penelope forlano portrait; principal of forlano design, award winning perth designer

Penelope's work explores object agency, narrative and memory through contemporary industrial and digital fabrication techniques. One aspect of this has been her unique experimentation with digitally controlled machinery to create surfaces or forms that symbolically or texturally trigger memory
As a result of her practice co-evolving with her doctoral studies, she draws upon anthropological studies in consumer behaviour, object agency, custodianship and person-object relationships to underpin her work. By researching and responding to the history of
place, local culture or the individual, her practice is largely outward looking and contextually driven.
Her most recent public artworks aim to create multi-layered and multi-voiced meaning to trigger memory and inquiry with a wide public audience. Similarly, her creation of private 
artefacts explores kinship or eternal values to encourage multi-generational meaning and custodianship over time.  Her evidence-based research and creative practice challenges the mainstream view of what is 'timeless' or intergenerational, within the field of design. Her doctoral thesis Making custodians: A design anthropological approach to creating public and private heirlooms has generated Penelope’s unique practice framework, that informs ways artworks can connect to community or individuals over time. 

Trained in interior architecture, Penelope has worked as a design practitioner since 1997. Responsible for the design of large scale fitouts of 15,000 sqm to smaller retail and hospitality projects, she currently focusses on the intimacy and connection possible with the smaller scaled object.

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