Sans Souci – A quirky and kitschy exhibition coming to Melbourne

Stephanie Rushworth_IllustrationAttention Melbourne: A quirky and kitschy exhibition is coming is coming your way next month – It’s called Sans Souci.

Sans Souci is an exploration of Australiana by six amazing emerging artists from intersecting craft backgrounds and will be held at Little Woods Gallery in Collingwood from Nov 6th – November 30th.

Inspired by kitschy souvenirs of the past and Australian icons, the works by artists Edith Rewa Barrett, Loredana Camarata, Megan McNeill, Stephanie Rushworth, Esther Sandler and Tara Whalley will be on show for all of Melbourne to see.

The showing celebrates the notion of handmade objects, challenging the idea of mass-produced objects.

A trace of the handmade is evident throughout the exhibition, from Tara Whalley’s hand-painted and sewn soft textile keepsakes to Esther Sandler’s imperfectly hand-built ceramic souvenir spoons and trinkets.

Esther-Sandler_Souvenir-Spoons_Gday-small Esther-Sandler_Souvenir-Spoons-smallHours of humble hand-workmanship are celebrated in Megan McNeill’s latch hooked welcome mat and the intricate, illustrations by Edith Rewa Barrett that parallel botanical illustrations.

Then, bridging the gap between the handmade and mechanised, Loredana Camarata’s digitally printed and embroidered wall hanging and Stephanie Rushworth’s machine embroidered patches demonstrate a creative fusing of past and future technologies.

Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?!

Stephanie Rushworth_Illustrations and embroidered Patches
When does this exhibition open?

  • Opening night: 6pm – 8pm on 6th November with drinks provided by Two Birds Brewing
  • Exhibition runs until November 30th
  • Gallery is open Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat, 11-4pm

And where can I find it?

  • Little Woods Gallery, 1 Langridge St, Collingwood VIC


Images supplied by artist, Esther Sandler for use on The Wild Hideaway


Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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