Jordan Fleming <em>Constellate vase</em> 2022; sculpting plaster, pigment, gold leaf, steel, aluminium. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Times, Melbourne<br/>
© Jordan Fleming. Photo: Charlie White

Jordan Fleming

Jordan Fleming
(b. 1993, Sydney. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Artist and designer Jordan Fleming creates idiosyncratic, experimental and sculptural furniture and lighting objects. With a background in cabinet making and interior design, she established her own furniture design practice in 2018, characterised by a playful, wonky and lively aesthetic that employs tactile materials including plaster, pigment, timber and metal.

First shown as part of Melbourne Design Fair’s Select exhibition, Fleming’s Constellate vase, 2022, is emblematic of the artist’s distinctive style. This multi-tiered, clustered vessel is handmade from a mix of plaster, paper and pigment, constructed around a steel frame. The combination of rough-hewn surfaces and polished gold embellishments emphasises the work’s haptic qualities, thrumming with the free-form energy of the maker’s process. Where vases traditionally rely on secondary furniture for support, Constellate vase stands on its own asymmetrical legs, elevating the tripartite receptacles and the flowers they’re designed to hold. Each of Fleming’s handmade works is unique, with Constellate vase one of two limited-edition pieces. Anthropomorphic, theatrical and disarming, the vase encapsulates Fleming’s interest in imbuing household objects with emotion and encouraging personal connections with the viewer.

Fleming’s work has been exhibited at Melbourne Design Week (2022, 2021, 2020), Craft Victoria (2021), At The Above (2021), Melbourne Fashion Festival (2021), the Australian Design Centre’s Workshopped19 exhibition (2019) and internationally at the Lake Como Design Festival, Italy (2022). She was shortlisted for the Object – Furniture and Design prize at the IDEA Awards (2020) and won the UTS Sydney Award for Sustainable Design in 2019 as well as the design prize in Frankie magazine’s Good Stuff Awards (2018). Her work was also selected as a ‘design top pick’ by the Australian Financial Review in 2021. Fleming holds a Bachelor of Design (Object and Spatial) from the University of New South Wales (2019) and a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (Interior Design) from the Sydney Design School (2019).