1 November 2008
Australian craft and design practitioners rank with the worlds best. This issue of 716 craft·design looks at the practice of three practitioners.
In particular this issue highlights the highly successful series, Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Liz Williamson is the 2008 Living Treasure and her exhibition Liz Williamson: Textiles will be opened in November at Object Gallery in Sydney.
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.
"Hiroe Swen has long been regarded as one of Australia's foremost ceramic artist", writes Alan Watt in the catalogue essay for her current exhibition, From Darkness to Light. The exhibition comes after a period of 'deep sorrow and emotional turmoil' in Hiroe's life and the work reflects this deep, emotional connection with oneself. The exhibition will open at Narek Galleries in Tanja later this month.
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.
From the General Manager: Catrina Vignando - November 2008
This year has been an important year of consolidation for Craft Australia. 2008 marks the fourth full year of the organisation's operation since relocating to Canberra. We have established solid foundations with new modes of program delivery and we have embraced the changes that have marked the growth of the Australian craft and design industry. With support from national stakeholders, Craft Australia has actively advocated on issues of relevance. This is an overview of the advocacy undertaken by Craft Australia for the growth and sustainability of the sector.
With the Labor Government elected in late 2007, this year has been one of much political change and realignment. To this end Craft Australia has focused on ensuring the issues of the craft and design sector are understood and supported by government. We continue to be active in the following areas.
Craft Australia worked closely with the network of Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) the board of Directors and key stakeholders to develop a submission in response to the Review of the National Innovation System chaired by Dr Terry Cutler.
What will all this mean for artists? Well early days to be sure, however, the potential to facilitate the engagement of craft designers within industry and to increase the financial support to makers who are working in this field are key goals. continued …