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- Diane Moon, Seven Islands - curating Land, Sea and Sky, a tale of adventure
by Diane Moon 8 November 2011
- In March 2011, Diane Moon, Curator of Indigenous Fibre Art, Queensland Art Gallery, visited several islands in the Torres Strait, meeting artists and selecting the final works and performances in preparation for GoMAs exhibition 'Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands'. The land-mark exhibition was part of a precinct-wide celebration of Torres Strait Culture in Brisbane. The exhibition, which opened on 1 July 2010, is intended to give an overwhelming sense of the vitality of contemporary Torres Strait Islander culture. This tale of adventure is based on her travel notes.
- Kat Pengelly, Artful fashion, Tale of adventure
by Kat Pengelly 28 September 2011
- Kat Pengelly is an artist who has recently turned her attention towards the design and making of clothes and shoes. Large boat shaped collars, anchors, marine rope and life buoys feature in Kat Pengelly's largely nautical-themed display of garments, along with street fashion and less functional, industrial inspired sculptural outfits. In her recent show Launch Pad at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria (June to August 2011), Pengelly launched her self-titled fashion label. In her tale, Pengelly discusses her conceptual approach to her art and the experimentation involved in crafting her works for Launch Pad.
- Lucy Simpson, Gaawaa Miyay textile prints and visual storytelling, A tale of adventure
by Lucy Simpson 18 August 2011
- Lucy Simpson introduced her Gaawaa Miyay range of prints, through cloth, at the Matilda Australian design showcase at the London Design Festival in 2010, and at Design Made Trade fair at the Melbourne Design Festival 2011. Simpson discusses how connecting to a story, speaking to family and community members and reinterpreting what has been passed on to her is always the first step for her when considering a new design. In a collaboration with cloth, Gaawaa Miyay prints have entered the national market, and seen international exposure. Simpson reflects on how these experiences have strengthened her practice.
- Blanche Tilden, Brooches and hidden networks
by Blanche Tilden 15 July 2011
- Blanche Tilden, a jeweller in Melbourne, was commissioned by the Australia Council to make the 2010 Visual Arts Award and Medal brooches, presented in May 2011. Tilden talks about the specialised skills that are required in resolving commissions which need to realise other ideas and concepts. Tilden shines light on the hidden network of specialist suppliers and skilled tradespeople who she has to rely on to supply her with materials and advice. The brooches were presented to Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Museum of Contemporary Art and Terry Smith, art theorist and director, at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Australia.
- Cathy Franzi, Porcelain seed boxes
by Cathy Franzi 21 June 2011
- Cathy Franzi is a ceramic artist based in Canberra. She has just completed a Master of Visual Arts (Ceramics) at the Australian National University and was awarded the ANU School of Art Nelson Nichols Scholarship in Ceramics. Cathy's tale describes her adventures in applying sgraffito lino cut techniques and realizing forms in clay to represent Australian flora and the impact of environmental degradation. She is now undertaking higher degree research.
- Emma Grace, Welcome to The Treasury
by Emma Grace 19 April 2011
- Every month since 2009 Emma Grace has opened the doors of her jewellery studio to a new group of people for the afternoon. They come to participate in a workshop called The Treasury, where they fashion old or broken jewellery into something fresh and wearable. Recently Emma co-curated the exhibition WEARIT as part of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival which marked a new journey experimenting with extreme sustainable fashion. In this tale, Emma relates her journey establishing The Treasury and her realisations from WEARIT.
- Woven Light - A journey in time and space
by Lise Frølund 18 March 2011
- Lise Frølund is a Danish weaver who has been travelling, lecturing and giving workshops in Australia since 1997. Her tale of adventure presenting the Summer School workshop in 2010-11 at Sturt, a centre for contemporary crafts in Mittagong, New South Wales, reflects on the juxtaposition between the time warp of traditional weaving and the digital future. Lise's tale contemplates the strength of the community at Sturt and the ripple effect this has on her practice.
- Wood - transforming the creative process
by Adam Cruickshank 21 February 2011
- Adam Cruickshank is a designer specializing as a wood craftsman as well as designing lighting and jewellery. In 2010, Adam's work was recognized by FORM Contemporary Craft and Design. FORM nominated Adam to work with mentor David Trubridge, an internationally renowned furniture and lighting designer from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand as part of their mentor program. Adam's tale tells how the mentorship transformed his approach to the creative process.
- Textiles Material Revolution
by Cecilia Heffer 17 December 2010
- Cecilia Heffer discusses the relationship between technology and textiles as part of her residency at Central Saint Martins (CSM) College of Art and Design, London in 2008. Relationships between technologies, science and design were explored in an exhibition titled Nobel Textiles, Marrying Scientific Discovery to Design. Over a two-year period each designer was required to engage in dialogue with a Nobel Laureate in order to facilitate new design processes and outcomes.
- Exploration of an abandoned glass factory
by Itzell Tazzyman 24 November 2010
- An excerpt from artist Itzell Tazzyman's Churchill Fellowship of 2009 to study glass carving and engraving techniques in the USA, UK, and the Czech Republic. The excerpt below details time spent at the Secondary School of Glass in Kamenicky Šenov in the Czech Republic and the exploration of an abandoned glass factory in the town of Prachên.
- Social History and Material Culture
by Vishna Collins 21 October 2010
- Designer and independent curator, Vishna Collins, was appointed guest curator and exhibition designer for the Buda Historic Home & Garden Contemporary Textiles Awards 2010, in Castlemaine Victoria.
- Arafura Dreaming - A ceramics residency in Darwin
by Louise Fulton 20 September 2010
- Ceramicist Louise Fulton, based in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, recently undertook a residency in Darwin with Territory Craft culminating in an exhibition inspired by the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species and his 200th birthday anniversary. In this tale of adventure she takes us on a drive to the top end and through her process of creating works for the exhibition Dyad - an unnatural selection.
- Kyoko Osato - a full-time weaver at the Design Made Trade fair.
by Kyoko Osato 19 August 2010
- Melbourne based weaver Kyoko Osato discusses her recent participation in the Craft Victoria stand at Design:Made:Trade as part of the State of Design Festival in Melbourne held July 15-18 2010.
by Julie Paterson 12 July 2010
- Julie Paterson from clothfabric discusses her collaborative wallpaper project with Porter´s that launched earlier this year, the beginnings of her interest in wallpaper and the early influences behind her current textile design and production practice.
- Zara Collins, one lost earring
by Zara Collins 16 June 2010
- Zara Collins visual artist, jeweller and curator discusses her current online project "one lost earring" in which participants contribute a story and image of a lost earring to the project.
- re-Source: a student perspective on JMGA 2010
by Lisa Bryan-Brown 14 May 2010
- Lisa Bryan-Brown Queensland College of Art Student of Jewellery and Small Objects shares her experience of the JMGA 2010 conference reSource: Prospects for Contemporary Jewellery and Object Making. She reports delegates were predominantly practitioners, however there were a great variety of professions present at the conference, contributing to the diverse nature of the program and discussions over the weekend.
- From the Jamfactory
by Danielle Rickaby 15 April 2010
- Glass Artist and second year Trainee at the JamFactory Danielle Rickaby shares her experiences in the Jamfactory program and creating her work Fescue which won first place in the 2009 Waterhouse Youth Art Prize. The work refers to a breed of grass widely used in Australia as turf. My exhibit was a large installation of turf paper weights slightly ranging in colour shape and size.
- Fashioning the Mana
by Maryann Talia Pau 15 March 2009
- Artist Maryann Talia Pau reports on her first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria entitled Fashioning the Mana; coinciding with the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program. The exhibition is an installation of four of her body adornment pieces inspired by the tapa denim outfit H'nard K'nore G'nang G'near, 1995 - 1997 created by another Samoan artist, Rosanna Raymond.
- Hill End
by Julie Ryder 16 February 2009
- In November 2009 Julie Ryder undertook a studio residency at Hill End in Murray's Cottage formerly owned by Donald Friend and Donald Murray. Julie reports back with this first Tale of Adventure in our series charting members of the Craft Australia community participating in residencies, exhibitions, conferences or events listed in our opportunities section. Julie Ryder is an internationally recognised textile artist living in Canberra.