Bloom into spring

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

SPRING has sprung in­side Crown Perth, with six flo­ral in­stal­la­tions in bloom across the com­plex cre­ated by artist Ma­rina Lom­merse and in­te­rior de­signer Hay­ley Curnow.

The pair, who met at Curtin Univer­sity, has cre­ated more than 800 hand­made, hand-dyed flow­ers from fine Ital­ian crepe paper, trac­ing paper, bak­ing paper and net­ting.

Curnow said she had worked col­lab­o­ra­tively with Lom­merse for sev­eral years, de­liv­er­ing mixed me­dia in­stal­la­tions about their shared love of colour, spa­tial de­sign and flow­ers.

Their com­mis­sioned work at Crown Perth is the fourth in a se­ries called The Lan­guage of Flow­ers and will be dis­played un­til Novem­ber 8.

“We are build­ing on the nar­ra­tive so far, ex­tend­ing the de­light that our pre­vi­ous in­stal­la­tions have brought to the pub­lic and breath­ing new life into this project with the in­tro­duc­tion of new colours, flower va­ri­eties, green­ery and some of Ma­rina’s stun­ning botan­i­cal wa­ter­colours,” Curnow said.

“This in­stal­la­tion cel­e­brates spring rac­ing with the colours, en­ergy, warmth and spirit of spring.

“We’ve been work­ing since June, vis­it­ing the site, de­vel­op­ing the brief with Crown, pre­par­ing a con­cept and mak­ing, mak­ing, mak­ing.

“We’re an odd cou­ple but a dy­namic duo who work to­gether to bal­ance the com­plex­i­ties of the project and en­joy the process of ex­per­i­ment­ing with colour com­bi­na­tions, ma­te­ri­als and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques.”

Lom­merse said the big­gest chal­lenge was mak­ing a large quan­tity of flow­ers – about 1600 – in the time­frame, as they were all labour in­ten­sive, tak­ing any­where from 10 min­utes to 20 hours each.

The crepe paper used is shipped from Italy.

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In­te­rior de­signer Hay­ley Curnow and artist Ma­rina Lom­merse have cre­ated flo­ral in­stal­la­tions to cel­e­brate spring at Crown Perth. Pic­ture: David Baylis

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