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"est. 2005 †Phoebe Porter and Blanche Tilden"
2006-04-07 until 2006-05-14
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Canberra City, AC, AU Australia

Objects are the embodiment of ideas, processes and knowledge. For a crafts person to express an idea as a finished object requires an extraordinary range of skills in design, manufacture and business. Passing this knowledge to a young emerging artist is crucial to an ongoing and vibrant Australian arts sector. est. 2005 is an exhibition of contemporary jewellery by well known artist/designer Blanche Tilden and emerging artist Phoebe Porter, celebrating the continuation of the best of Australian contemporary craft and design. The project was made possible through an Australia Council Mentorship project delivered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

The exhibition est. 2005 will be opened by Robert Bell, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design National Gallery of Australia, in conjunction with Les Blakebrough: Ceramics, at 6pm Thursday 6 April 2006. The exhibition continues until Sunday 14 May 2006 in Craft ACTís Gallery 2, Level 1 North Building, Civic Square. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. The exhibition highlights the value of mentorship programs which assist emerging artists to become established during the crucial early stages of their careers. est. 2005 brings together two artistic visions, and emphasises the creative energy that can result from this intense period of sharing skills and ideas.

In August 2005 Porter traveled to Melbourne to undertake the three month mentorship with Tilden in her Fitzroy studio. This exchange provided Porter with the opportunity to see another makerís process from an initial concept to planning and executing designs. Porter also assisted with the production of large runs of work to send to retail outlets. Experiencing the depth of Tildenís practice gave Porter new making skills and the ability to develop the business and marketing acumen that are essential to creating a sustainable career as a maker. During the mentorship period, Porter developed her own designs around the theme Folded and under the guidance of Tilden a series of models of each design were developed and refined. The mentorship also saw the growth of a partnership between Porter and Tilden, which resulted in the embarking in a new joint studio venture - Studio Hacienda. The studio was officially launched at the end of 2005.

Phoebe Porter
Folded rings, 2005,

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