Essay

At Home and in the Studio: Micheal McCabe

Living in a flatting situation, it is always a challenge to find space to make. Typically this means constructing sets and installations on the deck, models on the kitchen table, and storing all of that in the sunroom my partner and I share (which I mainly claim as my own).  

I’ve been blessed with flatmates who put up with me using all parts of our house as a studio. During lockdown, with many of my design jobs postponed, it has been nice to take a moment to look back at all the making from the past few years which have left paint splatters over the back porch. 

On the first day of lockdown I made two huge cushions for a bench I designed for Simon Gennard’s Sleeping Arrangements. Our pantry collapsed two weeks later and one had to be fashioned out of an old installation. Pending fabric delivery I’m planning on making some new tablecloths. 

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Micheal Michael McCabe is an interdisciplinary designer based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He has worked with art galleries (Objectspace, Window Gallery, The Dowse), theatre companies (Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Actors Program, Massive Theatre Company, PAT ) and public art organisations (Auckland Artweek, Satellites).

Micheal McCabe at home

Micheal’s model studies on the kitchen bench

Micheal McCabe's kitchen pantry

Two huge cushions made for a bench designed for Simon Gennard’s Sleeping Arrangements