Inside: ceramic vases and wallpaper designs

LOCAL creative couple, designer/printmaker Leonie Lane and ceramicist, John Stewart, have combined their complementary skills to produce an installation of vases and wallpaper designs informed by a shared love of their immediate environment. 

Their exhibition Outside >Inside: ceramic vases and wallpaper designs uses images and forms inspired by their garden, nearby paddocks, rainforest pockets, flood plains and big skies, on objects and surfaces designed for interiors about their 'habitat'.

Applying William Morris' advice to his Arts and Crafts Movement's design students to 'follow nature', Lane and Stewart look to local flora, fauna and rural infrastructure in their landscapes.

On the vases and wallpaper, interrelationships are observed; sacred ibis' roost on disused viaducts, within feeding distance of nearby floodplains while elsewhere valleys of remnant rainforest are crisscrossed with power lines and visited by flocks of black cockatoos.

Guided by these observations and a love of 'good' design, Lane and Stewart's installation of domestic ware interfaces with Northern Rivers Community Gallery's period fireplaces, windows and wall moulding.

They bring their different toolboxes and decades of creative experience to unique designs that are relevant to our immediate world. John's elegant slip-cast wall and table vases with their integrated anodised aluminium and glass test tubes are surfaced with ceramic decals.

These sit on and with Leonie's digitally-printed patterned wallpaper backgrounds. Together they form a unique interpretation of our immediate landscape.


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