As our first Craft Hatch for 2018 approaches, we interviewed the almighty Cian Cottee, otherwise known as Gracie Keal.
As a loyal advocate of modern craft, Cian Cottee, (through her label Gracie Keal) creates thoughtfully designed pieces, from recycled remnants and vintage cloth. Practicing traditional techniques from her studio nook in Thornbury, Cian is inspired predominantly by children’s drawings and in awe of their imagination, every character comes from an original artwork and carries their own fantastical story.
We’ve admired Netti Wagner from True North Studio for a long time. We love the way she uses visual language and her effusive enthusiasm for design, local flavour and feminism. She recently taught at our very successful Instagram Masterclass – and then came on board to create our key representational imagery for the 2018 Craft Cubed Festival: Homing Craft.
In launching this year’s Festival, Gemma Jones (Festival Manager), had a short chat with Netti about the project.
14 Benches, curated by Anna Gray, showcases the work of 14 contemporary jewellers from the highly regarded warehouse studio Northcity4. Founded in 2011, this sustainability focused, Artist led studio space supports independent jewellery businesses through permanent and short term tenancies.
Recently, Craft got together with architect-slash-designer Nancy Ji to talk about tables, juggling free time with ‘make time’ and what exciting things she’s working on next – including her newest design, an innovative terrazzo table named 'Archie'.
Craft Victoria Exhibitions Manager Olivia Poloni interviews glass artist Jenny Loft on the influences and rituals within her practice. Loft’s intimate work Proximity (2010) is currently on show in the group exhibition Ceremonial at Craft Victoria.