Ive been super busy creating new collections of fashion,home wares and jewelry.It will all come together at my next event..Mixed Prints Pop Up/Exhibition.
Opening : Wednesday 8 October at 6 pm.
Pop Up Store and exhibition run: Wednesday 8 October - Sunday 12 October.
10 am-6 pm daily
at Fort Delta in the Capitol Arcade, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Mixed Prints is a collaborative Pop Up/exhibition over 4 days between myself & do it baby by Colin Sheppard & Brett Gillepsie. Part exhibition, part pop up store; Mixed Prints showcases screen print & batik processes and offers limited and rare editions of clothing/home wares and jewelry to purchase in an art house context.
Presenting different print techniques for cloth exploring screen print, batik and its interface with fashion.
I was lucky enough to be invited as one of the designers to be part of a group visiting central Java and deep batik country as part of the Sangam Project.I gave a presentation of my work at a one day conference at Kampong Semerang,a fascinating day of cultural exchange and dialogue about the history,challenges and possibilities for batik to expand into new international markets.
The conference really confirmed to me how important it is to keep alive cultural textile traditions and again I was humbled by the sheer artistry of the artisans and their connection to their traditions.Part of the conference centered on looking at how existing batik and hand crafted products could be be modified and enhanced to be more relevant to in the Australian market place.
I am developing a collection of signatured batik mens shirts to be launched shortly under my Sara Thorn label.
I was invited to exhibit at the fab exhibition Patternation curated by OTT by Lia T,as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival. An incredible mix of fashion as pattern featuring Linda Jackson,Jenny Bannister ,Gavin Brown,Ken Done amongst many other talented designers.
I focused on showing my jacquard textiles bringing out my Deep Sea Galaxy lurex ,wool jacquard from 1984,I still had a dress resplendent with shoulder pads which I showed behind the dress in the same Deep Sea Galaxy fabric,it made quite an impact and two of my jaquard scarves go to http://www.patternation.net/#!sara-thorn/ccsm
Mixed Tapes at NGV
Currently on show at NGV in Melbourne is an exhibition which looks at the creative collaborations between artists,designers ,musicians and whoever was around during the early eighties in Melbourne.The NGV holds over 100 piece collection of clothing & paraphernalia from my extensive collaboration with Bruce Slorach from 1983-1994 under the labels Sara Thorn ,Shrubbery, Abyss, Galaxy,Funkessentials & Konka brands. This outfit is a mash of prints actually never designed to be worn this way but hey history/herstory now...!
Fast Forward to present day!
In the corner is my son Oscar Slorach-Thorn singing & DJ ing wearing the graffiti screen printed shirt circa 1984 from the archives,the atmosphere ,the look,the essence of creative collaborations continues in Melbourne,its great to see...!
Going back to circa 1987,is this great pic courtesy of Barbara Heath & Malcolm Enright taken in Brisbane,the girl on right in black cap is sporting the Abyss bra top with Indian inspired jacquard sleeves,they still all look so cool,artists,jewelers,creative collaborations .....