Mesh Mash is a social enterprise that empowers young people aged 12-25 to respond to social, environmental or political themes through their art practice. Quality limited edition printed clothing, homewares and accessories are produced from the design studio based in Laverton in Melbourne's inner west.
In June 2018 Mesh Mash and Woods Street Arts Space, Laverton hosted an Artist in Residence program in partnership with the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE), Deakin University.
Brandi Salmon (Wiradjuri) and Paula Reeve (Gunditjmara) were guest artists. They both had just completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts at Deakin University and were seeking further opportunities to expand their art practice in a professional setting. The Artists in Residence program enabled the artists to have a dedicated workshop space with equipment and materials to create new work as well as develop new skills. The artists engaged in printmaking workshops and hosted an artist talk and community workshop as part of the residency period.
View a short video about the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) Artists residency here
Mesh Mash was founded in late 2014. It grew from the strategic program ‘I am Local’ aimed at engaging local young people held at Woods Street Arts Space, Laverton. The program was supported by the Hobsons Bay City Council’s Mayoral program as the need for young people engagement had been identified through Council’s social planning and the latest census data.
After trialling some initiatives with a mixture of success, a print-making studio was developed to empower young participants to own their ideas a way of owning their ideas diversify the way they made art while making sellable products. This process also included business development learnings.
Young people engaged in the program, the ‘The Foundation Crew’ called this new program, ‘Mesh Mash’ which can be translated as the fine mesh of a print making screen alongside the design process, which is all about collaboration and mashing ideas together. Mesh Mash as a social enterprise was born.
Find out more about Mesh Mash at www.meshmashdesign.com.au or facebook: facebook.com/meshmashproject.
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