Trent Jansen and Johnny Nargoodah


Jansen and Nargoodah met during Fremantle Arts Centre's 'In Cahoots'. This Australia Council for the Arts and WA Department of Culture and the Arts funded project commissioned Jansen and Mangkaja artists to produce a body of collaborative work for the highly successful In Cahoots exhibition at FAC in November 2017. The Jangarra Armchair, created by Jansen and Nargoodah for In Cahoots, is currently being processed for acquisition by the National Gallery of Victoria.


Jansen and Nargoodah began to collaborate in isolation, experimenting with leather, a material that has been formative in the working lives of both designers. Nargoodah worked as a saddler on cattle stations in the Kimberley region, using traditional techniques to cut, stamp and form leather. Jansen has experimented extensively with animal pelts, using industrial precision to generate forms that emulate Australian mythical creatures. This collaborative journey gave Jansen and Nargoodah a glimpse into the potential for innovation in sharing their disparate understandings of leather, and both designers are compelled to push these early studies further.