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Kristin McFarlane Typecast



Building B, Level 7, Glass studio



Glass forms a nearly invisible canvas for layering imagery and text, in contrast to print where the work is always viewed in context – imagery itself gains a sense of preciousness once it is embedded in glass, seeming to take on the fragile nature of the material itself. Glass, with its inherent refractions and optical qualities takes the graphic elements into a realm of unique dimensions, and opens possibilities for an entirely new visual language. Type and image is given the opportunity to 'float' in space and time, no longer constrained to a page but free to interact within various layers, viewed from many angles and its multi dimensionality adds further intangible qualities as the glass changes under different light.

Typecast will represent a series of glass and experimental typography tests and finished works which concentrate on the trans-disciplinary nature of creating pieces across different mediums, combining glass with elements from the artist’s graphic design background.

Kristin studied Graphic Design at Monash University from 1991-1993 before working within the music and advertising industries - including an internship at Ray Gun Magazine with designer David Carson. She returned to Monash University in order to research methods of combining image and text within glass and since graduating in 2004 with a Graduate Diploma and Master of Fine Arts in glass she has undertaken commissions for clients including Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, The Australian of The Year Awards, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash University.

Kristin’s work has been shown at SOFA Chicago; Salone del Mobile, Milan; Chappell Gallery, New York; selected as a special entry in the 2007 Jutta Cuny-Franz Award; finalist in the 2006 Bullseye E-merge competition and Ranamok Glass prize (2011, 2010, 2004) and held in collections of The Royal Court of Jordan, Australian National Glass Collection and Bombay Sapphire Foundation, UK.

In 2008, Kristin was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant. She has facilitated 3 glass workshops for the Warlayirti Artists, a collective of indigenous artists in Balgo Hills, Western Australia and established Ruby Studio with her husband John Hoogendoorn, an industrial designer.




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