Making: A Way of Life

May 26, 2021

Making: A Way of Life
A collaborative exhibition by Alison Jackson and Dan Lorrimer
27 May - 17 July 2021
CraftACT Gallery
Warm cup of coffee in hand, sun streaming in the window next to me and a view of blue sky as far as I can see - Autumn really is my favourite season! As I sit here and write to you, we've had a little slower morning today, off the back of some very big workshop and install days getting everything ready for our exhibition opening!

As most of you know, Dan and I are partners in life and work - and have worked alongside each other for many years, and so to us, collaboration is just a part of our day-to-day. Right from the outset, this exhibition was collaboratively conceptualised, developed and handcrafted by the two of us.

Thoughts hurriedly scribbled down before they escape, sweeping curves drawn on paper again and again looking for just the right one, bending metal offcuts to attempt to illustrate to one another the idea in our heads -- and many coffees and sweet treats consumed to fuel our creativity.

Moving into our making process, we interchangeably worked on handcrafting every piece. Hydraulic pressing, toolmaking, cutting, bending, folding, sanding, riveting, drilling, patination and photography -- it was a real partnership.

Thoughtfully conceptualised and individually handcrafted, every piece moving many times between our hands, Dan and I are so excited to share with you our first 'official' collaborative exhibition and the 55 objects that bring it together. 

View a collection of the work here

We are thrilled to have had Oliver Smith, respected silversmith and senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, pen an essay for the exhibition catalogue. You can read the essay on the CraftACT website [here] where you can also view and purchase work too!

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