In 2014, as part of Canberra Design Festival, five interdisciplinary designers were invited to reinterpret the rich craftsmanship of Old Parliament House. Each were allocated a specific room and were asked to choose one aspect of design from the House they would like to respond to. Through my research, I was drawn to the craftsmanship and line work of the original furniture designs created for Parliament House by architect John Smith Murdoch. For this work I commissioned the specialist skills of a Master embroiderer Ragat Jain based in Delhi, India. In this work, the stitch came to signify a changing modern multi-cultural Australia. The presence of the textile was powerful in the space, the subtle stitch work embodied the politics of migration and the beauty another culture can bring to our own.
Project Outcome / Public Dissemination:Traceries was exhibited in Bespoke: Design for the People, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 2014-2015. Curated by Gabrielle Edwards, Interpretation Curator, MoAD, in collaboration with Anne Radimin, curator Craft ACT.