Exhibition: Dovetail – Design Canberra Festival

Past event Free event



A dovetail joint or simply dovetail is a joinery technique most commonly used in woodworking joinery, including furniture, cabinets, log buildings, and traditional timber framing.
Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart.

Dovetail celebrates the lasting connections of Craft ACT’s contemporary furniture makers.

| Chelsea Lemon | Daniel Margules | Pete Bollington | Sam Sheppard |

Chelsea Lemon is a Canberra based designer and maker who works with timber. Many of her pieces include foliage and plant themes, mixed with interactivity and the decorative woodworking techniques. Chelsea’s work explores new ways of incorporating shapes into design, by creating dynamic arrangements and forms that are influenced by nature and architecture. In 2015 she graduated from the Australian National University with her Honours in a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Furniture Design. Chelsea was the 2018 Design Canberra Artist in Residency, and has exhibited her furniture across Australia.
Daniel Margules (Sparks & Dust) is a Canberra based designer and maker specialising in handcrafted furniture, turning steel and timber into contemporary design. Having a background in the trades, he has developed skills in welding and carpentry to become a self-taught furniture maker with a growing passion for design. Daniel believes in creating quality handmade designs that are functional and durable yet stylish and modern. The clean lines and quality materials in his pieces can add a modern aesthetic to a space. Every element in the finished piece is handmade by Daniel. Proudly handmade in Canberra.
Furniture Designer Pete Bollington blends a background in Interior and Graphic Design with Fine Furniture manufacturing, to create handcrafted works which focus on a harmony between the object and the built environment in which they inhabit.
Primarily focusing on the beauty and warmth of solid timber for his craft, Pete also compliments this material with snippets of birch and filmface plywood, and accents of colour, to provide the viewer with added levels of engagement with the works. His work seeks to balance clean lines and strong geometric shapes with a softness and refined touch enabled through the chosen materials.
Following a career transition into furniture making, Sam Sheppard studied in the UK at world renowned furniture school Waters and Acland in Lake District. He currently practices as Hopmans Furniture in Canberra producing limited edition production furniture and custom commissions. His style is heavily influenced by various artistic movements of the 20th century and is committed to crafting work which stands out. Combining the highest standards of craftsmanship with a love for sleek design and coherence with the works environment. He works primarily in wood with a focus on sustainably sourced timbers and respect for material, which he applies to all his work
Wed 02 Nov 2022 —
Sun 20 Nov 2022
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DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.