Post Industrial Design

Images of a vanishing suburbia

Westography by Warren Kirk is photographic book that documents images of a vanishing suburbia. Helen Garner eloquently provides a introduction to this amazing documentation of the western suburbs of Melbourne. This book however transcends postcodes. It could be anywhere. It is a snapshot in time. An important historical documentation of Australia's suburban fringe.

"Warren Kirk is drawn to forgotten things, to the old, the neglected, the left behind. He loves a bricked-up corner shop, a crumbling factory whose function is no longer evident, a locked weatherboard cottage so decrepit that it is holding itself above the abyss of collapse." Helen Garner.  Westography, images of a forgotten Suburbia

Warren Kirk held his first solo exhibition here at Post Industrial Design in 2012 Documenting his beloved western suburbs Warren Kirk finds beauty in the ordinary. Many of the images  that were in the exhibition are now in this beautifully bound hard cover book. 

For many living in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne including Footscray, West Footscray, Seddon, Yarraville, Altona and beyond, this is a must have book. Many faces and buildings will be familiar.  The gentrification of our suburbs sadly mean these places and people are quickly disappearing.

The book launch is fittingly being held at the Masonic Hall in Yarraville on Friday the 1st of July at 6pm. It is a free event so come along 

Westography Images of a vanishing suburbia is a hardcover book will 160 pages of full color images and is available for purchase in-store or online. 

Big Issue reviews 'Westography'

Look out for this months Big Issue. A great 4 page story on our current exhibition "Westography' by Warren Kirk. I love the Big Issue! They do great stuff!  You can support them through getting a yearly subscription to the magazine here or find your local vendor. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening last night. A great turn our and a real celebration of our neighbourhood! Pictures of the opening coming soon . . .

Fine Cotton

The story of the uncovering of this 70 year old cotton is a beautiful one. Produced by Jaye Kranz for the ABC Pool tells the history and wonder at unearthing a forgotten treasure. Click here for the full story . Warren Kirk . . . who is also exhibiting with us in May this year (more on that later) tells the story of how this prize was uncovered. Warren is a fossicker and collector of all old things. He has a great eye for finding beauty in the ordinary. This vintage cotton is the perfect gift for anyone interested in textiles and sewing and available on our online store.

Broadsheet review

We are really excited to be reviewed in this edition of Broadsheet. We meet the lovely Neiyo Sun who took all the amazing images for the article . . . of which I had to crop rather badly in order to fit on my site - sorry Neiyo! If you haven’t heard about Broadsheet you need to get on board! They are an independent publication that reviews and discusses all that our beautiful city has to offer. Bars, restaurants, galleries, music and theatre are just some of the topics covered. They have a hard copy publication but there biggest distribution is electronic and you can subscribe to their newsletter to get the latest in what’s happening around town. Broadsheet also have great directory Apps too . . . just need to get myself an iPhone!!! [gallery link="file"]  

Art and Industry

Jos Van Hulsen turns trash into treasure, a talent that is getting him noticed.When Jos Van Hulsen graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts from the Melbourne Institute of Technology, he was determined to make a living from his scultures and paintings. Ten years later he is doing just that, but his career path has been more divers than originaly planned.

Download the full article as pdf