Exterior Motives

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Exterior Motives

EXTERIOR MOTIVES was created with the imagined glow of a post lockdown summer in mind. Allowing for optimism and self-confidence to enrich the way we dress, this collection was inspired by a desire for change and a yearning for freedom.

Unfinished and unrealised ideas are revisited and remixed as a form of self-generated exploration. Time at home has allowed us to rediscover and reflect, to observe how we interact and move between the interior and exterior worlds—to take inspiration from our available surroundings, the here and now, and the everyday.

After several collaborative collections, working in isolation became the literal—Verner focusing instead on her own print design developments and ideas, further exploring the relationship between surface and structural design. Prints feature a combination of styles that are both harmonious as well as unsympathetic and disconnected. This is a bizarre and kitsch nostalgia with clashes of print and vivid monochromatic colour.

Inspiration also comes from the instinctual beauty of professional and personal uniforms; practical garments that we wed our identity to and that serve as both tools and points of expression. Shapes include easy to wear, blown-up utilitarian silhouettes in executive shirting that recycle those inner-city uniforms into something more relaxed. EXTERIOR MOTIVES explores comfortability, confidence, and a rejection of aspirational dress codes.

To sit alongside the in-house prints this season, VERNER begins to define a range of complementary and always available classic shapes. A selection of iconic and in-demand silhouettes complementing the chaos and vibrancy of EXTERIOR MOTIVES.

Additionally, VERNER pushes life at home to its limits, introducing a small offering of homewares pieces and comfort accessories. An intuitive reaction to our newly nested lives and the forced preoccupation with our domestic sphere.

The chaos and vibrancy of EXTERIOR MOTIVES attempts to make the ordinary lovely – but the vivid primary colours, hot pastel tints, and cuts of stark black all speak to an aesthetic strangeness. EXTERIOR MOTIVES is an exploration in colour, print, and form and the relationships they share.

Journeys W. Lisa Waup

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Journeys W. Lisa Waup

This project presents a collaboration between award-winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup and Melbourne based fashion designer Ingrid Verner to create a collection of garments and accessories entitled JOURNEYS. This is the second collection for Waup and Verner who first debuted at Melbourne Fashion Week in 2017. At its core this new collection represent JOURNEYS through history, family and friendship and the connection to country, to past, present and future and the connections between us all. Three original works by Waup—Continuity, Tracing History and Eyes of Our Ancestors, were drawn upon to build the series, drawing from a strong tradition and language of symbols and linking the immediacy of their visual narratives to each piece through print but also extending to the shape and interaction of each piece on the body. Designs take inspiration from the instinctual beauty of professional and personal uniforms; practical garments that we wed our identity to, and serve as both tools and points of expression. The resulting pieces are an experiment in fusing creative practices to find a new shared visual language.

Continuity
Circles run through Waup’s work, her intricate woven objects generally are circular, the motifs and symbols of her drawings represent family. Continuity details without stagnation, unlike a circle the square has resting points, a place to ponder and gather strength to reassess the situation and direction you are going and to give time and space to address options at hand. There is a crossroads, yet the central resting place signifies self, processing where to go now, where to search and where to find peace.

Tracing History
A totem is an object or one from nature that is given at birth either direct symbology through family groups passed down through the generations, detailing connections to sacred elements and animals around them. It is a belonging to family, to the tribe/clan. Tracing History was from a series of drawings Waup had created, at a time when she was searching for family information. It is a manifested totem pole, detailing the connections to all that is around her, adapting to negative and positive aspects of Waup’s life. The monochromatic designs become stepping stones researching missing history, whilst embracing the known and the unknown for what it is and what is will be.

Eyes of Our Ancestors
Representing a mask like image which details the forever presence of waup’s ancestors. They guide her in times of doubt. They look over her when at times she is lost for direction. The image is a presence of eyes taking care of waup and her family.

The colour palette of the collection is drawn in combination from Waup’s monochromatic line work and a desire to reference the australian landscape in unexpected ways. Contrasting red stitching is used to represent the threaded connections and bloodlines of connection to self and family. Both Waup and Verner had the opportunity to work with iconic Melbourne printing studio Spacecraft to hand screen the print Continuity as part of this series. Remnants from the fabrication of the collection have been used by waup to create a series of woven neckpieces, translating the softness of the garments and their bold prints into layered works that reflect on linking the body and adornment and issues of sustainability.

Picture Consequences

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Picture Consequences

PICTURE CONSEQUENCES is the first collaboration between Melbourne designer Ingrid Verner and painter Gian Manik. The two came together to explore their individual work and friendship through a collection that challenges the intentions and messaging of fashion. The resulting pieces are an experiment in fusing creative practices to find a new shared visual language. 

Both Verner and Manik’s work celebrate the natural and unpretentious. They pull away from the clutter of mainstream art and fashion dialogues to celebrate the primary elements of their own worlds. 

Across PICTURE CONSEQUENCES, Verner’s designs take inspiration from the instinctual beauty of professional and personal uniforms; practical garments that we wed our identity to, and serve as both tools and points of expression.

The illusion to workwear is mirrored in Manik’s prints. Inspired by graffiti, studio mess and detritus they allude to the graffiti painter, house painter and artist as painter. In his hands familiar items such as a small man’s suit, polyester party dress and floral jacket are reconsidered through the application of paint, texta and aerosol. They emerge from Manik’s studio reformed and reconsidered.

The resulting collections is an intelligent mediation on the lives, relationships and practices behind art, beyond the finished pieces we interact with daily. And a coded, nuanced celebration of friendship and creativity.

Lisa Waup Collaboration

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Lisa Waup Collaboration

This project presents a collaboration between award-winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup, Melbourne based fashion designer Ingrid Verner and Craft Victoria to create a collection of garments and accessories. 

At its core, this collection represents collaboration, respect and connection. The connection to country, the connection to family and the connections between all of us. Four original works by Waup—Homeward Boundaries, Land Mapping, Family Circles and Protection were drawn upon to build the series, drawing from a strong tradition and language of symbols and linking the immediacy of their visual narratives to each piece through print but also extending to the shape and interaction of each piece on the body. 

‘We are joined through paths that connect and circles that surround and protect. Protective elements detailed in defragmented wooden shields translate to the garments and the body, representing the pinnacle of protection. Protecting the history and story of family from the past to now and to the future to come’—Lisa Waup

The colour palette of the collection is drawn in combination from Waup's monochromatic line work and her desire to reference the reds and greens of the Australian landscape.

Remnants from the fabrication of the collection have used by Waup to create a connected series of woven neckpieces, translating the softness of the garments and their bold prints into layered works that reflect on the linking of the body and adornment and issues of sustainability. 

With the significance of family to this series—Craft invited Lisa's daughter, artist and musician Kaiit Waup to create a series of earrings to compliment the designs. Made from hand shaped silver wire, shells and seeds; the work references Kaiit's connection to her PNG, Torres Strait Islander and Gunditjmara heritage.