Issue 34 of Garland features the street. This is the first in a series of issues: Together Spaces, reflecting the contexts where we assemble. Making spaces to come together is critical to meet the key challenges of our time.
So many incidental things happen on the street. There are non-verbal exchanges, such as eye contact or a faint smile. Occasionally, there’ll be a friendly exchange of help with directions. Some will get dressed up for the street or even parade down it in protest.
But the street is dying. More and more people travel in the private space of a car. Those that are walking, have their heads down, looking at their phones. Fewer are going out altogether, content with online shopping and eating.
In our private bubbles, it’s easier to cast the other as a demon. We lose the trust in each other which is critical for facing challenges that require solidarity, such as climate change.
Work made for the street—for the public eye—can help reactivate our urban commons. In this issue, we share stories that demonstrate the creative capacity of the street.
Guest editor for this issue is Melissa Cameron. Many thanks to Andrea Ferrari, Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros, Center for Craft, Inner West City Council,
- The Protest Banner Lending Library: Democracy in the making by Aram Han Sifuentes
- Nepalese street art: Democracy at the wall by Gary Wornell
- Street jewellery by Roseanne Bartley
- Why I protest in art galleries and also make ceramics by Joana Partyka
- Traffic Island Oasis by Sharon Massey
- Vginmary: A Madonna of street art by Emma Cieslik
- Industry relief: The Newport Railway Workshop Project by Geoff Hogg
- The Big Build: Industry by needlepoint by Jessie Dean
- Michelle Hamer helps us all slow down
- Chloë Waddell ✿ Make a dream home by Chloë Waddell
- The Selkirk House commission: Drawing is knowing by Bren Luke
- Hugs and Bugs: Everything is on the street by Sveta Dorosheva
- Rhonda Murray ✿ The shoes of strangers
- Er Pavilion: On Country at the beach by Melissa Cameron
- Performing muggu: Art where home and street meet by Kaustav Chatterjee
- Mediated conversations: The blurring of the private and the public with threshold floor paintings by Alolika De
- A shadow on the evil eye: The displaced idol makers of Dehradun by LOkesh Ghai
- A City Canvas for refugees in Hong Kong by Sharon Tsang-de Lyster
- A “bin chicken” redemption
- Petersham Escarpment: The mountain comes to the city
- Healing Country & the five senses by Fran Bussey
- The healing wall by Jane DuRand
- The World returns to Charters Towers
- Street Sweepers: Adornment for outside care by Anke Kindle
- Cabramatta: The nostalgic poetry of Asian shops by Bic Tieu
- Measuring up: Public art in Queensland through a craft lens by Pamela See
- Capybara comes home by Yolanda Pocetti