Tantri Mustika + Ella Reweti’s Experimental New Present For Melbourne Design Week!

Though Tantri Mustika and Ella Reweti solely began engaged on their joint exhibition in January, the idea of collaborating on a present is one thing they’ve eagerly mentioned for ‘years’.

As full time makers — who depend on productiveness and output to pay the payments — taking time to delve into experimentation and tackle a ardour mission was at all times one thing that acquired pushed to the facet.

‘The frequent theme between each Ella and I — and just about each single maker I do know — is that it’s simply so troublesome to really discover the house, time, psychological readability and monetary safety to take dangers in your daily observe,’ says Tantri. 

The truth is, that is precisely the premise for his or her Melbourne Design Week present, ‘Making House’; which sees the duo lastly come collectively as makers to experiment with artistic ideas which have been sitting on the back-burner for years, and merge these outdated concepts with new strategies. 

‘Engaged on a ardour mission is at all times a breath of recent air,’ says Tantri. ‘It has unlocked an online of latest concepts for future works, and the most effective half has been difficult my abilities and pushing past my normal consolation zones, which has allowed me a brand new mind-set about my work.’

‘I’ve learnt that I really like collaborating!’, says Ella. ‘I didn’t realise how a lot I craved the corporate till Tantri got here in and we acquired to hang around and make issues collectively. I additionally acquired to study extra about hand-building strategies and processes like color clay and marbling, which I’m new to.’ 

Ella has created two expansive works for the exhibition. The primary is a group of sculptural ceramic items, slip-cast utilizing a set of stackable plaster constructing blocks, dubbed ‘Statement Metropolis’. These building-like types have been individually solid from over fifty completely different timber items.

Ella’s second work — a wall of hand-pressed, corrugated terracotta tiles —  titled ‘Facade’, is predicated on an idea for a public art work Ella had been commissioned to create that was sadly cancelled as a result of pandemic. ‘Dropping this chance was actually devastating on the time,’ she says. ‘So it’s fairly cathartic to lastly see an iteration of it come to life.’ 

Tantri has additionally created a lot of works for the present, introduced collectively in two separate collection. The primary is known as ‘Beautiful Corpse’ and is comprised of three items that draw inspiration from the French collaborative drawing sport ‘Cadavre Exquis’, with every work constructed upon a immediate taken from the earlier one. 

Marmoreal’ is the second collection of items, every intricately and richly adorned with colored marbled checkers. 

‘On the finish of 2022 I began to essentially undergo the consequences of great burnout,’ says Tantri. ‘I’ve since then utterly re-shaped how I run my enterprise… I really feel like I’ve utterly re-connected with my craft by means of play and exploration.’ 


Be a part of us at The Design Information’ gallery for the opening evening of ‘Making House’, subsequent Thursday 18 Could, from 5.30pm! 

‘Making House’
New works by Tantri Mustika and Ella Reweti

The Design Information Gallery
14 Little Oxford road,
Collingwood, VIC 

Opening evening:
Thursday Could 18, 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

Exhibition dates:
Friday Could 19, 10am – 5pm
Saturday Could 20, 10am – 5pm
Sunday Could 22, 11am – 4pm
Monday Could 22 – Wednesday Could 24, open by appointment