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- Colin Martin, Cinderella jewellery - from Western Australia to the world, review
by Colin Martin 28 September 2011
- Colin Martin reviews the vibrant works of seven Western Australian artist-jewellers shown at the Lesley Craze Gallery at Clerkenwell Green, London during the London Design Festival. The exhibition, Cinderella Stories: Contemporary Jewellery from Western Australia reflects the colloquial name for Western Australia, 'Cinderella of the South', coined when gold was discovered in the 1880s. Invited to exhibit at the ball, so to speak, are Dorothy Erickson, Carlier Makigawa, Felicity Peters, Gillian Rainer, Brenda Ridgewell, Christel van der Laan and David Walker, who sent their finery to London in a survey pushing the boundaries of jewellery design as part of contemporary craft and design.
- Sustainability thinking
by Kathryn Wells 14 September 2011
- This month sees the launch of craft+design enquiry Volume 3, 'Sustainability in Craft and Design', edited by Kevin Murray. As many authors in this issue acknowledge, the particular role of craft in sustainability is broader than a series of discrete energy-saving acts. The question of sustainability is not limited to the immediate environmental impact of craft production. Rather, it extends to the symbolic value of craft as an alternative way of being in the world.
- Colin Martin, Baskets & Belonging - Entwined lives
by Colin Martin 18 August 2011
- The exciting eye-opener in the British Museum's Australian season is a novel exhibition of historic and contemporary indigenous Australian baskets. The purity of form and function of indigenous Aboriginal baskets resonate with a spirituality that is beyond mere monetary worth. The London exhibition demonstrates the great variety of techniques used in Aboriginal basketry. Basket making and baskets survived. Recent work is included in an exhibition, tayenebe - Tasmanian Aboriginal women's fibre work. Contemporary makers also experiment in using novel materials, which include 'ghost nets'.
- Vicki Halper, Australian craft impressions
by Vicki Halper 15 July 2011
- Vicki Halper muses on the relationship between craft and design and examines the vigour of Australian craft. As a way of focusing her attention and capitalizing on her trip here as a guest of Craft Australia, Halper is curating a glass exhibition about the links between Australian and American studio glass, to be organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, with the assistance of Canberra Glassworks. The exhibition will open in the United States in 2013.
- Fiona Fell, Ceramics in collaboration - Ceramics, plastic and digital media
by Fiona Fell 28 June 2011
- Fiona Fell's ceramic work offers up figures in clay that give priority to the internal gesture, contemplating the emotive forces that determine life's destiny on both a grand and minute scale. Working with Lyndall Adams, since 2005, Fiona Fell collaborates with Adams to find connection in the installation of reload: one night stack at the Grafton Regional Gallery (May to July 2011). Here vitrified clay figures reflect in the surfaces of polished aluminum and are absorbed by transparent glossy plastic. Fell explores a process of collaboration where the procedures of art making are shared, interrupted, redesigned and re-negotiated as part of the sustainability of her practice.
- CAPITheticAL and Craft: Canberra in a hundred years
by Kathryn Wells 24 May 2011
- Craft has played a role in the design of Canberra since its original design competition was launched in 1911. The winning designs of Marion Mahoney and Walter Burley Griffen in 1913 became the vision for a series of crafted public interiors and exteriors that have shaped Canberra in its design identity. Today, one hundred years later, the Centenary of Canberra and the Australian Institute of Architects are again inviting international responses to determine the design of a hypothetical Australian national capital city for the 21st century. Entrants will vie for a total of $100,000 in prize money, with Stage One Submissions due in January 2012.
- Analogue to digital, hand to machine
by Rohan Nicol 19 April 2011
- Jeweller and metal smith Rohan Nicol offers a salutary look at establishing a sustainable studio-based craft and design practice. Nicol explores directions for the viable manufacture of a series of products from both handmade prototypes as well as computer aided drawings (CAD), discovering the need to adopt and apply digital modes of practice. The path to establishing viability led him to local manufacturing partnerships as well as the financial world for micro-enterprise capital.
- Robert Foster, Design Luminary at GAD, Canberra
by Kathryn Wells 19 April 2011
- If you are looking for original lights then your search is solved with the Robert Foster exhibition Strange Planet at GAD, the Gallery of Australian Design. Foster's presentation of floating conceptual pieces, ten works reflecting on mortality and beauty, deliver prototypes for a process of manufacture. New techniques developed by Foster which deliver original lights within cost parameters for production, directly challenge the mass production of lights that have a limited life. Foster's pieces offer us something that is both crafted original and fresh and yet also reflective, joyous, calm and serene - qualities that people have sought in light for millennia.
- Sustainability and the Material Revolution
by Cecilia Heffer 18 March 2011
- Cecilia Heffer argues that the future of Australian textiles lies in ongoing collaboration with science, medical, transport and engineering sectors. Today textile designers are being challenged to find solutions for a very different society and consumer. A material revolution is taking place. This has the promise of providing solutions to a more effective sustainable textile practice.
- Jimmy Pike and Desert Designs in Ningbo
by Kathryn Wells 18 March 2011
- 'Desert Psychedelic': Jimmy Pike is a flamboyant exhibition of textiles and prints on paper celebrating the creative genius of Jimmy Pike. Curated by Gallery artisan in Brisbane, the exhibition, to be shown at the Ningbo Museum of Art, China, features works produced for Desert Designs which was launched in 1985 to showcase Jimmy's work. Jimmy Pike had an ability to capture the essence of the Australian desert and landscape through a particularly bold and striking use of colour that gained Pike worldwide recognition through the application of his art to textiles.
- Beyond appearance: Wood, furniture, and sustainable practice
by Rodney Hayward 21 February 2011
- Rodney Hayward, Head, Furniture Wood Workshop at the Australian National University (2004-10), discusses the sustainability for Australian designed and made woodwork. He notes the difficulty in developing markets for fine hardwood pieces when Australia is one of the few countries in the world which allows its hard woods to be exported without value adding to them. Hayward illustrates how sustainability for woodwork also depends upon the sustainability of the sourced material and how it contributes to the world around us.
- Overview: 35 years of Australian studio glass
by Margot Osborne 18 January 2011
- In this survey of over 35 years of Australian studio glass, Margot Osborne highlights crucial initiatives and individuals who have contributed to high level of creativity and innovation that characterises Australian glass. The article examines how the modern Australian studio glass movement was 'wished into existence' in the mid-1970s with a top-down approach to education and training. Osborne explores the significance of the Wagga Wagga National Glass Biennale, Ausglass, the varieties in techniques and the stylistic virtuosity of Australia's leading glass artists.
- The 15th biennial Ausglass conference - Peripheral Vision
by Kathryn Wells 18 January 2011
- The 15th biennial Ausglass conference - Peripheral Visionhosts a world-class list of international and Australian speakers along with a diverse selection of exhibitions, workshops and a video festival. The conference will address contemporary practice, technical exploration and innovation. Craft Australia provides an overview of the issues being addressed in the lecture series.
- The foundation years of Craft Australia - the 1970s
by Jane Burns 17 December 2010
- Jane Burns, the founding Director of Craft Australia in 1971 until 1992, provides an insider's view of the development of the then Crafts Council of Australia with its steering committee of prominent craftspeople, designers and writers and how they challenged and extended crafts in Australia. It is argued that this vision of support for studio practitioners earning a living from craft has provided greater opportunity for more people to participate and explore craft.
- Craft and design as the future - Australian Design Alliance report launch
by Kathryn Wells 17 December 2010
- Craft Australia and the ACDC network sit along with ten other design and creative arts peak bodies to represent a new national alliance: the Australian Design Alliance (AdA). The combined membership is in excess of 20,000 members representing almost 80,000 design practitioners.
His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE launched its first national meeting with one hundred of Australia's leading designers, architects, planners, educators and policy makers in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on 3 September 2010.
- Colin Martin, Timothy McLeod, Through the barrows
by Colin Martin 24 November 2010
- In his first solo exhibition, at Craft Victoria, the Melbourne-based wood craftsman Timothy McLeod presents an extraordinarily accomplished body of work. The exhibition is inspired by the intriguing story of a man who built a road on a remote island in Scotland. The work is technically adroit and aesthetically pleasing. It demonstrates the careful thought Timothy McLeod gave to illuminating the dedication, skills, responsibilities, isolation and poetic dimension of the man who built a road on Raasay Island. Stories through the Barrows is the work of an incredibly mature artistic imagination.
- Julie Blyfield: Contemporary jewellery and objects
by Kathryn Wells 24 November 2010
- The current exhibition at FORM Gallery in Perth (and touring to the Jam Factory, Adelaide in 2011), Julie Blyfield: Contemporary Jewellery & Objects, 1990-2010 represents both a new series, Scintilla and also a retrospective that carefully charts 20 years of meticulous and careful expressions. The work has evolved from regular visiting and documenting the plants and life of the landscape of South Australia, from the Simpson Desert to Kangaroo Island. In Scintilla the colours and textures are soft and subtle, reflecting Kangaroo Island coastline where the light is bright and the air is fresh.
- Looking forward
by Tony Fry 21 October 2010
- Professor Tony Fry argues that in the face of global conditions of ongoing unsustainability, continued population growth and climate change having long-term impacts the dictum of economic growth having to be continual has to fall. A new economic paradigm has to come into being, one centred on quality not quantity. The argument presented makes clear that craft, in the company of design, needs to become a key factor in enabling this shift to occur. But for this to happen the very nature of craft itself has to undergo significant change - how to approach such change is considered. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Making a Living from Craft in the 21st Century
by Sarah Evans 21 October 2010
- How does someone make a living from craft in the 21st century, and, in particular, how can the sector cultivate an appreciation of the value of contemporary craft in ways that drive collecting and buying? Using the experience of Metalab, a contemporary fine jewellery gallery in Sydney's Surry Hills, as a case study, this article explores the opportunities for marketing craft.
- What´s in a date
by Joe Pascoe 20 September 2010
- Over the course of 2010 Craft Victoria has been quietly celebrating its 40 year anniversary. CEO and artistic director of Craft Victoria, Joe Pascoe traces the beginnings of the organisation and shifts in thinking in the craft sector over the past four decades and new projects on the horizon for Craft Victoria.
- The Canning Stock Route Project: one road with many voices
by Mags Webster 20 September 2010
- When surveyor Alfred Canning established a cattle droving track in Western Australia a little over a hundred years ago, he was venturing into some of the nation's most remote and forbidding desert lands. His team encountered people who had never seen a white man before; people who through countless generations had belonged to and cared for the land, and whose lives and livelihoods would irrevocably be changed by the collision of two opposing cultures.
A major exhibition which has just opened at the National Museum of Australia shares, for the first time, a contemporary Aboriginal perspective on the stock route and the pastoral industry it served.
- Under the microscope
by Angela Valamanesh 20 September 2010
- Ceramics artist Angela Valamenesh utilises imagery drawn from early scientific representations of microscopic life as research material in the development of her current body of work. These scientific illustrations held in collections worldwide are now accessible through the web via online libraries. Angela's work has recently featured in Khemia: Living Alchemy at the Royal Institute of Australia (RiAus) and is currently showing in Abstract Nature curated by Margo Osborne at the Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
- Ghosts, Irony and Souvenirs
by Tina Lee 20 September 2010
- Visual artist, registrar and arts educator Tina Lee discusses her arts practice and the works of her contemporaries who, over the last decade, have engaged in a nostalgic return to Australian studio and commercial ceramic traditions of the late nineteenth and twentieth century. She proposes that through this nostalgic enquiry, contemporary ceramicists are demonstrating a form of cultural mourning, a longing to identify with a range of Australian ceramics traditions of the past, possibly overlooked and underappreciated. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Digital Craft
by Donald Fortescue 19 August 2010
- US based artist and design professor Donald Fortescue discusses recent work by craftspeople in the US which embraces digital technology. He defines the notions of sensuality, narrative and anachronism in this work and argues that digital technology is congruent with the core values of the crafts. He concludes that the challenge for artists and designers is to understand and become fluent not only with the technologies themselves but the meanings they carry with them. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Networked Production
by Mitchell Whitelaw 19 August 2010
- Academic, writer and artist Mitchell Whitelaw discusses recent international developments in production incorporating distributed digital fabrication services using techniques such laser cutting and 3D printing. He states that "Digital fabrication services have the potential to transform craft practice, both technically and commercially. But having used them, I am also struck by how this networked production changes the maker´s experience." This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Cross-Cultural Collaborations
by Louise Hamby 19 August 2010
- This month we celebrate the launch of the second issue of craft + design enquiry. Craft Australia's open access, peer-reviewed, online journal. Dr. Louise Hamby has edited this volume focussing on cross-cultural exchanges in craft and design with articles by Dr. Christiane Keller , Associate Professor Sylvia Kleinert, Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Daphne Nash.
- Pre Election
by Catrina Vignando 19 August 2010
- With the federal election heading our way on 21st August, we present an update on the issues that are critical for the arts as part of our pre election coverage.
- Chair ´s Preamble Visual Arts and Craft Strategy Evaluation Report
by Professor Ted Snell 19 August 2010
- The following is a copy of the introduction by Professor Ted Snell, the Chair of the Visual Arts Board, published in the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy Evaluation Report.
- Stitched Up
by Colin Martin 13 July 2010
- Colin Martin visited a recent block-buster exhibition, held at London´s Victoria and Albert Museum, which surveyed 300 years of British quilting and also contemporary artists´ textile-based work. He also reports from an associated seminar on the aesthetics and social history of quilting, during which a mid 19th century convict quilt lent by the Australian National Gallery generated lively debate between international speakers and members of the audience.
- The Global Dimension of Cloth
by Meredith Hughes 13 July 2010
- Textiles artist Meredith Hughes reviews works at the Biennale of Sydney that demonstrate the nexus between traditional and contemporary textiles and contemporary art. The relevance of textiles in contemporary art to trajectories such as the craft art divide, feminism, philosophies of sustainability or the implications of technology sit in the consistent shadow that is the cultural dimension of cloth.
- Share Your Stories
by Catrina Vignando 13 July 2010
- Craft Australia launched the Share Your Stories campaign at the State of Design Festival to capture a picture of creative micro enterprises. Share your business stories by responding to the survey which can be done online.
- Textiles in Tamworth
by Meredith Hinchliffe 13 July 2010
- Meredith Hinchliffe reflects on 40 years of the Tamworth Textile Biennial. Over this span of time, the tradition of the Tamworth Biennial has been very influential on contemporary craft and design practice. Her presentation gives both a history of this successful program as well as the aspirations for its future.
- The Cycle of Giving
by Dr Pippa Dickson 16 June 2010
- Designer Pippa Dickson looks at the history and recent activities of the philanthropic group the Alcorso Foundation located in Tasmania. The recent Lesley Alcorso Editions harks back to Claudio Alcorso´s Modernage series (1947) of production printed textiles designed by well-known Australian artists.
- CAL under way with artists´ resale royalty scheme
by Copyright Agency Limited 16 June 2010
- The artists ´ resale royalty scheme comes into operation this month and Paul Murton from the Copyright Agency Limited takes us through the new scheme with information tailored specifically for craft practitioners.
- Kerfoot glass collection
by Colin Martin 16 June 2010
- London based writer Colin Martin explores the motivations for collecting contemporary craft informing private and instutional collectors. The Kerfoot Collection housed at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in NSW is discussed as a private collection that became public when the Melbourne-based collector Doris Kerfoot gave 120 contemporary glass works, from the collection of 150 that she and her husband Geoff had acquired since the late 1970s.
- TMAG and MONA - the interface of public and private collections
by Melanie Kershaw 16 June 2010
- Melanie Kershaw from the Design Centre Tasmania explores acts of philanthropy that have added significantly to the cultural landscape in Tasmania. Including cultural gifts to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the incoming private and somewhat mysterious institution MONA , Musuem of Old and New Art which is set to open in 2011 displaying the substantial private collection of David Walsh.
by Christel van der Laan 14 May 2010
- A report from The Jewellers and Metalsmith of Australia´s Biennial National Conference2010, Re-source - prospects for contemporary jewellery and object making. 167 delegates from Australia and around the world, including practitioners, educators, students, collectors, critics and cultural theorists were treated to three jam packed days of presentations, debate and interaction, an extensive local, national, and international exhibition programme and nine specialist workshops held pre and post conference.
- Margaret West, View through a Loupe
by Margaret West 14 May 2010
- Renowned jeweller and Master of Australian Craft Margaret West reflects on 40 years of practice in studio jewellery in Australia. She states that to be a studio jeweller is to be both a dreamer and a maker. Poet and engineer. Simultaneously or alternately to be lost in imaginative reverie. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Cutting Edge
by Diana Hare 15 April 2010
- A review of the successes of the Australian National University´s Glassworkshop graduates in recent exhibitions such as Mind and Matter: meditations of immateriality at the Jamfactory, Ranamok Glass Prize, Emerge 2010 exhibition Bullseye Gallery Portland, Oregon, National Student Art Glass Prize, the Tom Malone Prize, Ausglass Emerging Artist Award and Sabbia Exhibition Prize.
- Canberra Glassworks 3rd Birthday
by Dr Sharon Peoples 15 April 2010
- In May 2010 the Canberra Glasswork´ s celebrates its third birthday with the opening of Warren Langley´s Touching Lightly installation. The article looks at the beginnings and development of the Glassworks under the direction of CEO Ann Jakle and her team.
- Saved from the Flames
by Andy Plummer 15 April 2010
- Andy Plummer co-founder of the Ranamok Glass Prize discusses the beginnings of the Plummer family Australian and New Zealand studio glass collection listing his six most treasured works by artists Giles Bettison, Richard Whitely, Brendan Scott French, Wendy Fairclough, Deb Cocks and Peter Cummings.
- tayenebe and Menagerie on tour
by Alexandra Gillespie 16 March 2010
- tayenebe and Menagerie two highly significant exhibitions from 2009 are now on tour nationally. The exhibitions are both the result of significant partnerships between art galleries and museums.
- Sue Ryan, A Ghost Nets Story
by Sue Ryan 15 March 2010
- In the Gulf of Carpentaria Indigenous makers collect ghost nets from the ocean to weave into baskets and mats telling stories of their culture and community and performing an important ecological task; clearing the sea of harmful abandoned nets.
- New Things: Koskela lights made in Elcho Island
by Kevin Murray 15 March 2010
- Indigenous weavers from the Galiwin'ku Elcho Island community and Mapuru Homeland collaborate with Australian design firm Koskela to create unique sculptural lighting pieces. Kevin Murray traces this series of connections and meetings to the Selling Yarns series of conferences.
- Studio Furniture 2010
by Meredith Hinchliffe 16 February 2010
- Studio Furniture 2010 is an award exhibition initiated by Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and the Australian Wood Review Magazine. To foster the production of unique pieces of studio furniture by makers and to highlight the vital role commercial galleries bring to the sustainability of the Australian handmade. The award is partnered by Craft Australia.
- Australian Studio Furniture Retailers - labels and standards
by Alexandra Gillespie 16 February 2010
- An online tour of retailers of Australian studio furniture in 2010 and the interplay of issues of sustainability to consider as a buyer. The overview looks at the use of timber certifications for the wood used in furniture products and a list of bespoke furniture retailers.
- Australian Studio Furniture 40 Years
by Rodney Hayward 16 February 2010
- Rodney Hayward surveys 40 years of Australian studio funiture design examinging influences on practice, significant exhibitions, institutions and current practice as history-in-the-making . Dr. Hayward is the head of the furniture workshop at the ANU School of Art. This article has been commissioned by Craft Australia to celebrate 40 years of innovation in the Australian studio craft movement.
- Decorative Arts Exhibitions in Late 2009
by Alexandra Gillespie 12 November 2009
- In the Summer of 2009 the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia launch new exhibitions from their Decorative Art Collections.
- A Singular Talent
by Rodney Hayward 2 November 2009
- Rodney Hayward reviews furniture designer maker George Ingham's Retrospective Survey : A Singular Talent. ANU School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, October 2009. Dr. Hayward is the furniture workshop head at the ANU School of Art.
- Colin Martin, Sweet success. Ken Yonetani
by Colin Martin 3 August 2009
- Ken Yonetani's installation Sweet Barrier Reef on show at the 2009 Venice Biennale 2009. UK based writer Colin Martin reviews the work and performance underpinned by ceramicist Yonetani's environmental concerns examining the relationship between the drive for sugar consumption, sugar refineries and the decline of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef.
- Collect Art Purchase Scheme
by Shannon Challis 2 July 2009
- Venturing Past an Idea
by Meredith Hinchliffe 29 June 2009
- Midland Atelier: nurturing the creative capacity of Western Australia
by Elisha Buttler 3 June 2009
- Midland Atelier is one of FORMs biggest projects to date, and as the name Atelier hints, is a studio/workshop facility for artists and designers.
- Craft ACT goes retail
by Meredith Hinchliffe 3 June 2009
- Big sister, little sister
by Anna Clabburn 5 May 2009
- Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability
by Amy Kerr 5 May 2009
- In essence, Selling Yarns 2 gave many people the chance to share their 'yarns' of success, elaborate on their experiences and discuss new and innovative developments to create a sustainable cultural future for Indigenous practice.
- Wrapped: Liz Williamsons practice
by Clare Bond 31 October 2008
- Clare Bond takes us into the intricacies and intimacies of Liz Williamson's practice, from her technical expertise in weave structure and the use of digital jacquard technology to the metaphoric explorations and sensual rhythms of the work.
- A Poetics of Taxonomy
by Margaret West 30 October 2008
- Karin Findeis' exhibition samples (A Taxonomy of Objects) exhibited at the Macleay Museum in Sydney was outstanding in it's concept, production and presentation. Findeis' work draws upon the Museum's collections and Margaret West responds to the exhibition, introducing us to this beautiful body of work.
- Notes for a history of public art …
by Ruth Fazakerley 30 September 2008
- I think of public art as of one those essentially uncomfortable and unloved terms with which almost everyone has some dispute: what does it really mean (or what should it mean) to put the words public and art next to each other? The history of public art, its role and how models have changed over recent times are all part of Ruth Fazakerley's national overview of art in public spaces.
- Queensland - a place for public art - art+place
by Louise Dauth 29 September 2008
- Public art in Brisbane received a boost with World Expo'88, which saw a reclaimed industrial site on the southern bank of the Brisbane River bristling with public sculptures, many of which were to later find permanent homes around the State. Over a decade later, the Queensland State Government was to introduce its landmark public art program, Art Built-in. Louise Dauth gives an overview of the program.
- Western Australia's Artsource: developing international markets
by Jude Van De Merwe 28 September 2008
- Western Australia has enjoyed the fruits of a comprehensive government policy approach that has seen every new school, hospital, prison, justice centre and TAFE over the past 18 years include art as a key component of the construction budget. Jude Van de Merwe introduces us to Artsource's innovative thinking in public art and their drive to take Australian artists to an international market.
- Public Art: the Practice of the Everyday
by Catharina Sack 27 September 2008
- One of the great pleasures of being an immigrant is the negotiation and investigation of a new terrain, a new landscape, to understand and to make home. In her article Catharina Sacks takes us to Western Australia and the outer suburbs of Perth, into the laneways and tainlines seeking the potential of public art in our everyday.
- State of Play
by Belinda Robertson 26 September 2008
- Not all important works of art and design in Tasmania are kept under the eyes of security cameras in temperature controlled galleries. Many are out in the public sphere in hospitals, schools, libraries and public spaces. Belinda Robertson reveals, "the Tasmanian Government has been investing in public art projects since 1979", along with their processes for managing a variety of public art programs.
- Canberras schizophrenic affair with monuments
by Art Wranglers 25 September 2008
- Even before you get there, as you drive along the Federal Highway from Goulburn to Canberra, you experience the need to name and mark everything. After a while, you realise you've passed half a dozen new conveniences named after recipients of the Victoria Cross. Artwranglers comment on the political and cultural controversy around art in public spaces in Canberra, where it competes with federal monuments.
- International Craft Initiative
by Margaret Hancock 31 August 2008
- The International Craft Initiative (ICI) 2003 - 2008 was an Australia Council for the Arts strategic program that boosted opportunities for Australian craft and design practitioners in the international market. The JamFactory managed the initiative and highlights the program, exhibitors and events of SOFA, Collect and Talente.
- The shock of the huge
by Mark Thompson 30 August 2008
- SOFA Chicago is daunting. Beneath an immense ceiling, corridors of galleries stretch off into the distance, with about one hundred stands displaying work not just from the US but Europe, Asia and South America. Mark Thomson takes us on a journey to SOFA Chicago.
- Australian craft - a personal view from the UK
by Amanda Game 28 August 2008
- Objects, both extraordinary and everyday, can cross time and space offering the possibility for dialogue rather than conflict: communication rather than misunderstanding; sharing rather than exclusion. Amanda Game writes about her own and developing interest in Australia and how it was born of an encounter with objects, and the people behind them.
- International talent
by Diana Hare 24 August 2008
- How does an artist define oneself within the broad scope of art? Formal education and training assists to identify their style. Exhibitions and working with peers creates a sense of self. Diana Hare focuses on the new generation of Australian talent represented at Talente (Munich).
- A Mentoring/Networking Ecology
by Elisha Butler 31 July 2008
- Mentoring may not always be overtly referred to as 'mentoring' but it is an essential component to any sector because it enables skills, experience and knowledge to be exchanged, thus keeping these valuable elements alive and active from one person to another, one generation to the next, writes Elisha Butler.
- A more assured maturity
by John Freeland 11 July 2008
- The recently concluded Sturt Woodfire 2008 conference and its associated exhibitions of Australian and international (selective) wood-fired ceramics provided a wonderful opportunity to gain a fresh insight into what this thing called wood-fired ceramics is, and to replenish our evolving appreciation of the diversity and quality of Australian wood-fired ceramic art. John Freeland reviews the exhibition program.
- Learning the ropes
by Barbara McConchie 30 June 2008
- Most curatorial practice is primarily targeted at contemporary art which, whilst it doesn't preclude contemporary craft and design, it certainly does not represent it in proportion to the number of practitioners and ideas that abound. The network of Australian Craft and Design Centre organisations have been supporting this area of practice for a number of years and Barbara McConchie writes how Craft ACT has been involved in mentoring new generations of craft and design curators and arts administrators with great success.
- Emus and Kiwis: flightless in cyberspace?
by Grace Cochrane 29 June 2008
- Since curating Smart works: design and the handmade for the Powerhouse Museum in 2007 Grace Cochrane has been invited to discuss her ideas behind the exhibition at a number of national and international conferences. The theme, design and the hand made, was to do with people who know how to work with materials and are experienced in making one-off works, but who are also interested in putting them into production, or using production processes, in some way. It was about the options they have and the choices they make. Cochrane summarises the key issues.
- Sturt Woodfire 2008
by Megan Patey 29 May 2008
- Although international wood conferences are held every three of so years in Australia, this is the first wood firing conference to be held at Sturt. The combination of high quality exhibitions, stimulating discussion and a sense of historical significance provided an important marker in the sixty seven years history of Sturt. Megan Patey, Head of Sturt, sums up.
by Niki Vouis 29 May 2008
- Trades is a Craftsouth project linking craft, design and visual arts practitioners with tradespeople. The project developed from Craftsouth members' interest in working with a tradespeople to experience a genuine exchange based on mutual professional interest and respect. Niki Vouis reviews the project to date.
- A day at Sturt Woodfire
by Avi Amesbury 28 May 2008
- Sturt, and Sturt Pottery, is renowned for its influence on the development of the craft and design movement in Australia. A unique place where, as an Australian craft practitioner, you can experience ones own history and make claim to an Australian tradition. The international woodfire conference, Sturt Woodfire 2008, was held at Sturt in Mittagong, New South Wales and Avi Amesbury shares her impressions of a day spent at the conference.
- Studio Furniture 2008
by Stan d'Argeavel 31 March 2008
- Studio Furniture 2008 was an award exhibition initiated by Bungendore Wood Works Gallery to foster the production of unique pieces of studio furniture by makers and to highlight the vital role commercial galleries bring to the sustainability of the Australian handmade. The award was partnered by Australian Wood Review magazine and Craft Australia.
- Trajectory of Memories: Tradition and Modernity in Ceramics
by Sudjud Dartanto 31 March 2008
- The exhibition Trajectory of Memories, curated by Sudjud Dartanto, is part of the Arafura Craft Exchange program managed by Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin. The exhibition invites us to trace the paths of memories of ceramic artists in this region and to unveil their responses to living traditions, which continue to evolve as we move through modernity.
- Long way home
by Daphne Nash 26 November 2007
- It was a long journey for the Koori artists which brought their traditional art practices home to them. There were many positive outcomes from the workshops and conference opening up another world of artistic ideas and business practice. Throughout the conference the Koories powerfully demonstrated their enduring relationships to country and family that continue to be elaborated in personal and professional ways. Daphne Nash writes about the significant outcomes of the Selling Yarns conference held in Darwin in 2006 and its impact on Indigenous communities.
- On our selection
by Alex Selenitsch 30 October 2007
- The exhibition demonstrates that we like to wear a range of things such as brooches, rings and necklaces; it also makes explicit the artist's investigation of flora as a form-giving source, and her commitment to specific landscapes as the context for creative work. And despite the plethora of new works, it is a kind of retrospective, a demonstration of the artist's vision and touch that she has developed over the last decade or so. Alex Selenitsch responds to the exhibition Marian Hosking: Jewellery.
- The new Canberra Glassworks
by Jenny Deves 30 April 2007
- The new Canberra Glassworks opened in May, 2007. Built and funded by the ACT Government, the Canberra Glassworks is the result of over eleven years of work by Canberra based glass artists and supporters to establish the centre. The Glassworks is devoted to contemporary glass practice and is located in the old Kingston Powerhouse on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Jenny Deves reviews Canberra Glassworks and its programs.
- Under the Skin
by Leah Heiss 28 March 2007
- ReSkin was an intensive three week workshop held at the ANU Canberra School of Art in January, 2007. The focus of the workshop was to interrogate the emerging possibilities of wearable technologies. A dynamic cohort of artists, designers and technologists spent three weeks of concentrated creativity which commenced with structured classes in programming, electronics and weaving and evolved into studio-based unbridled making. Leah Heiss, a participant in the workshop, reviews the project.
- Ceramics without the ceramics
by Jane Webb 29 November 2006
- How important is the relationship between maker and material in the crafts? Stephen Dixon worked for three months in the JamFactory in Adelaide, Australia as part of the Here and There 2 (HAT 2) residency program. Jane Webb reflects on conversations with Dixon and writes on the work he produced from the residency.
- Women in the crafts
by Meredith Hinchliffe 27 October 2006
- The period of the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s was one of considerable social change in Australia. They were heady days and we lived in exciting times. We were optimistic that we could change things - and we did. We worked together in whatever sphere captured our enthusiasm, and joined organisations to fight for what we believed in. Meredith Hinchliffe responds to the exhibition, The Crafted Objects 1960s - 80s, and writes about the studio craft movement in Australia during this time.
- Selling Yarns
by Catrina Vignando 29 September 2006
- Seeing artists making their work is a dynamic way to gain an understanding of how a piece of art work comes to be and to be able to share that experience with the artist in a workshop environment is truly inspiring. The Selling Yarns conference held in Darwin in 2006 was presented in partnership with Craft Australia. Catrina Vignando reviews the conference and associated workshops and events.
- Blurring the Boundaries
by Vishna Collins 30 May 2006
- The international exhibition, Blurring the Boundaries, was presented by the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery in association with the Knitters Guild NSW. Curated by Vishna Collins the exhibition showcased the work by thirty contemporary artists who explored the art of knitting and whose work blurs the boundaries between art, fashion, craft, design and technology. Collins reviews the exhibition.
- Design Island
by Briony Downes 30 April 2006
- Officially launched in September 2005, Design Island is a triennial program aimed at raising the profile of Tasmania's design sector. The program features an annual showcase exhibition of Tasmanian designers, artists talks, a three-day workshop at the remote Bay of Fires Lodge and a series of public forums. Briony Downes reviews the 2006 program.
- Locating meaning in contemporary jewellery and object exhibitions
by Lyndel Wischer 26 February 2006
- On Location: Making Stories, the 2006 JMGA conference, was held in Sydney in January and addressed the different points along the journey of an object from the maker's imagination to its inception and its placement in the cultural community. Lyndel Wischer reviews the exhibition program.
- Carly Davenport Acker, Cultural Strands / Woven Visions
by Carly Davenport Acker 30 January 2006
- The Cultural Strands/Woven Vision conference was presented in association with the exhibition, Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia. The two-day program presented artists, academics, writers and visionaries, who united distinct strands of fibre art from remote communities, urban communities, with national and international perspectives, into a fabric that was to illuminate, educate, stimulate and motivate. Carly Davenport Acker reviews the program.
- A Voice of the Soul: The furniture of Adrian Potter
by Rodney C. Hayward 29 October 2005
- Historically, furniture has carried in some distilled form the political ideology of its time; Neo-classical, Empire, Federation, Modernism: it carried narratives about the hopes and directions of nations, of peoples, of societal revolution. In this collection, Adrian Potter speaks about what has, and what will determine the form of future Australia - about the future determinant resource and politics of water. Rodney C. Hayward reviews the work.
- Every day objects and other narratives
by Catrina Vignando 16 August 2005
- The objects we use on a daily basis, to achieve the many things we do, have a subtle and unobtrusive coexistence with our rhythm of being in the world. The MMM project, an intitative of the Australia Council for the Arts, offered three grants of $30,000 to craft artists and designers to financially assist them in taking their product to market. Catrina Vignando reviews the first three projects supported by the initiative.
- Young Talent Time
by Sophia Travers 28 July 2005
- Munich in March may be cold but it is a hot focal point for fresh talent in craft and design when each year selected international artists travel to Germany to be part of Talente the prestigious international exhibition held during the Munich International Trades Fair. In 2005 Australia did exceptionally well with nine finalists selected to exhibit. Sophie Travers reviews the selected works.
- 25 Years Monash Glass
by George Aslanis and Nick Wirdnam 5 June 2005
- The rise to prominence of Australian glass art follows the establishment of strong links with galleries, studios, and Universities throughout the world. Unlike the glass traditions of Europe and America, Australia had no tradition to follow and no cultural aesthetic to honour. Monash University was instrumental in creating this new tradition, offering courses in glass since the mid 1970s. The exhibition, 25 Years Monash Glass, is a retrospective featuring graduates from Monash University's Department of Fine Arts Glass Studio.
- Australian Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art
by Stephen Bowers and Catrina Vignando 4 December 2004
- Craft Australia presents some of the highlights of this year's SOFA Chicago art fair including a report by Stephen Bowers, Managing Director of JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre who participated in this year's international exposition; and an overview of Klaus Moje's successful solo show presented by Heller Gallery New York.