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Sustainable Art 2020: Online Exhibition

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Led online by contemporary artist and jeweller's Louise Meuwissen, John Brooks and Pennie Jagiello, this exhibition brings together the work of artists and participants as they transform recycled materials found around their home into sculpture, jewellery and wearable art. 

Workshops presented included, Wearable Art with Pennie Jagiello, Visible Mending Embellished Patches with Louise Meuwissen, and Weaving With Found Objects with John Brooks. 

Online exhibition launches Tuesday 18 August. Stay tuned for details.


Portrait of the artist, Louise Meuwissen x Glenn Barkley, Blossom shirt, 2018, photograph by Isabelle Gander.jpg

Louise Meuwissen works in textiles, embroidery, sculpture and installation. Through labour intensive manipulation of recycled and found materials, she explores the tensions between luxury, consumption, adornment and aspiration.  Her recent work examines how we communicate and express ourselves through dress, and what this tells us about the world and each other. Louise graduated from painting at the Victorian Collage of the Arts in 2013. Her work has been presented at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Spring 1883 and Sydney Contemporary. She has presented workshops at the NGV, Craft Victoria, and The Royal Melbourne Show.

Instagram @louisemeuwissen



John Brooks works with textiles, video and installation to reflect on interconnectivity. He has studied Textile Design and Fine art at RMIT, VCA and Monash, and has exhibited locally and internationally. He has collaborated with a range of local fashion labels to create custom limited-edition textiles for their collections for both runway and ready to wear, and teaches at RMIT in the Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development.  

Instagram @L00ming


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Pennie Jagiello is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who completed a Masters of Fine Art at RMIT in 2017. Her practice and ongoing research investigates the objects we use and discard and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices, conveyed through one of the oldest creative mediums, jewellery and adornment. Only working with found, reclaimed and recycled materials, informs and challenges Pennie's practice, providing wearable dialogue for what we discard, and the expended heirlooms we leave behind for future generations. Pennie runs workshops, arts mentoring, short courses at CAE and is a lecturer at RMIT.    

Instagram @penniejagiello





Online exhibition: Tuesday 18 August - Saturday 19 September





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