You don’t often affiliate the Nationwide Library of Australia with breathtaking moments the place trend and artwork collide.
However for those who sprint into the library lobby between now and subsequent Thursday, March 11, you will discover an awfully lovely exhibit through which Australian clothier Nicky Zimmermann pays homage to 19th Century Australian artist Ellis Rowan.
Unique to the NLA, the exhibit contains a assortment of beautiful Zimmermann designs from the label’s Spring 21 assortment, Wild Botanica, displayed alongside the Ellis Rowan artworks which impressed every explicit design.
In some ways Zimmermann has introduced the paintings to life, creating 3-D butterflies and flowers, intricately stitched to lovely printed silks and organza.
“I’ve at all times been drawn to botanical artwork—for just a few seasons I’ve needed to work with it however struggled with the scientific aesthetic and what we may do with it. I got here throughout a e book known as The Flower Hunter which had works from a trailblazing Australian artist and explorer from the flip of the final century, Ellis Rowan,” stated Nicky.
“It actually resonated with me—it was emotive artwork and really Australian—I recognised the crops and birds and I cherished the way in which she painted with such a female hand. I believed her paintings could be wonderful to use to clothes. We had been lucky to convey ten of her artworks to life within the prints with the help of The Nationwide Library in Australia and others.”
The Nationwide Library of Australia holds the most important archive of Ellis Rowan’s paintings and has exhibited a lot of her work prior to now, along with publishing books on Rowan’s life.
You may as well see extra of the artist’s work within the Birds of Paradise: Ellis Rowan in New Guinea exhibition at present on within the Treasures Gallery till 28 March.
The Ellis Rowan Assortment contains greater than 900 works painted over half a century from the 1860s. Her work primarily depict Australian wildflowers, in addition to birds of paradise from Papua New Guinea. View the Nationwide Library’s Ellis Rowan digital assortment through the Nationwide Library’s catalogue.
In late 2020, Zimmermann kindly donated funds to the Nationwide Library in order that Ellis Rowan’s private letters and journal, in addition to extra of the work of trend photographer Athol Shmith, may very well be digitised.
You’ll be able to learn an interview through which Nicky speaks instantly of the artistic course of here.
Guests to the Nationwide Library can see the Zimmermann + Ellis Rowan show day by day from 8.30 am to 5 pm until 11 March.
The Library lobby will likely be open on the Canberra Day public vacation on Monday 8 March.