Paula Dunlop is an artist, designer and maker based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia. She has a persistent interest in materiality and making — our understandings of, and engagements with, the material ‘stuff’ of the world. Her work often explores the physical and cultural locations of making, and how we make (and are simultaneously made) by the practices, spaces and things we engage with. She is drawn in particular to quotidian materials and objects, and the histories and traditions of creative work undertaken in domestic settings.
Dunlop holds a diploma in Visual Art, and a BFA (fashion design) with honours. In 2009 she co-founded the community fashion and art group The Stitchery Collective, and completed a practice-led PhD at the Queensland University of Technology in 2011. In 2015 she launched her eponymous jewellery line. Her art and design work has been shown in galleries throughout Australia, including Artisan (Brisbane), Object Gallery (Sydney) and Craft Victoria (Melbourne), and internationally at the Harbour Art Fair (Hong Kong), Space 776 (New York City), and Compere Collective (New York City). Her wearables are stocked in various gallery and museum stores in Australia, and at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
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