John Brooks

John Brooks

VE Teacher

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VE | Creative Industries


Emailjohn.brooks@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Brunswick


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Emailjohn.brooks@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Brunswick


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John Brooks is a visual artist working across textiles and a range of media. He has a broad exhibition history and often collaborates with fashion designers to create custom textiles.

Overview

John Brooks teaches in the Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production, specialising in Experimental Textiles, Textile Design Concepts, and Drawing. Initially trained as a weaver at RMIT, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and undertook an honours year at Monash University tracing the history of craft through the lens of speculative fiction.

John's background in textiles impacts his approach to materials and processes, working predominantly in soft sculpture. His practice also extends into video, sound, drawing, and collage, and his approach to these mediums is heavily informed by his textile practice: layering, repetition, and an amalgamation of opposite concepts. Recent projects include a virtual residency and public installation through Craft Victoria, an ongoing collaboration Sick Bay with Audrey Tan, transforming unlucky objects from the general public to create objects that function as either talisman or placebo, most recently at Blindside ARI, The Invisible Bridge at C3 contemporary art space, The Third Tamworth Textile Triennial curated by Glenn Barkley, and Every Second Feels Like a Century at West Space, curated by Hannah Presley and Debbie Pryor.

In addition to his arts practice, John works as a freelance textile designer with local fashion labels to develop custom textiles. Developed through a collaborative process, these textiles are often hand-woven and cannot be reproduced by a machine, and form one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces within a collection. This process of collaboration and material exploration feeds into his teaching practice, and he encourages students to explore, seek feedback and refine their ideas to create innovative textile designs.

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Industry experience

2020 - Neopurple (Design engineer)

2019 - Schiavello (Project engineer)

2018 - Dyson (UK, Design engineer)

2017 - Froth Design (Director)

2016 - Glowpear (Director)

2015 - Swinburne/RMIT (Studio lecturer)

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Research output summary

2

Publications

3

Projects

0

Awards

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Key publications by year

  • Brooks, John, Diversions and Feedback Loops: Tapestry, Installation and Video, Tapestry Topics Fall 2016: Tapestry New Wave, Old is New, edited by Rachel Hine, 2016
  • Brooks, John, Acceptable Material, essay for Language of Labour, edited by Debbie Pryor, 2015
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Feature projects

Swamp Breathing

John Brooks & Audrey Tan, Blindside Gallery

2021

A Mood Board For Libra Season Equilibrium

Rose Chong, Melbourne,

2021

Every Second Feels Like a Century

Curated by Hannah Presley & Debbie Pryor, West Space, Melbourne

2017

Key projects by year

  • Making Space Residency
    John Brooks & Eileen Braybrook, Schoolhouse Studios
    2022
  • Weave It: Anything Can be String
    John Brooks & Lisa Waup, Abbottsford Convent Foundation
    2022
  • A Mood Board For Libra Season Equilibrium
    Rose Chong, Melbourne
    2021
  • Swamp Breathing
    John Brooks & Audrey Tan, Blindside Gallery
    2021
  • Play
    Curated by Claire Beale, Design Tasmania
    2021
  • Virtual Maker in Residence
    John Brooks, Craft Victoria
    2020
  • Hoard Couture
    John Brooks, Eileen Braybrook, John Gosper & Louise Meuwissen, Loop Project Space
    2020
  • Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
    Curated by Glenn Barkley
    Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
    Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW
    Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD
    2020
  • Toxic Cosmic
    Curated by Angela Rossitto, The Wandering Room, Melbourne
    2019
  • Good Luck Blanket
    Collaboration with Audrey Tan, Craft Cubed Window Walk, Kuwaii, Cathedral Arcade, Melbourne
    2019
  • All the Jewellery
    RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
    2019
  • The Invisible Bridge
    c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
    2019
  • Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
    Curated by Glenn Barkley
    Artisan, Brisbane
    Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW
    Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA
    Jam Factory, SA
    Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC
    2019
  • Anti Stress All the Time Forever (playground for rescued earthworms, eye-shadow made from silverfish)
    Collaboration with Audrey Tan, Dirty Dozen, Melbourne
    2018-2019
  • Match your socks to your shoes so they look like strange boots
    Collaboration with Audrey Tan, Trocadero, Melbourne
    2018
  • Craft Lab Artist in Residence
    Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne
    2018
  • Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
    Curated by Glenn Barkley
    Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
    2018
  • Every Second Feels Like a Century,
    Curated by Hannah Presley & Debbie Pryor, West Space, Melbourne
    2017
  • Materiality
    Curated by Mardi Nowak, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne
    2017
  • Australia Post Art Prize
    Fort Delta, Melbourne
    2017
  • Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial
    Curated by Glenn Barkley, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
    2017
  • Artist in Residence
    Australian Tapestry Workshop
    2016
  • Off Grid
    Curated by Adriane Hayward & Josephine Briginshaw, Blindside, Melbourne,
    2016
  • Wonky
    Curated by Sophia Cai & Caitlyn Shearer, Tinning st Presents, Melbourne,
    2016
  • Beast Cult
    Tinning st Presents, Melbourne
    2016
  • The Charged Object
    Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney
    2016
  • Shedding Skin
    Icelandic Textile Centre, Blönduós, Iceland
    2016
  • Artist in Residence
    Icelandic Textile Centre, Blönduós, Iceland
    2016
  • Meridian
    Curated by Ara Dolatian, Adrian Joannou and Shirley Somers, Midsumma group show, Forty Five Downstairs, Melbourne
    2016
  • To Sheila, solo exhibition
    Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne
    2016
  • Upward, Beyond the Onstreaming it Mooned, solo exhibition
    Bus Projects, Melbourne
    2015
  • Equine In(ter)vention, solo exhibition
    Kings ARI, Melbourne
    2015
  • Blobjects
    Curated by Sarah Weston, Craft Victoria pop up, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne,
    2015
  • Percy Grainger: In the Company of Strangers
    Curated by Julie Skate, Bayside Gallery, Melbourne
    2015
  • Artificial Selection, solo exhibition
    Rubicon ARI, Melbourne
    2014
  • Transgenesis, solo exhibition
    Craft Victoria, Melbourne
    2014
  • Kraftwerk: Man Machine
    Blindside, Melbourne
    2014
  • Fresh!
    Curated by Debbie Pryor, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
    2014
  • Newer 14
    Trocadero, Melbourne
    2014
  • Kraftwerk: Ohm, Sweet Ohm
    Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
    2013
  • Mary & Lou Senini Award Exhibition
    McClelland Sculpture Park Gallery, Melbourne
    2012
  • Material Culture
    Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
    2012
  • Denim
    Curated by Dell Stewart, Mr Kitly, Melbourne
    2011
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Grants

  • Creative Workers Fund, Creative Victoria, Lisa Waup & John Brooks, 2021
  • Gary Fell Award, 2013
  • Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship, 2012
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Public and media engagements

2021

  • Exhibition at the Memo Review. Swamp Breathing with Winata, Amelia, John Brooks and Audrey Tan, 2021

2017

2016

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.