Caro Pattle — Mini Bowl Sculpture Blue Velvet Limited Edition - Preorder
To celebrate Vessels, NGV design store and Craft have curated a small selection of participating artists to produce a limited-edition retail offering exclusive to NGV design store and Craft.
Soft pipes, play on, 2022, is a hand-woven piece using coil basketry techniques, re-imagining a prehistoric stone-hewn vessel in lush blue velvet. Created using a time-intensive process of knotting velvet yarn to create a dense organic surface and structure, the vessel combines historic forms with contemporary materials, divesting the object of its original function to focus on the beauty of the form.
The title of the work is derived from English Romantic poet John Keats’s 1819 poem ‘Ode on a Grecian urn’. While the original poem describes musical pipes in a painted scene on an ancient Grecian urn, Pattle takes the line out of context and into the realm of her contemporary velvet vessel, situating the object as a future artefact of the Anthropocene that questions the boundaries of nature and culture.
Caro Pattle is a textile artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her experimental object-based practice explores handcraft processes through a lens of contemporary materiality. She draws from a range of craft disciplines to create works that joyfully muddle organic and synthetic, past and present and functional and non-functional binaries. Her work is underpinned by ongoing research into historical and current, material culture, animism, and domestic worlds. Embedded across all of her output is a sense of pleasure and play. Pattle's practice spans large-scale public art installation through to objects for interiors.
Named the Australian Textile Graduate of the Year by the Design Institute of Australia, 2020 Pattle has had her work presented at the inaugural NGV Melbourne Design Fair and selected for the group exhibitions: Improper Structures, By/Product and Welcome. Pattle completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2009 and a Bachelor of Textiles, 2019 at RMIT.
people and designers whose creative practices have been informed by their exploration of the vessel in contemporary culture, with each practitioner producing an ambitious new work that is emblematic of their conceptual focus and skill. Vessels presents a snapshot of contemporary craft and making in Melbourne - the presentation hints at the breadth of material research that is being refined and shared by Melbourne's creative community.
Vessels is on at Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia Fed Square until 20 August 2023