Chloe Walbran has elevated the art of the Milingimbi community with her Art Cabinet. Combining her skills and talent, the Woven Cabinet almost becomes recessive to the woven textiles from the Indigenous artisans. Originating from plants such as the Pandanus Spirifis, or screw palm, the youngest branches are stripped of their prickly edges and the fibres dried out in the sun to form the material for this exquisite textile.
“I have always been drawn to textiles. What a great opportunity to combine this love with creating furniture, my other passion,” says Chloe, who applied the woven textiles created by the Milingimbi community to the cabinet, made from Darwin Stringybark. “I saw the timber like the frame of a canvas, stretching it across the cabinet’s two doors.”
Inside the Woven Cabinet are two adjustable timber shelves, also made from Darwin Stringybark, and placed against a bronze mirrored wall. Shelf-supporting timber plugs can be twisted when not in use and placed flush with the interior lining to create a seamless effect.