Due to the developing COVID outbreak, this exhibition has been delayed until 2022.
We will announce a new date when the situation regarding travel restrictions is clearer.
I’ve been waiting some years for the right space for an exhibition to present itself. I recently met Southern Highlands Interior Designer Luci Carney, and she showed me her space Luci.D Interiors in Moss Vale. It was perfect; not too big and not too small. Great street frontage and close enough to our Sydney and Southern Highlands clients to visit. Best of all, she was happy for Hape and I to attend the exhibition space so that we can talk to our clients.
Sculpture/carver Hape Kiddle is a great friend of our workshop. We are brothers in craft. His work perfectly relates to our furniture. When I asked Hape to be involved, he said “That’s a no-brainer, mate” in his laconic way. The exhibition Confluence was born.
We felt the space needed some art on the walls that complimented our furniture and Hape’s sculptures. I mentioned this to Luci and she introduced me to Rob Russell of Umber Aboriginal Art. Rob looked at examples of the work that we were proposing to exhibit and immediately suggested Warlpiri Artist Mary Brown Napangadi’s latest collection Symbolism. When we saw examples of Mary’s work, we were very excited.
Hape and I think it’s a great honour to have Mary exhibiting with us. We’ve never met her and sadly she won’t see the exhibition. Before I was a furniture designer/maker, I was a bush pilot. At different times I was based in Bourke, Dubbo and Augustus Downs (100km’s south of Bourketown in the Gulf). One of my favorite jobs was flying mining equipment from Adelaide “straight-up-the-guts” to Mt Isa. We would then fly on to Normanton and pick up a load of mud crabs and fly back to our home-base in Dubbo. I’ve looked down on the arid interior of Australia from 9,000 feet and seen the landscape depicted in Mary’s paintings.
From Dunstone Design’s perspective, this is a chance for us to show our work as a true collection. Yes, we already have a showroom, but space is limited and it’s hard to show a narrative. Confluence is a collection of the work that excites us. We have used our best timbers and we have made work that is un-restrained. This is our aesthetic, our thoughts on craftsmanship and our love of timber as a medium on full display. This is the furniture that we want to live with.