supporter of emerging local artists and designers.