Remember being told as a kid not to draw on the walls or scribble on tabletops? At the National Gallery of Victoria's new immersive kids space Pastello: Draw Act, all those rules have been thrown out the window.
At Pastello: Draw Act, you can forget about colouring inside the lines. In fact, you're not even required to draw within the bounds of a sheet of paper. Children (and yes, adults too) are invited to write on walls with crayon-clad helmets, leave their marks on tables with cutlery and draw with crayon embellished shoes.
As part of the NGV's reinvigorated commitment to children's programming, Melbourne-based Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio have reinvented the simple act of drawing and designed a fun and playful space where children can explore new and innovative ways to draw.
The objective of the space is to encourage children to think outside of the box and to help children expand their understanding of the drawing process.
Pastello: Draw Act is open daily from 10am to 5pm and will be on display from 10 May to 31 August in the Children's Gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria. Entry is free, so what are you waiting for?
Breaking with tradition and the reinterpretation of the everyday underpin much of what Mathery does, and Pastello: Draw Act is just one example of how they can take something ordinary, like a crayon, and breathe new life into it.
In 2010, they started a blog together and challenged themselves to create a new object a day for 100 days. From a bathroom mat made of earplugs to a bed sheet made up of blown up rubber gloves, the results are a wacky array of novel inventions that demonstrate their creativity and resourcefulness.
Erika and Matteo met while studying a Bachelor of Product Design at NABA in Milan. After graduating, they launched their own design studio, Mathery. They are now temporarily based in Melbourne, working from their flat in Brunswick and studio space at the NGV.
Since arriving in Melbourne, they have presented talks to design students at RMIT and launched their hand made Fruit Wares collection which is now available for purchase online and will be sold in NGV shops from November 17.