The Sydney Road Window Gallery is a street front exhibition featuring local artists in the windows of local retailers. For one day, members of the public were able to watch windows along Brunswick’s shopping strip transformed into original works of art. Emily was pretty pumped to be invited to be part of the inaugural Sydney Road Window Gallery, big thank you to Dean’s Art Supplies for the paints and Chad O’Brien who helped tape and paint up the geometric shapes…
This month, SURFACE 1°22 was invited by the City of Wagga Wagga to design and install a series of three artworks in the Sister City Walkway as part of its 2017 public art program. This site specific public artwork celebrates Wagga Wagga’s special relationship with its three sister cities – Kunming 24 ° N 102 ° E (China), Leavenworth 39 ° N 94 ° W (USA) and Nordlingen 48 ° N 10 ° E (Germany).
Designer Emily Wills drew inspiration for the wallpaper style artworks from the City of Wagga Wagga’s civic collection of cultural artefacts and travel memorabilia from the Sister City Committee members. Fusing visual communication with her fascination of the applied arts, Emily enhanced a public space through ornamentation and decoration. The Sister City Walkway, wrapped in colour and pattern, celebrates spaces, places and cultural exchange.
I love ornamentation and decoration. I believe there’s a rebirth in the Arts and Crafts movement, but with added geometricity. I want to make spaces, surfaces and objects interesting. I want to enhance the environment, and create enjoyable sensory perception. Put on a pair of pattern-coloured glasses to unconsciously influence people through design. Change and influence mood through decorative environments.
I’m trained as a printed textile designer, but I’m ready to get these patterns on a variety of surfaces. Walls. Let me on your walls. Paint. Wallpaper. Vinyl decal. Our first proposal was to Mono Store in Busselton, Western Australia. Next…? Let’s see where this goes.