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Who: Nickola Bowden
What: ANTI-GRAVITY - denim clad upside down hanging mannequins installed in a collection of industrial memories.
Where: Visual Merchandising Department, TAFE Sydney Institute
Why: Originally inspired by heavy industrialism and its many facades, lines and shapes drove me to create a window reflective of the longevity of materials such as wood and metal which endure hardships throughout their lifetime yet remain a constant on earth. Each deteriorating with age and taking on chameleon characteristics enabling them to blend into their surroundings as time passes.
I wanted to originally create a window where the props juxtapose themselves with new denim styles, although once completed and upon reflection I believe you can repeatedly see many more similarities between wood, metal and denim than I first thought which ultimately unifies the composition and brings a lingering ambiance to the window.
How: Sometimes when one is repeatedly confronted by objects of no value or use to themselves these objects become irrelevant and can only be seen an inanimate objects, purposeless or defined as “junk”.
As a child I spend many hours playing at my grandparents farm which used to run as a fully functional vegetable/animal produce farm. As the years crept by slowly it has become somewhat derelict and what was once a prosperous farmland became a vast space of textures, colours, shapes and tones waiting to be discovered and reclaimed back to it’s original state.
Favourite part of the window: I realised that what I initially had passed off as “junk” as a young child would be my starting point for sourcing materials for my window and it was then that I was able to uncover some of these hidden treasures and use them in a whole different light.
20 March 2012
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