I customised this Weet-Bix box last week alongside a host of other creatives for a charity auction that is currently live on eBay. All proceed go towards ReachOut Australia so head on over HERE and bid on a one of a kind paper creation by yours truly! My creation comes mounted on an angle on its own stand supported by a perspex rod.
Tonight, I have been invited to share my work, process and all round love of paper in a speech to be held at Sydney design studio Frost* as part of DeFrost* – an ongoing series of talks by some of Australia’s leading creative thinkers. My blurb below >>
“Today the creative industry is highly influenced and challenged by a broad group of specialists. The combination of unique experiences, the high detail in-depth creative knowledge and the multiple points of view are transforming the industry into a more robust and dynamic ecosystem. So, how does Benja Harney’s niche work contribute to this, and how does diversity impact and strengthen the creative community in Australia and the world?
Come and join us at deFrost* #38 and let Benja Harney inspire and surprise you with some of his best reflections. As a pioneer in the paper engineering field and with over 10 years of experience, Benja has pushed the boundaries exploring the possibilities of the paper medium to create brilliant and unique projects. – “Harney makes anything and everything possible within this endlessly inventive material.”
Hope to see you there!
I have been invited to create a piece for China Heights’ end of year group show ‘Works on Paper’ alongside a host of talented artists. The show opens tomorrow night at China Heights from 6pm.
I created this small mask – a study of African Yoruba Gelede Apasa headdress that I saw in Paris at Musée du quai Branley a few years back.
Fantastic way to round out the year! See you there.
Very excited to share our recent collaboration for leading Australian brand Alice McCall.
Paperform was invited to create the windows for the boutiques across Australia. You can see a more detailed set of photos HERE.
An amazing honour this morning to help Anna and Luke from Romance Was Born with the set for their Cooee Couture show as part of Fashion Week. Some impeccable set design by Alice Babidge and Robin Hearfield. An incredible experience installing my work in the salon of the Art Gallery of NSW alongside some of our country’s most treasured paintings! When I get a chance I’ll upload the BTS pics. Cooee!
This lobster is a recent commission for Adidas Australia and Adidas Originals to launch their collaboration with Pharrell and his rainbow spectrum of Supercolor trainers.
I love doing projects like this because I get to indulge my passion for Antiques Roadshow and engineer a bonkers Japanese Lacquerware Inrō meets 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea mashup in the form of a superstar crustacean. Got to be one of my most favourite creations ever. He’ll be on disply here in Sydney soon so I’ll keep you all posted.
Also a fun fact I discovered during my research >> genetically, one in every two million lobsters is blue!
Have just installed a Jenny Kee Aussie bush floral bonanza in the huge graphic window of Melbourne’s contemporary jewellery space, Pieces of Eight – conveniently located next to Neapoli.
Celebrating the 2015 relaunch of Jenny’s iconic knits entitled ‘A New Beginning’, our display – inspired by Jenny’s passion for native flora – will be up for the next six weeks and forms part of the cultural program of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. The brilliant artist/jeweller Kate Rohde has a concurrent exhibition running in the space.
What a great honour to collaborate with some of this country’s leading creative forces!
Melburnians – go and check it out. More pics soon.