Last Friday saw Melbourne Indesign 2016 ambassador Simone LeAmon takeover of the official Indesign: The Event Instagram account, for an insight into her busy world. Check out the page for a look at what she got up to, or read below for an overview of what Simone got up to!
9.00am at NGV: Some quiet time at my desk before the phone starts to ring and I start running around the Gallery. I have been looking forward to today for weeks as superstar designer, Martí Guixé, is in town to launch Fake Food Park – a large-scale, custom-designed installation especially for kids and families at NGV. Also in town are artists and designers for collection display Art of the Pacific, so today is all about international guest exhibitors.
11.00am: Time to talk to NGV Members about lei in contemporary #Pacific cultural practice. In 2015, I travelled in search of lei garlands for the Art of the Pacific exhibition. Keeping alive customary practices and cultural values that are so important to Pacific society, different designs have come to distinguish Pacific island identities. Here I share some insights into the lei on display and talk about the value of on the ground curatorial research.
1.00pm: I run down to the café and have a cup of tea with Ebonie and artists Ruha Fifita and Robin White. Ebonie is the founder of On the Spot Arts Initiative in Tonga. Her sister Ruha, is a renowned Tongan dancer and artist. In recent years she has collaborated with Robin who is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated contemporary artists. We all spent a memorable time together in Tonga last year. Tomorrow Robin and Ruha’s exhibition Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean opens at the NGV. They have worked closely with the women of Haveluloto village in Tonga to produce awe-inspiring, monumental size ngatu (painted barkcloth). We are all so excited to see each other again.
6.00pm at NGV Clemenger Auditorium: Tonight, I have the honour of introducing and conducting a Q&A with Martí Guixé. Recognised for his innovative approach to commercial products, interiors and food design, Martí’s critical and provocative approach to design is laced with humour. The audience laughs their way through the talk while Martí fights jet-lag. This is his first trip to Australia and I believe he is still mentally getting his head around the long distance flight.
8.00pm til late: Time for Friday night drinks! As a gesture of hospitality I decide to host the many artists and designers in town at my city abode. New Zealand based artists Chris Charteris, Emily Siddell, Mary Ama, Tui Emma Gillies and Sulieti Fiume’a Burrows have all arrived to attend Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day tomorrow at the NGV. Their beautiful lei garlands feature in the exhibition Art of the Pacific. Martí Guixé is still in town and tonight is an excellent opportunity to introduce him to the local design community. Joel Sansom, a young Melbourne designer recently returned from interning in Milan decides to make Martí vegemite on toast. The music is turned up but our international crew grow weary – we need to be back at the NGV at 11am tomorrow for a kava ceremony!