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Handmade Universe: From craft to code and the spaces between

24 June 2022, 10:00am26 February 2023, 6:00pm
BookingsNo bookings required
Location Victoria Gallery
Entry via North Rotunda
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Not all discoveries are heroic and recorded in books. Some emerge in backyards, lounge rooms and quiet corners, encoded in knitting, embroidery and other creations made by hand.

Handmade Universe: From craft to code and the spaces between is a brand new exhibition that celebrates the rewards of making and the limitless scope it offers for invention and enquiry.

In a Library-first, seven artists, designers and makers will present newly commissioned works to sit alongside 68 rare and remarkable items from State Library Victoria and other collections.

Ranging across disciplines – from craft to coding to astronomy to botany – these items shine a spotlight on the stories of women and how the intimate act of making can be a powerful way of connecting with universal themes of place, culture and identity.

A highlight is the ambitious work of Deanna Hitti: A is for Alam (pen): the object, the language, the archive – a room-sized installation comprising 156 panels of printed cyanotypes, one of the oldest photographic printing methods. The prints fold down into an artist book, hinting at Deanna’s skill as a bookmaker and binder. Responding to Western portrayals of Middle Eastern culture, Deanna’s work draws on her Lebanese heritage to explore her multicultural identity and pose questions about what it means to be Australian.

Featuring collection items that have never been on display before and new artworks inspired by the exhibition, Handmade Universe adds knowledge and perspectives to the State Collection which haven’t been well represented in the past.

Stay tuned to hear about the other featured artists, who will be announced soon.