resources in design, technology and cultural diversity
The Powerhouse Museum embodies much of the content for Technological
and Applied Studies syllabuses in its mission, collection,
building, exhibition, programs and public profile. Here
is a selection of resources.
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PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
An annual exhibition of the outstanding major design projects
from the previous year HSC Design and Technology students.
China,China: recent works in porcelain by Ah Xian
March - September 2001
A unique display of intricately painted porcelain body-casts
by Chinese-Australian artist Ah Xian.
Australian Design Awards February -April 2001
Recognising excellence in industrial design, furniture,
engineering and software.
Visions of a republic: the work of Lucien Henry
April -October 2001
The French-Australian artist Lucien Henry (1850-96) was
one of the earliest artists to propose a school of Australian
public art, architecture and design. This exhibition explores
his extraordinary life, work and vision and role in creating
an Australian identity.
Lace for Fashion
July - October 2001
Judged for fashion relevance, originality, innovation in
design, use of materials and technique, this exhibition
displays finalists' works from the International Lace for
August - November 2001
Showcases the design and work of one of Australia's most
internationally renowned modern designers.
Ecologic: creating a sustainable future
August 2001 - permanent
Encompassing all aspects of life from house design to public
transport systems, Ecologic explores the concept of redesigning
products and systems to reduce energy consumption and material-flows
through the environment.
Fashion of the year
until October 2001
A selection of contemporary fashion chosen from top local
and international designers of 2000.
Bayagul - contemporary Indigenous communication
Success and Innovation: achieving for Australia
Colonial to Contemporary: a decade of collecting Australian
Innovates:an on-line guide to innovation in Australia's
industries A collection of stories of Australian innovations
that made an impact in the last century. The site is also
a directory of links about Australian Innovation, including
new and emerging innovations. This site was produced with
support from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences
and Engineering. enter>>
AND OTHER PROGRAMS
DesignTech Student Seminar accompanies annual DesignTech
Contact NSW Board of Studies 9367 8309
Design Week 9 August - 19 August 2001
Sydney Design Week provides students with a unique opportunity
to meet young Australian designers and discuss their approaches
to design, view exhibitions, participate in study days and
The SoundHouse provides students with a hands-on opportunity
to explore new music technologies. Programs include 'Discover
music technologies', 'Compose yourself' and "Mega SoundHouse.
Information Technology Centre
The ITC provides students with the opportunity to use a
variety of software applications that enable them to explore,
design and print their own creations while learning about
the role of IT in the creative process. Packages include
"Designing information', 'Introduction to Computers
and Design' and 'Fad, Fashion and Function'.
Powerhouse Publishing produces many publications, multi
media titles, exhibition guides and catalogues relevant
to many of the Stage 5 and 6 Technological and Applied Studies.
Here is a selection.
Making it: innovation
and success in Australia's industries (revised edition)
This illustrated, full-colour book about innovation and
success in Australia's industries is an essential reference
on industrial design and technology, the history of Australian
industry and Australia's future in a global economy. It
is also a valuable resource for the Design and Technology
Making it is the perfect companion to the CD-ROM
Know-how: the guide to innovation in Australia also
from Powerhouse Publishing.
Know-how: the guide to innovation in Australia
From the clever notion to the hot promotion, Know-how takes
you deep inside innovation. With over 145 video case studies,
reference databases containing over 1500 photos and 150
000 words, and challenging and amusing games, Know-how looks
at the people, the processes, the history and the potential
of Australian innovation. Explore a database of over 350
Australian innovations, from boomerangs to Mambo, from the
Coolgardie safe to Dinosaur Designs. Play the innovation
game -- Cheryl's Big Break -- and produce a dog repellent
that works and sells!
the Silk Road: arts of Central Asia
A close up look at the Powerhouse museum collection of objects
from Central Asia including costume, textiles, rugs, lithographs
of designs and metal work.
Absolutely Mardi Gras: costume and design of the Sydney
Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras [link]
Capturing the colour, excitement and energy that makes the
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras world famous. Absolutely
Mardi Gras features top designers, fabulous costumes, fantastic
floats and behind-the-scenes pictures of the Mardi Gras
Cars and culture:
our driving passions
Cars and culture looks at Australians and their relationship
with cars - the car in advertising, film sport, women and
cars, car crashes, cults and clubs.
Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia
Beyond architecture looks at the lives and work of
these two influential architects. Eminent authors from Australia
and North America take you on the Griffins' professional
and spiritual journey from their years in the officef Frank
Lloyd Wright in turn-of-the-century Chicago; to Australia
in their pursuit of a 'democratic civic ideal'; and to a
revitalised practice in India.
the magic of fashion
This publication documents the impact of Christian Dior
on the fashion world with a special focus on his influence
in Australia. Published to coincide with the 1994 exhibition
of the same name.
revolution: Chinese dress 1700s-1990s
Through the medium of dress, Evolution & revolution
explores the dramatic cultural, social, economic and political
changes which have occurred in mainland China, Hong Kong
and Taiwan over three centuries. This unique book offers
an accessible, informative and inspiring treatment of Chinese
history, culture and dress.
fibro frontier: a different history of Australian architecture
Holidays at the beach, battlers in the bush, life in the
the word 'fibro' evokes so many images and
memories for Australians - fibro is part of the Australian
experience. Fibro has long been in the shadows, but today
cutting-edge architects in Australia and overseas are returning
to fibro - now asbestos free - as a cheap and versatile
Ken Done: the
art of design
This book with its brilliantly coloured images, analyses
Ken Done's internationally known art and design.
A material world:
fibre, colour and pattern
This book features over 120 images and a wealth of background
information about the methods, technology and history of
many of the techniques used to make and decorate fabrics.
It is a valuable reference for students, teachers and everyone
interested in textiles.
Rapt in colour: Korean costumes and textiles from the Chosôn
Discover the beauty, design and history of Korean wrapping
cloths and costume. Created exclusively by women during
the Chosôn dynasty (1392-1910) the wrapping cloths
communicate their passions, love and hope.
art off the pub wall
Pub paintings are among the most enduring celebratory images
of Australian life. Althoughhey now inspire nostalgia, they
were originally intended to give hotels a modern image.
This lavishly illustrated book traces their origins early
this century to their heyday in the 1930s and '40s.
out: three centuries of shoes
Discover the Powerhouse Museum's extraordinary collection
of shoes. Dating from the early 1700s to today, the collection
includes some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century
All titles are available by mail order from Powerhouse Publishing
via regular mail, fax, telephone or email.
PO Box K346
Haymarket NSW 1238
tel: 61 2 9217 0129
fax: 61 2 9217 0434