The selection displays a distinct sense of cultural consciousness, as it mixes mid to late 20th century structures cherished by a diverse range of people, for one reason or another, with the long-revered and notably high brow Victorian architecture prevalent in this proud Goldfields city. In amongst the collection of images there is also the Eureka flag, boldly proclaiming the democratic rights so long engrained in the psyche and identity of this historic Australian city.
The prevalence, duplication and inversion of the kitsch (Kryal Castle) and the controversial (Civic Hall), as well as the centrality of the two, adds an extra dimension of visual interest to the work. Given there's a 'Historic Urban Landscapes' symposium on 'Revitalising Historic Cities' being held at the Ballarat Art Gallery this very week, one can not help but think that this is rather stunning timing for the emergence of such a creative statement.
In the meantime, Polly Prov can not wait to see what type of garment the talented young Thurstin and his collaborating fashion designer have chosen to best display this cheeky fabric at Saturday's catwalk show.
Beyond the immediate purpose of adding good cheer and a dash of political spunk to the Collidescope 'Art as Fashion' catwalk show and film series, this print has a clear relevance to a city in which lively debates are consistently occurring regarding the mixing of old and new structures and indeed old and new values.
Polly Prov would not be at all surprised to see this noteworthy selection of images cropping up on cushion covers, bed linen, tea-towels and curtains in many a private home, and public space, in the not too distant future. Thurstin is hoping to launch it for a variety of uses, allowing the sort of flexibility and range of choice the consumer market appreciates. All strength to our newly emerging creative youth!
Collidescope's (three) catwalk shows will be happening at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute (the motto for which happens to be 'Enlivening our present by illuminating our past') on Saturday, 21st February 2015. Tickets are available online at http://www.collidescope.org or 'instore' @ Rings on her Fingers, 10 Doveton Street, Ballarat or @ 323 Hair, 323 Mair Street, Ballarat. $15 Child or Concession/$25 adults and $20 for the After Party.