Posted by Penny Cropper on June 25, 2010
Sydney Design 2010, a 16-day festival of all things contemporary design, wants us to spin them a yarn. The theme of the festival, which starts on 31st July, is ‘tell us a story’, and will be showcasing some of the stories and ideas behind design until the 15th August.
Beautiful storytelling is often made even more delightful by beautiful clothes and at the festival’s headquarters at the Powerhouse Museum, an exhibition on the 50-year partnership of husband-and-wife team Bruno and Hazel Benini, gives us both in one pretty hit. Creating the Look: Benini and Fashion Photography, follows the Beninis’ process of fashion photography, from styling to composition to design. Together, Bruno, a photographer, and Hazel, a stylist, created some of the most elegant fashion photography in Australia, and the exhibition promises to give an insight into the stories of those images.
If you’re after something more hands-on, you can get your craft on at one of three craft and design-recycling workshops. The age-old arts of knitting and cross-stitch are covered, with Nikki Gabriel teaching us how to magically transform simple knitted shapes into beautiful clothes in Knitting Construction, and Tamara Maynes showing how to use cross-stitch in interior design in Craving Cross Stitch. Meanwhile, Felt My Tote will show us how to turn an old knit jumper into a brand new tote bag. Skills, no doubt, we could all use.