Melbourne Design Week – Yakka
Drawing on Convent-based artist and designer Eugenie Kawabata’s childhood memories of the Australian bush, 'Yakka' is named for the endemic xanthorrhoea – commonly known as yakka or grass tree.
This decorative collection of vessels mimic the playfulness of the plant’s distinctive form along with the vivid colours of regrowth generated by bush. While the vessel’s charred timber bases are uniform, each sprouting, knobbly top is idiosyncratic and unique, a lushly sensual reminder of xanthorrhoea’s transcendent response to trauma and its resilience in the face of ongoing adversity.
'Yakka' examines our ongoing relationship to the environment, both natural and manipulated, along with the tensions created through the juxtaposition of uniformity and individuality.
The collection is also a catalyst for questioning design’s various roles in shaping identity in a time of aesthetic homogeneity, dire disposability and ubiquitous fakes. It also urges us to consider what makes something uniquely Australian.
This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, an initiative by Creative Victoria in partnership with NGV.
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