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The Art of Fashion Day 1

10 AM - 12 PM
Tuesday 10 April 2018

Mella Jaarsma. Until Time is Old, 2014. Photo: Mie Cornoedus


Devised in collaboration with curator and writer Alison Kubler and spanning two days, The Art of Fashion 1 and 2 highlight the originality and artistry of clothing the body: from the conceptual expression of contemporary artists to the exquisite detail of haute couture and the links that draw the two together.


The Art of Fashion 1
Textiles, Art and the Body
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Art of Fashion commences with artist Mella Jaarsma, whose artwork is featured in multiple international biennales and who is best known for her elaborate costumes made from unusual materials. Today she joins Sydney interdisciplinary artist Kate Scardifield to discuss the human desire to decorate the body and express identity through clothing.

Jaarsma uses examples of her work to highlight how these two entities, body and clothing, connect to social issues. She appropriates form and material to address power structures, displacement, consumerism and identity politics.

Kate Scardifield discusses her practice across textiles, sculpture, installation and video in relation to her current exhibition Soft Topologies at UTS Gallery. Adaptable textiles, sculptural objects and a large-scale wall schema recall clothing racks, fabric bolts and a patternmaker’s cutting mat. Invited collaborators – including a sail-maker, an architect and a percussionist – join the artist in reshaping these forms, exploring new ways in which the art object can come into being through interaction, adaptation and acts of co-authorship.

Dr Gene Sherman concludes this session with Q&A.


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The Art of Fashion Day 1
Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington

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Mella Jaarsma

Mella Jaarsma is known for her complex costume installations and focus on cultural and racial diversity embedded in clothing, the body and food. She studied at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, the Art Institute of Jakarta and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. Her work has been shown in Indonesia and in Belgium, at the Biennale of Sydney, the Siasat - Jakarta Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts London, plus others, and is in collections including the Queensland Art Gallery/ GOMA and the Singapore Art Museum. In 1988 she cofounded a space for contemporary art in Indonesia, now called the Cemeti Institute for Art & Society. Jaarsma appears in:

Kate Scardifield

Kate Scardifield is a visual artist with a research-driven, interdisciplinary and experimental studio practice. Traversing textiles, sculpture, installation and video, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the U.K. Scardifield serves on the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has been a Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2017. Scardifield has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at UTS. Scardifield appears in: