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.
Irene (aka Iggy) first showed at Craft in 1995 as part of Fresh! - even then she was interested in creating home wares. Since then Irene Grishin Selzer and partner Peter Seltzer have built an empire of ceramics attracting celebrity collectors and big name collaborators (Karen Walker, Perks & Mini, Chicks on Speed) Here Irene talks to us about her experience in Fresh! and the development of her practice and the importance of collaboration.
Melbourne based artist Will Heathcote recently showed a new body of work at Craft in his exhibition 20° S 135° E - the installation explored notions of isolation and interpretation of the Australian landscape. Will completed a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at VCA in 2010 and previous to that finished a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Melbourne in 2003, also studying abroad at the British School of Art in Rome. Will’s worldly curiosity has drawn him to our own back yard, the Australian landscape. Will talks us through his recent travels and explorations in the outback:
Melbourne based artist and jeweller Anna Davern is currently showing in the internationally touring exhibition Transplantations – the exhibition showcases narrative jewellery by 12 artists from the UK and Australia addressing themes of place and culture. Anna is a renowned Melbourne jeweller whose production and exhibition work has been shown worldwide, here Anna discusses her working process, conceptual themes and her involvement in the educational collective NorthCity4.
Tara Glastonbury is craftswoman with a passionate love of textiles, tradition and travel. After more than 20 years in the corporate design world, she has returned to her original interest in textiles. She talks to Craft here about her craft memories, her philosophies around the handmade and what she learnt in Mexico.
Fiona Simmons is one of our sparkling and warmly inviting tutors who will be presenting skills, inspiration and knowledge as part of ourSummer Workshop Series kicking off January 2015. Fiona is a multi-disciplinary creative who loves jewellery, ceramics, design and drawing. She took time out to share some thoughts about the handmade, summer and the importance of coming together.
Being a maker is more than just creating. Behind the creation of handmade object there is a process that includes the formation of narratives that communicate to the user the story of the object and practice. Inherent in this the process is writing.
Read up on all the myths busted and the expert advice excavated from bringing together representatives from the Australia Council for the Arts,Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Asialink to talk about grants and funding.
We’re constantly trawling the net for research, education and inspiration here at Craft. There are a magnitude of sites that feed us, one great resource is the website Collosal | Art, Design and Visual Culture - although not specifically classified as craft the site features artists employing craft processes in their making
Ceramicist and craft commentator Robyn Phelan has uploaded content to her blog Looking With Soft Eyes in which she reviews recent exhibitions, in particular she makes commentary on the following four artists having showed in the past month.
Christine Cholewa's work uses graphic imagery to record and detail moments in life, in particular showing the evolving connection between humans and nature through blown, fused and sandblasted glass panels.
Craft is pleased to publish Instruments of contentment – Furniture and poetic sustainability, a book by Associate Director Student Experience at Monash University and Art Critic for The Age, Robert Nelson.