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Craft and Design as a Career 2014

August 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $45 / $90

Craft and Design as a Career is Craft’s annual day-long professional development seminar for students, artists and designers, led by inspiring artists and industry experts.

This immersive day gives craft and design practitioners and students an inspirational boost with a range of experienced and informative speakers who together provide advice, stories, philosophies and unique perspectives on different working methodologies.

9am – 4pm, Thursday 7 August 2014
At Deakin Edge, Federation Square
$45 Craft Members & groups of 10+ / $90 non-members
Price includes a goodie bag worth over $40 (see below)

This year’s conference embraces the Art of the Handmade with a healthy dose of artisans and grassroots makers balanced with professional industry specialists.

Hear speakers across a range of experiences and disciplines – with a focus on those with varied, interesting, organic, twisty career journeys and niche knowledge banks.

Irene Grishin-Selzer, Iggy & LouLou; Jane Laver, Chapel Tattoo; Suzanne Boccalatte, Director, Boccalatte design agency; Lisa & Glen Rundell, Lost Trades; Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, award winning jeweller; Hilary Glow, Grand Grants, Alice Oehr, illustrator, graphic and textile designer and Alex & Georgie Cleary, Creative Directors of Alpha60 and Tony Barber, innovator, author and rock n roller.

Irene Grishin-Selzer

Melbourne artist and designer Irene Grishin-Selzer completed her Masters of Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 2002.  While continuing her art practice, Irene also launched a series of limited edition jewelry and homeware collections under the label Iggy and Lou Lou.  Her work has developed an international cult following since its inception in 2003, with all work handmade in her seaside studio or in collaboration with artists and designers including Karen Walker & P.A.M.  Irene explores figurative and abstract themes using the medium of clay or photography in specific artworks and throughout Iggy and Lou Lou collections.

Jane Laver

Jane Laver has been a practicing the craft of tattoo for 20 years and is a co-owner of the well-respected studio Chapel Tattoo.  She is also an exhibiting artist and publisher.  She has travelled widely and has been instrumental in hosting international tattoo artists here in Melbourne.  She is also deeply interested in uncovering some of the rich history of local tattoo culture, having published a book on John Entwistle in 2010.  She works with strong, traditional tattoo imagery and styles because she feels that the originals knew how to “convey honest human emotions in simple ways”.  She has experienced the highs and lows of tattoo trends and acceptability for the last two decades.
Photo: Nicole Reed


Suzanne Boccalatte

Suzanne Boccalatte is a designer, writer, trend forecaster and artist. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Hons) at the University of Sydney and founded Boccalatte Pty Ltd in 1990—an agency which uses design to bring together people, business and culture. Suzanne has qualifications in communications management and copywriting and over 20 years’ experience in creative direction, design and strategy. Focusing on visual communications, publishing and new media, she has attracted clients from some of the leading cultural and social institutions across Australia.

Her passion for culture has led to her producing a series of distinctive books and events in collaboration with authors, artists and galleries—including Trunk, an award-winning cultural compendium with contributions from a global community of writers, artists and designers. She has appeared on TV and radio, lectured at universities and sat on many judging and advisory panels. In 2012–13 she was appointed to the NSW Government’s Creative Industries Taskforce—the industry-led body set up to develop strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the creative industries sector. More recently, Suzanne was a member of Team AU, which was shortlisted for the appointment of creative director of Australia’s exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

 Georgie and Alex Cleary ALPHA60

From a rose farm in Canberra where they spent their childhood, to being synonymous with Melbourne fashion, complimentary brother-sister duo- Alpha60 designers Alex and Georgie Cleary have come along way since they emerged on Australia’s fashion scene.
Launching their Melbourne-based label in 2005 alongside a Vivienne Westwood Retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia, the Alpha60 collection has flourished into a unique, inimitable label known for its fresh take on classic styles and cuts, reflecting a ‘sophisticated quirk’ unique to the brand. Since its inception, Alpha60’s achievements and accolades have been many and varied including solo shows at Australian Fashion Week, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, two time finalist of The Tiffany and Co Designer Award, showrooms in both Paris and London and collaborations with Sportsgirl, ASOS and Polaroid.  Not content to sit and smell the roses, Alpha60 have opened eight Welcome to Alphaville boutiques.

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska is a contemporary gold and silversmith based in Melbourne who works across a variety of mediums and projects.

Moving between exhibition work, limited series collections, precious pieces and persoanlised commissions, Natalia’s love of material, colour, detail and storytelling filters through every handmade creation.

Natalia is fascinated by the relationships we form with objects, be it sentimental, superstitious, spiritual or habitual, and explores these ideas within her work.

She is also a sessional lecturer at RMIT within the Gold and Silversmithing department, and has been awarded a number of high profile grants including: 2013 Australian Arts Council New Work Grant, 2010 British Council ‘Realise Your Dream’ Award, 2011 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant.

Alice Oehr

Alice Oehr is a graphic designer and illustrator whose work spans across pixels, print, paper and textiles. In the short time since graduating, Alice has worked as an assistant to Melbourne design superwoman Beci Orpin and collaborated with a number of local businesses on her own projects.

Some highlights of Alice’s career to date include completing an artist-in-residency at Harvest Textiles, designing the identity & interior for the Lavazza tent at Emirates Stakes day, creating homewares with Douglas & Hope, and designing enormous cuisine prints for a local patisserie.

These days Alice keeps herself busy working for Orpin and Arro Home, teaching design workshops, participating in exhibitions and juggling her own freelance and range of art prints, textiles, greeting cards and homewares.

Hilary Glow

Dr Hilary Glow is Associate Professor and Director of the Arts Management Program at Deakin University.  Her research looks at the performing arts, cultural policy and audience engagement. At Deakin University she has established a pilot project – the Arts Participation Incubator (API). The goal of the API is to develop ideas and research to bring arts participation to the foreground of debate and practice for Australian cultural organisations, and to provide professional development for the sector. Dr Glow is Convenor of the API Reference Group which is made up of both representatives of the arts, and leaders from sectors outside the arts that are concerned with engaged citizenship and cultural democracy.

Tony Barber

Tony Barber is one of Australia most innovative and successful creative designers of craft, gift, art, toys, tools and children’s products.  Author of 30 books, he was also a founding member of the Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs rock n roll band.

He has manufactured, promoted and sold his own creations and also sold outright or licensed those rights to many Australian and American toy, gift, craft and book publishing companies.

His many corporate clients include: Gaffney Licensing, Melbourne Zoo, BP, Best Foods, ABC, Five Mile Press, Kellogg’s, Pancake Press, Warner Brothers, Creata Promotions, Hasbro, Disney, Track Stars Collectables, Hinkler Books, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, Hunter Leisure Pty Ltd and Mattel.

He specialises in mentoring and advising crafters, artists and artisans of all skill levels wishing to establish or consolidate their career or business.

Bag of Goodness

All ticket buyers for Craft and Design as a Career 2014 will be bestowed a quite significant conference bag with treats and information from some very generous parties.  Valued at over $40 it is almost worth the ticket price in itself!

Georgia Perry keyring + Latest issue of Frankie Magazine plus a beautiful wrapping paper sample + Refreshing tea sample from T2 + A classic Rhodia notepad from Notemaker + A greeting card from Alice Oehr + A coffee voucher from Seven Seeds for their Traveller Coffee café + A two-for-one voucher for the new Woody Allen film “Magic in the Moonlight” from Entertainment One Films + Plus a special offer from Etsy + And some breaktime treats from Pana Chocolate

This event is part of Craft Cubed 2014, Craft’s annual festival

TOP IMAGE Alice Oehr


August 7, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$45 / $90
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Federation Square
Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia


03 9650 7775

PLEASE NOTE Craft will be photographing this event for promotional use. Attendees should see a Craft staff member on the day if you don’t wish to be photographed.