Our Beautiful New Coat, Looking for Utopia plus Tom Polo & Sarah Contos
The beautiful longline Helena Coat is crafted in a high texture olive green wool-blend coating sourced from a family owned Italian wool mill which has been operating since the 1940's.
The coat has an elegant lapel collar and a single Corozo button exterior closure with an internal button if you want to sharpen the silhouette. It has practical side pockets and is fully lined in a silky feel cupro.
The olive tone is a great contemporary neutral which works back well with many colours and tones and makes a nice departure from black.
The Helena Coat is lovingly made in our Ethical Clothing Australia certified factory located in Melbourne. Each garment is sewn by one of our incredible machinists that have over 20 years industry experience.
Jess Scully has over a 20 year career as a curator and writer in media and the arts. She was the Editor of creative culture publications Yen, Empty, SummerWinter and Hotpress. Jess was the founding director of Australia's largest creative industries event Vivid Ideas.
She has been a policy advisor to the NSW Minister for the Arts, a founding contributor to the Sydney Culture Network, directed the Qantas Spirit of Australia Youth Awards and is currently the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Jess' debut book Glimpses of Utopia is asking us what can we do to upgrade the operating systems of our society and she says plenty!
"Meet the care workers reclaiming control in India and Lebanon, the people turning slums into safe havens in Kenya and Bangladesh, and champions of people-powered digital democracy in Iceland and Taiwan. There are radical bankers funding renewable energy in the USA and architects redesigning real estate in Australia, new payment systems in Italy and the Philippines that keep money in local communities, and innovators redesigning taxation to cut pollution and incentivise creative solutions."
Jess introduces Glimpses of Utopia as a call for optimism and says that we can reshape our world to be fair and sustainable by harnessing technology and imagination.
Commit to a Feeling by Tom Polo. Acrylic and flashe on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and Station Gallery
Melbourne's Station Gallery has just opened an exhibition with two amazing contemporary Australian artists.
Sydney based Tom Polo who is known for his colourful, theatrical style figurative works of accessible yet complex characters has exhibited internationally and in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, ACCA, the MCA and QUT Art Museum.
In 2015 Tom was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and has completed residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and ACME Studios in London, Artspace in Sydney and in 2018 at the Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy.
His new show called Exit Strategy is available to view by appointment or digitally at Station Gallery Melbourne here.
The Red Shoes (after Kate Bush) by Sarah Contos. Oil on wood acrylic on screen printed canvas on canvas poly fibre. Image courtesy of Station Gallery.
Sarah Contos uses an incredibly diverse array of findings to present her visual art work which is mostly character based. Using painting, textiles, print and found objects Sarah creates a fantasy world of unique characters and imagery. Some may feel familiar like images from film or history but she works them in to a new narrative.
Sarah has exhibited work in Australia at the National Gallery of Australia, Carriageworks, MOP Projects, First Draft, Art Gallery of South Australia and HEIDE MoMA. Her awards include the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (Sculpture) and the Ramsay Art Prize and in 2019 completed a Studio Scholarship at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris.
Her new exhibition titled My Friend, Lavender is available to view by appointment or digitally at Station Gallery Melbourne here.
Stay well, from all of us at Arnsdorf X