The Midland Autelier, Western Australian’s hub for creativity and design innovation presents Awkward Beauty, an interdisciplinary collaboration between jewellery designer Helen Britton, garment designer Justine McKnight and photographer Michelle Taylor.
Each designer produced 10 pieces for the exhibition, based on the complex notions of beauty, fashion and identity and inspired by the unique exhibition space.
Although the three creatives worked separately from one another, they managed to informed each others’ creations by shipping their final designs to one another. Helen, based in Munich, sent her jewellery pieces to Justine while she worked on her fashion garments in Perth. Justine then drew inspiration from Helen’s work and in turn, photographer Michelle created a visual narrative inspired by the work of the previous two.
Helen’s photography captures the beauty of Helen and Justine’s designs as they are placed in amongst the unrenovated railway workshops which the Midland Autelier creative hub calls home. The contrast between the elegant shapes and textiles used by Justine and the crumbling surroundings is dynamic and arresting.
Awkward Beauty runs from 7th October – 4th November 2011 at Midland Atelier, Midland Railway Workshops, Yelverton Drive, Perth, Australia.
Midland Atelier website.