Spacecraft Studio

Visit Spacecraft Studio with OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE + Receive 20% off in-store

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Visit the Spacecraft Studio this Sunday, July 31 as a part of Open House Melbourne. Our light filled studio is a part of a refurbished post war building built for the British paint company Goodlass Wall and redesigned by John Wardle Architects (JWA). Our neighbours John Wardle Architects and Bus Projects will also be hosting tours of their spaces, making this a great opportunity to visit our creative precinct. 

JWA occupies the upper two levels of our building. The energy of architectural production is concentrated on the open plan of the first level. The upper level provides a range of spaces, including a roof terrace and kitchen garden, for diverse kinds of engagement. Our studio and and Bus Projects, an independent arts organisation involved in supporting the critical, conceptual and interdisciplinary practices of Australian artists, are at the ground level with laneway access, which provides a perfect venue for the overflow of guests on the opening night of each new exhibition.

To celebrate Open House Melbourne, Stewart and Danica will be printing the inaugural run of our newest Botanical print this Sunday. The Botanical, Fatsia Japonica, sourced from the JWA designed planters outside the studio will be printed as yardage while we give you a tour of the architect designed studio and our art and design practice. 

Visit us at 25 Rokeby Street between 10am and 4pm for an Open House Melbourne tour with Stewart and Danica. 

All visitors to the studio during Open House will receive 20% off in-store at 225 Gertrude Street on all Spacecraft design products (excludes artworks). 

SMALL ARTWORK Studio Launch + Introductory Sale

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Spacecraft is launching its latest range, Spacecraft SMALL Artwork with an introductory studio sale this Saturday July 23 and continue in-store Sunday July 24.  

The Spacecraft SMALL Artwork collection is an exciting new development in Spacecraft’s range, offering an affordable artwork solution. Spacecraft SMALL Artwork will complete intimate spaces and form a building block for you to create an artwork wall to express your unique sense of style.

Join us at our Collingwood Studio this Saturday for the launch of Spacecraft SMALL Artwork, with our INTRODUCTORY SALE. Each of our three 7m x 2m print tables will be covered with small artwork, stretched and ready for you to take home. SMALL Artwork will be available at 225 Gertrude Street at introductory prices on Sunday 24 July. 

Small Artwork in signature Studio Backing Cloth and Botanical Series will be available from $125.

SMALL Artwork Launch and Introductory Sale

Saturday 23 July
10am – 4pm
25 Rokeby Street, Collingwood

Sunday 24 July
11am - 5pm
225 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 

New cushion collection - Interview with Spacecraft’s maker Rosanna Ford

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Rosie joined Spacecraft two years ago after graduating form the prestigious Central St Martins in London and working in fashion and textiles in India and New York. Rosie collaborates with the print studio to create designs that optimise our signature prints.

Tell me a little about the new range of cushions

The latest range of cushions are textured neutrals, created from locally sourced vintage fabrics. Creams, greys, blushes and blacks in velvets and cords are rich in their simplicity and perfect for the somber winter weather.

Why the change in direction from prints?

It’s not so much a change in direction but a range that compliments the prints already in-store. The rich textures of the fabrics and the neutral colour palette compliment Spacecraft’s classic printed and hand-woven cushions. We are always investigating new ways of making, integrating the production and design processes.  This time we have sourced vintage fabrics to create a new look.  Although it’s a much more time consuming process to source vintage fabrics, the quality of the fabrics is much better and it is more environmentally sustainable.  It’s hard to find velvets made from natural fibres being produced nowadays but each of the vintage velvets and cords in the new range are 100% cotton. By using fabrics that are already in existence we use up resources instead of contributing to the fast production and consumption cycle and avoiding further contributing to environmental degradation. Using vintage fits in well with our approach to responsible and sustainable design.

We chose richly textured fabrics in neutrals that would sit well with our existing collection. We wanted to create a look that would compliment our range of prints and be warming during the winter months and transition easily into spring. Its always interesting to add a new fabric finish and the velvets in neutral colours tone down our busier prints. The velvet cushions work similarly to our metallics in that they are really responsive to their environment, reflecting the tones of different light sources so they transform over the day with changes in sunlight as well as depending on what they are situated next to.

What were you thinking about when you chose this direction?

Two things mainly, the most recent A.P.C. home collection and the nostalgia of velvet. The A.P.C. home collection has a lot of contrast with soft, earthy colours and I am attracted to the timelessness of those colours and combinations. We’ve followed that through with a high degree of contrast between the very pale cream and the black with two mid-tones in between. Velvet for me is very nostalgic. Growing up in the UK we had a brown velvet couch from the 70s that was relegated to the kids room. And speaking to our other staff members, a lot of us had similar experiences with having memories of the texture of velvet in our homes as children. It was great to be able to incorporate that sentimentality into a new design. Combining all of these inspirations and memories into a contemporary cushion that can be incorporated in with other people’s objects and can become a part of their memories is very satisfying. 

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The new range of cushions in vintage, textured neutrals is available in-store at 225 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Visit us in-store to view the full range. 

JOIN US at DENFAIR: NEW ARTWORK LAUNCH

Spacecraft will be unveiling a new series of work at DENFAIR curated design event June 2 - 4, before they arrive at 225 Gertrude Street. DENFAIR offers a fine selection of the best in contemporary furniture & design, lighting, textile & soft furnishings, home product design and homewares. 

One of Spacecraft's latest Studio Backing Cloth Series, to be launched at DENFAIR 2 - 4 June.

One of Spacecraft's latest Studio Backing Cloth Series, to be launched at DENFAIR 2 - 4 June.

Our latest Studio Backing Cloth Series invite us all to consider what’s around us, to find poetry and serendipity in the everyday. We consider innovation to be central to our ambitions and critical to the ultimate success of any artwork we produce. These paintings record the production values and methodologies we explore in testing the boundaries of screen printing & our own skills. The backing cloth paintings teach us to embrace unexpected juxtapositions and to innovate in response to opportunities. As everyone in the studio is involved in the production of the backing cloth, these paintings add value to the teams input and acknowledge their involvement in shaping the realisation of this artwork, our projects and our future.

DENFAIR is a design event dedicated to tailoring authentic design to design professionals. DENFAIR will open its doors to the public for one day only on the 4th of June. Click here to read more and book your ticket. 

Current Backing Cloth Paintings are available to view online here and in-store. Visit us at 225 Gertrude Street for an artwork consultation or to arrange a studio visit to view Backing Cloth Artworks in progress at the Spacecraft print studio.

 

Behind The Scenes at Spacecraft Studio + New Printed Cushions

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A crazy week of printing sees the backing cloth on our third table developing an interesting patina. Traditionally it's the table that takes the longest time to saturate as it's furthest from the print screen wash out. It's proximity to the design area means there are always lots of original ideas, drawings and notation on this table. Prints on the upcoming backing cloth series include hotel projects in Japan and Perth, a wallpaper for an upcoming show at the MCA, Northern Rosella and tests for new work showing at the Ian Potter Museum in July.   

Stewart and Danica printing in the studio.

Stewart and Danica printing in the studio.

Current Backing Cloth Artworks are available to view online and in-store. Visit us at 225 Gertrude Street for an artwork consultation or to arrange a studio visit to view Backing Cloth Artworks in progress at the Spacecraft print studio.


NEW at 225 Gertrude Street: BIRD PRINTED CUSHION COLLECTION

Spacecraft's latest collection of printed cushions are now available in-store at 225 Gertrude Street. Influenced by our Bird Artworks (Ornithology Series) cushions are now available in Northern Rosella print on linen. Hand crafted entirely in Collingwood and Fitzroy, our cushions are printed in the studio and then sewn by designer Rosanna Ford who carefully places prints for varied effects before she cuts and stitches each design.  

Spacecraft's latest Ornithology series, metallic, handloomed and patchwork cushions.

Spacecraft's latest Ornithology series, metallic, handloomed and patchwork cushions.

Cushions are available in sizes small, medium and large or can be custom ordered. Visit us at 225 Gertrude Street to view the latest collection.

 

Ornithology Update + Cushion Giveaway

Our latest in the Ornithology Series reinterprets our popular Northern Rosella with a striking gold and black colour palette printed on linen. Achieved by laying down Spacecraft's trademark hand pressed metallic gold surface and hand printing a halftone screen print of the Northern Rosella in black. By experimenting with materials and colours, the photograph of the Rosella from 1961 transforms to become a feature artwork with a contemporary look and feel. 

(Detail) Northern Rosella Gold, our latest in the Ornithology Series.

(Detail) Northern Rosella Gold, our latest in the Ornithology Series.

Bird Artworks (Ornithology Series) are available to view online here and in-store. Visit us at 225 Gertrude Street for an artwork consultation or email us to view a high resolution image. 


CUSHION GIVEAWAY Tag us to Win!  

Intsatagram a photo of Spacecraft's stand and tag us @spacecraft_studio during your visit to DENFAIR to go into the running to win this Spacecraft metallic copper and handloomed patchwork cushion duo worth $320. 

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The winner will be announced via Instagram Saturday 4 June - follow @spacecraft_studio to find out if you have won!