Ash Allen — Single Use Handbag, 2022
Functional handbag (it opens and shuts, ergonomically designed handle and created to show off all your prized possessions in a secure enclosure) "I wanted to create an effeminate household setting for the Blue Show and ended up making this blue flocked table, chair, handbag and chandelier. I had in my mind's eye Miranda Priestly - the fearful boss from "The Devil wears Prada" at home enjoying her regal space with her prized possessions. The lonely Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations, for some reason also came to mind. The colour blue is associated with strength in business, but depression on a personal level. Quite appropriate for Miranda I think. I have been playing with welded steel mesh for a while now., and am taken by its inherent strength, malleability and negative space. I think the ghostly forms that can be created with it, especially once softened with flock, are quite emotive and textural. The diamond patterns in these pieces are a subtle reference to quilt patterns evident in finely upholstered furniture and leather goods"
Ash Allen is a multi-award winning, Melbourne-based furniture designer. A mechanical engineer by trade, he enjoys making original furniture pieces which have a strong narrative and minimal environmental footprint.
It's not just blue
November 24 - January 21
A gathering of works by Australian artists, crafts people and designers, in a maximalist exploration of the colour blue in all its hues.
Anke Kindle / Anna Varendorff / Anne U / Ara Dolatian / Ash Allen / Bastard Ceramics / Camille Laddawan / Caro Pattle / Christopher Plumridge / Curio Practice / Dean Norton / Dean Toepfer / Ebony Russell / Ella Saddington / Georgina Proud / House Editions / Iluka Sax-Williams / Jess Sellinger / Jordan Fleming / Kristin Burgham / Louise Meuwissen / Lucy Tolan / Michael Gittings / Nicole Lawrence / Owen Rye / Real Non-Real / Sguscio / Shimara Carlow / Tara Shackell / Terunobu Hirata / Tia Ansell / Yen Qin
Material: Blue flocked welded mesh steel
Dimensions: approx. 30 x 10 x 30cm
Please note, works purchased as gifts will be made available for collection by December 20 for the gifting season, all others will remain on exhibition until January 21