Vision Australia artists on the Fringe

24 September 2019

Artists taking part in Vision Australia’s woodwork course in Kensington are showcasing their expertise at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Underway until September 29, the Fringe Furniture exhibition at the Melbourne Fringe shows off more than 130 cutting-edge designed pieces from artists, including from those who are blind or have low vision.  

One artist and Vision Australia woodwork client who has submitted her own works to the Fringe festival is Jane.

Jane’s submissions to the Melbourne Fringe include an insect house, providing habitat for beneficial insects in an organic, permaculture garden, which seeks to increase biodiversity within a balanced ecosystem.

Using old red gum house stumps, Jane also created a jewellery box from a number of disparate timbers, glued together in a unified cube, which was then cut to shape on a bandsaw.

An insect house made up of different materials such as wood, bamboo, and recycled materials

[PD: An insect house made up of different materials such as wood, bamboo, and recycled materials]

A smooth wooden crafted jewellery box curved, with two open sliding drawer compartments.

[PD: A smooth wooden crafted jewellery box curved, with two open sliding drawer compartments]

“I went on a tactile tour of the Fringe Furniture exhibition in 2018. So engaged and inspired was I, I decided people in my Vision Australia woodwork class should get involved for this year,” Jane said.

“I have been a student of the Vision Australia woodwork class for three years and they have been so supportive, empowering and inspiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills, being more self-sufficient and creatively expressing myself.”

The Melbourne Fringe festival runs until September 29.

If you want to get up close and personal with the creations by Jane and other Vision Australia clients or to book a ticket for the Fringe Furniture tactile tour on Wednesday, September 25 or Saturday, September 28, click here.