Featuring in Melbourne Design Week 2022 is an exhibition of works in timber, steel and ceramic designed by John Wardle and Simon Lloyd.
In realising their designs, John and Simon have worked with twenty-five local makers for this exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art and reveal the talent and skill of a range of makers from Melbourne, regional Victoria and Hobart.
A passion project influenced by a fascination for making and craft, the exhibition brings together works designed both individually and collectively through many conversations and a platform of shared drawings. It celebrates the skills of many.
Each carefully designed and beautifully crafted object finds its home in McGlashan and Everist’s iconic building at Heide II – 'a gallery to be lived in'.
Titled Relatively Useful, the exhibition is an appreciation of the nature & quality of materials and the care shown in how they are employed that tells a story about the value placed on objects beyond practicality.
The following is an excerpt from Reasons to be Useful, an essay by Rachel Hurst featured in the Relatively Useful catalogue.