Centennial souvenirs unveiled

THE official commemorative tea-towels of Canberra’s centennial year go on display today, among five winning entries from a competition to design memorabilia for the city’s 100th year.

One of three commemorative tea-towels, designed by Kate Mara. Photo by Art Artelier Photography

One of three commemorative tea-towels designed by Kate Ward. Photo by Art Artelier Photography

The work of the five winners and four other finalists from the “Canberra: a legacy of good design” competition form an exhibition that opens at 6pm tonight at the Craft and Design Centre, next door to Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic Square.

The range of winning items also includes hand-printed scarves, an engraved stainless steel dish, brooches and neck-pieces in the shape of the ACT, and a desk ornament made from pop-out shapes that can be assembled in a variety of ways.

The "Griffin Blueprint Dish" designed by Mitchell Brooks and Dan Lorrimer. Photo by Art Artelier Photography.

The “Griffin Blueprint Dish” designed by Mitchell Brooks and Dan Lorrimer. Photo by Art Artelier Photography.

The nine finalists were all selected to produce prototypes of their design concepts, while the five winners went on to commercially produce their designs.

The Executive Director of Craft ACT’s Craft and Design Centre, Avi Amesbury, said the project provided opportunities for Canberra’s craft practitioners and designers, and also aimed to increase the manufacturing capacity of the Canberra region.

The exhibition opens at 6pm tonight and will be run until May 11 from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday and 12 to 4pm Saturdays.

The Centenary of Canberra memorabilia products are available from the Craft ACT Shop at Civic Square and from craftact.org.au/shop/centenary, as well as the National Library, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial,

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