Sunday, February 28, 2010

Heather Lighton

Heather Lighton is an artist and designer whose work is often centered around pop culture, celebrity, low culture and femininity. Based in Melbourne, she has exhibited at Blindside Gallery and TwentyByThirty. Heather has a BA in Fine Art (Media Arts) and a Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and is currently completing a degree in Communication Design at Swinburne.

Lifestyle Fantasy, 2010, calico, bias tape, fabric marker, sequin

Lifestyle Fantasy is about the perceived status that one acquires through the ownership of a ‘luxury handbag’. I was thinking about big brand collaboration. I was imagining a bag plastered with every big brand logo and the amount of supposed status that could be acquired for the owner.

I am also interested in the idea of a brand battle. If two bags looked the same and one was Chanel and the other Prada which would you choose? Which brand lifestyle would you prefer to buy into?

I also wanted to explore the anxieties we have from the focus we have on how others perceive us... and our bags.

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is a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

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comprises of two vending machines strategically placed in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD. Containing limited edition 'fashion objects' produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, the vending machines are activated when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The exhibition explores alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of 'fashion dialogue'. More broadly, it thinks through discourses around public space and the role that fashion might play in it.

1 - 31 March 2010

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