JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds
Jan
19
to Mar 9

JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds

Catherine Truman,  No Surface Holds: Crab Claw Installation , 2015-17. Objects: found crab claws encrusted with glass spheres. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

Catherine Truman, No Surface Holds: Crab Claw Installation, 2015-17. Objects: found crab claws encrusted with glass spheres. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

“As an artist I have learnt that making things with my hands leaves me with much less of a sense of dislocation from the world I live in - and this I feel, is an interesting premise from which to examine the world of science.” - Catherine Truman

Internationally renowned for her contemporary jewellery, no surface holds explores the breadth of Catherine Truman's research-based practice, bringing together an extraordinary collection of film, images, installation and sculpture.

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Drop in Weaving Workshop at Balit Narrun - Share the Spirit Festival
Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Drop in Weaving Workshop at Balit Narrun - Share the Spirit Festival

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Every year, crowds gather to Treasury Gardens for a family-friendly day of music, dance and culture, with performances by some of the country’s most talented Indigenous artists.

Presented by Songlines - Australia’s peak body for Aboriginal music - Share the Spirit, or Balit Narrun, is Victoria’s longest-running Aboriginal music festival and an all-inclusive celebration of the culture of Indigenous people from all over the country.

Drop in Weaving Workshop with Yorta Yorta and Wathaurong weaver Donna Blackall. Donna is a Yorta Yorta and Wathaurong artist, currently living in Ballarat on Wathaurong country. Originally taught to weave as a young girl, Donna rekindled her love of weaving when she participated in a workshop with master weaver Bronwyn Razem (Gunditijmara). Donna uses a blanket stitch as it is a strong, sturdy stitch that creates baskets that are both practical and beautiful. She uses NZ Flax in her baskets, which she collects from her local area. Although NZ Flax is not indigenous to Australia, it is strong and wide, making it perfect for Donn’as style of weaving.

“As a proud Aboriginal woman, I believe the more we learn about our Indigenous ancestors in Australia, the more we can help people understand the country that we live on and the importance of maintaining a sustainable way of life for all Australians, and the future generations to come.” - Donna Blackall.

Free to attend

Balit Narrun - Share the Spirit Festival
Treasury Gardens
26th of January
1 - 5pm


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 Floor talk with Catherine Truman
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Floor talk with Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman,  In Preparation for Seeing: SEM Glove Installation,  2015, black cotton glove encrusted with black glass spheres, mircoscope slides, steel forceps, petri dishes, light pad. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

Catherine Truman, In Preparation for Seeing: SEM Glove Installation, 2015, black cotton glove encrusted with black glass spheres, mircoscope slides, steel forceps, petri dishes, light pad. Dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to intricate carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Catherine Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Join Catherine among her exhibition JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds for a reflection on her work and practice.

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February Advice Clinic - Your Annual Timeline
Feb
5
1:00 PM13:00

February Advice Clinic - Your Annual Timeline

Take the opportunity to think about how your year is going to unfold and create a snapshot of your workflow for 2019.  Get organized, set goals, identify roadblocks and move into the year with confidence with:

Beck and Gemma will give you ideas for creating a framework for mapping your craft-life month-by-month with a focus on big craft goals, production, finances, professional development as well as housekeeping, life-stuff and mental health.

We aim for this to be a motivating, ideas-driven session with lots of opportunities for workshopping your specific circumstances and goals.

Advice Clinics are free if you are a Craft Victoria Member.

Limited places available


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Creating a Craft Business Plan at Bunjil Place
Feb
6
2:00 PM14:00

Creating a Craft Business Plan at Bunjil Place

A creative and liberating brainstorming session to formulate Your Business Plan for your creative small business with Corinne Beinart. This is aimed at artists and craft makers who would like to think of their activity in a more professional manner. It will be useful for both emerging makers and artists who are just starting out and established makers who might need to reassess, or who are planning a new trajectory.

This workshop will help you distill your vision for your enterprise by thinking about planning,

We will aim to help you:

  • Think strategically about your business

  • Look at your vision, objectives and direction

  • Assess where you are at now

  • Make a productive action plan

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I do not belong
Mar
5
to Apr 6

I do not belong

MEMBER’S VITRINE GALLERY

Christina Darras,  I do not belong , 2018, embroidery on calico fabric painted with watercolours, 20cm X 20cm,

Christina Darras, I do not belong, 2018, embroidery on calico fabric painted with watercolours, 20cm X 20cm,

I do not belong
5 March - 6 April 2019

Christina Darras

When you arrive in a new place, whatever that is, a country, age, situation, you are is so new, so undefined. Everything you used to be, you are not anymore. The identity has to be reinvented: the language, the way of thinking, the way of feeling. The blur is how you feel. Your eyes is all you have in order to survive. Look, learn, adapt. Anxiety is your new era. Anxiety is your state of mind. And the question pops, why do we need to belong so much somewhere. Why the feeling of not belonging, makes us feeling unwanted and unsafe. Why can’t we belong to nothingness, to transparency, to air, to water?

I chose calico and old kitchen cloths from my previous home, to carry the memory of the old home. Moving to the unknown is reconstructing oneself from scratch. Finding the words to use, a place to feel familiar, grow new roots and leaves and flowers, finding a place to belong.

Christina Darras moved to Melbourne almost 3 years ago from Athens Greece.She is a visual artist and jewellery designer. She studied painting at Ecole Nationale des beaux Arts in Paris, France, and printmaking at Central St Martins in London, UK. 20 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions. Currently collaborating with art galleries and Museums in Athens, and Melbourne, and in the past Paris and London. "I don’t feel tied to a style, or that anyone has to be tied to a style in order to market his work. I feel that art is a journey to keep discovering, to keep your mind open and broaden your knowledge and potential."

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Jun
25
to Jul 27

Time body

MEMBER’S VITRINE GALLERY

Nora Thamthanakorn,  Time Body 2 , 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Nora Thamthanakorn, Time Body 2, 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Time Body
25 June - 27 July 2019

Nora Thamthanakorn

Time Body invites a reflection on the momentary nature of existences. It is a series of sculptural ceramic works exploring the principle of impermanence. The works are expressions of perishable conditions and that all substances are subject to continuous transformations. Interacting with this fragility, my practice has evolved to capture and bring into presence the relationship between the impermanence and life.

Perceiving erosion and architectural ruins as solid metaphors for the temporary nature of us and our surroundings, I hope to create universal visual language through recognisable forms and to recontextualise their permanent household functional values, raising mindfulness of the ephemerality we experience in our daily routine and living cycle. I hope for the works to bring into consciousness continuous changes of us and our surroundings.

Nora Thamthanakorn’s practice explores the principle of impermanence. Being self-taught, she works in clay to express the perishable conditions and the transient nature of existences. Growing up in Thailand, the Buddhist belief in Impermanence is central to her practice. As one encounters transformations through a lifetime, there are senses of uncertainty after one transition to the next. Interacting with this vulnerability, Nora aims to capture and bring into presence the relationship between the impermanence and life.

www.norathamthanakorn.com
@norathamthanakorn

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Artist Bio Writing Workshops
Jan
16
to Jan 17

Artist Bio Writing Workshops

Artist Bio Writing Workshop

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To say crafting a good artist biography – or maker biography -  is an art is an understatement. 

Your bio should be memorable, meaningful and unique.  And it should be something that you update annually.

An artist or maker bio is important for your website, social media, retailers, galleries, grant applications, market applications and press releases.  Not to mention packaging and other print opportunities.

The process of writing this can also be something that helps you focus on your goals, purpose and drive.  And reflect on yourself.

Start the year off with this intensive workshop aimed at providing ideas and tools for editing and re-writing your biography with Craft’s Gemma Jones.

Craft will also offer post- workshop feedback and editing.

 

There are two sessions available:

  • Wednesday 16 January 2019, 1:30 - 4:30pm

  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 6 – 9pm

 

  • Members $25

  • Non Members $40

 

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CRAFT X STARWARD WHISKY TASTING NIGHT
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

CRAFT X STARWARD WHISKY TASTING NIGHT

Image: Cheryl Teo

Image: Cheryl Teo

We are thrilled to present an exclusive Craft x STARWARD Whisky Tasting Night in December! The third instalment of our collaboration with the award-winning Melbourne based distillery. Local makers, Ryan Foote, Billy Crellin, Wayne Guest and Ghost Wares have worked to create a custom series of vessels for whiskeys and cocktails. Each maker has explored a different take on traditional vessels, creating unique forms which celebrate both concept and technical skill in functional craft. 

The night will involve three pairings of STARWARD whisky with work by Australian craftspeople and a selection of cheese provided by Spring St. Grocer. There are two sessions to book in our new home on Watson Place!

Session I: 6-7pm

Session II: 7.30-8.30pm

Price: $45

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CRAFT HATCH MARKET
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

CRAFT HATCH MARKET

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The Craft Hatch Market showcases emerging makers, presenting a new flock of fresh craft talent to Melbourne.

Come up the laneway to our beautiful, light filled venue at 5 Easey Upstairs – a cosy forgotten heritage warehouse space – with coffee onsite, easy parking and trams nearby within a well-cultured craft-friendly neighbourhood.

Meet your makers showing their best jewellery, textiles, ceramics, papercraft, toys and more.

Coffee, music and drop-in workshops and demonstrations by the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild

Local talent, blooming artists, new makers and debut marketeers all come together in a friendly retail market environment which makes for a perfect Melbourne Saturday.

Image: Graphic Design by Sara Hayat

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Nov
24
to Jan 12

Clarity

Kath Inglis,  Spark  cuff, 2018. Hand cut Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Photo: Craig Arnold

Kath Inglis, Spark cuff, 2018. Hand cut Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Photo: Craig Arnold

Clarity
24 November 2018 - 12 January 2019
Jessica Loughlin, Kirsten Coelho, Kath Inglis, and Lindy McSwan


Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.
- Julian Barnes


Honouring the calm strength of a clear voice, Clarity brings together the work of four Australian artists - Jessica Loughlin (glass), Kirsten Coelho (ceramics), Kath Inglis (jewellery), and Lindy McSwan (metal).

Working in different craft disciplines, they share the rare ability to distil an idea into form, and an understanding of material that allows them to express that idea with conviction and humility.

It takes courage to make work this honest. There’s nowhere to hide here. Each work stands calm, peaceful, resolved. Nothing can be added, nothing can be removed. Yet their apparent simplicity belies the years of learning, deep contemplation, and rich material knowledge of their maker.

There is so much noise in the world, so much vying for our attention, it can be hard to filter through it all; to focus on what matters. Here, in this room, are works that allow and invite contemplation and rest.

A moment of clarity.

A ringing truth.

- Chloë Powell, Curator

 

Opening Event Thursday 29 November 2018, 6 - 8pm
To be opened by Katie Scott, Director of Gallery Funaki

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smother talk
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

smother talk

Join us for an open panel discussion in the gallery amidst the current exhibition “smother” at Craft.

A conversation about the intersection of feminism, making and motherhood. 

How do we construct and make our ideas – whether it be jewellery, photographs, structures or words?  How does the body and our politics inform this?  How, indeed, is feminism crafted?

·         Tiffany Parbs
conceptual based jeweller

·         Karen Pickering
feminist presenter, writer and educator

·         Gemma Jones
Public Programs Manager, Craft

Tiffany Parbs,  gnash , 2018,porcelain teeth, sterling silver enamel paint, giclée print on aluminium, 50 x 125 x 25mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print. Photography Tobias Titz

Tiffany Parbs, gnash, 2018,porcelain teeth, sterling silver enamel paint, giclée print on aluminium, 50 x 125 x 25mm object, 470 x 340 x 12mm print. Photography Tobias Titz

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November Advice Clinic: Regional Dial In
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

November Advice Clinic: Regional Dial In

In 2018 Craft have initiated a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along for a short, tailored session focused on a specific area of professional development.

Just wanted to say how incredibly helpful today was. Amazing to have a fresh perspective from all of you. – Advice Clinic Participant, April 2018

We heard the call from our members who live further afield, and this November we are offering a “Regional Dial In” where we will be doing remote consultations for members who can not make it into our Watson Place HQ.

We will be operating this month’s session slightly differently – in that you will have an opportunity to receive a dedicated telephone call (or FaceTime) with a Craft professional to talk to you about your particular area of need.

Talk with:

  • Sarah Weston about Retail

  • Chloe Powell about Grants and Exhibitions

  • Gemma Jones about Craft Markets and Mental Health

FREE FOR MEMBERS TO TAKE PART, BUT PLEASE REGISTER FOR YOUR PARTICULAR STAFF MEMBER WITH SPECIFIC EXPERTISE

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Nov
13
to Dec 15

Three Trees

Cara Johnson,  creek , 2016. crack willow, iron, paper. Image Jeremy Dillon

Cara Johnson, creek, 2016. crack willow, iron, paper. Image Jeremy Dillon

Three Trees
13 November - 15 December
Cara Johnson

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Three Trees looks to narrate fraught and fragile human relationships to trees through material choices and making processes.

Willow, classed as a ‘Weed of National Significance’ has been harvested and carved to reflect and mourn past mistakes, that have caused irreconcilable damage. Agricultural debris and old plastic tree guards present a way to consider current conservation and regeneration efforts and the complexities of our impact on the environment.

The exhibition responds to three individual trees, and through highly involved making processes, seeks to heighten their importance.

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Cara Johnson completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at RMIT University in 2016. She resides in the Otways in Victoria’s southwest, and is a PhD Candidate at RMIT where she is examining narratives of land management, through a craft based practice.

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Market Ready II
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready II

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Market Ready is a retail foundations starter for makers preparing to take their work to market designed as part of our Craft Hatch program.

This session aims to provide pathways into the ‘craft & design market’ community and offer confidence building strategies for emerging makers.  Expect practical preparation tips, marketing, sales and presentation strategies as well as solid accounting tips for fledgling handmade businesses.

Our speakers will draw on their unique knowledge of trade fairs and markets and discuss their personal experience in creating strong product branding, selling strategies, negotiating cross-platform selling, savvy market preparation and logistics, and developing a memorable market presence through visual merchandising and confident banter.

We will also be covering Financial Foundations as key factor in successful retail.

Confirmed Craft Hatch Stall Holders can attend FREE, but MUST BOOK with the discount code.

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Kate Lindsay, Accountant

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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Websites for Artists & Makers @ City of Casey
Oct
24
1:00 PM13:00

Websites for Artists & Makers @ City of Casey

Bunjil Place, City of Casey. Photo  @johngollings  .

Bunjil Place, City of Casey. Photo @johngollings .

We are collaborating with City of Casey to host a free professional development workshop in how to create your own website for artists and makers. These days, a website is a must-have for any creative wanting to be taken seriously by galleries, curators, collectors and the media. 

Get ideas, tips and planning resources for setting up a simple, cost effective and professional website for you as an artist or craft maker.  With a focus on creating an online portfolio, this session will give you the confidence to build, manage and edit your own online representation. 

Learn some basic Dos and Don’ts of artist websites.

Please bring a notebook and laptop if you have one.

Bookings essential.

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October Advice Clinic: Your Business Plan
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

October Advice Clinic: Your Business Plan

Image: Furniture designer/maker,  Thomas Lentini  in his studio, 2018.

Image: Furniture designer/maker, Thomas Lentini in his studio, 2018.

SORRY THE OCTOBER SESSION IS COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT.

October Advice Clinic: Your business plan

In 2018 Craft have initiated a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along for a short, tailored session focused on a specific area of professional development.

Just wanted to say how incredibly helpful today was. Amazing to have a fresh perspective from all of you. – Advice Clinic Participant, April 2018

The October session is an opportunity to look at and develop your Craft Business Plan.  This Advice Clinic will be useful for both emerging makers who are just starting out and established makers who might need to reassess, or who are planning a new trajectory.

We will be operating this month’s session slightly differently – in that we will be running three one hour mini workshops with a small group of members in each.

We will aim to help you:

  • Think strategically about your business

  • Look at your vision, objectives and direction

  • Assess where you are at now

  • Make a productive action plan

Join:

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

FREE FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND, BUT PLEASE REGISTER BELOW - THREE TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE

  • Session One:         1 – 2pm

  • Session Two:         2:30 – 3:30pm

  • Session Three:      4 – 5pm

 

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MASCOTS
Oct
9
to Nov 10

MASCOTS

Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent,  TELEPHANT.  Image courtesy the artists

Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent, TELEPHANT. Image courtesy the artists

Mascots
9 October - 10 November 2018
Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent

Cat Rabbit, known for her plush characters who inspire good feelings, and Andrea Innocent, known for her character design and emotive illustrations, have come together to create a series of ‘Everyday Anxieties Mascots’. Each mascot, supports a particular feeling/mood/anxiety produced by modern living and the human condition. Held in an (as yet) imaginary expo of mascots, these characters inhabit different realms of anxieties and function as a talisman to those who find the world overwhelming and confusing at times. Let’s face it, that's most of us.

Our various characters include the 'Telephant' mascot for those of us who feel fear and dread when the phone rings, when it feels like every ping of our device is another demand on our time and attention and is frankly draining our very life force. The ‘I’d rather be with my pets’ mascot for those of us who experience agoraphobia - maybe you have actually left the house to go to a social event and are at a party talking to someone you really don’t know and wishing they were as interesting as your sleeping cat but instead they are experts at boring chit chat. Juniper the King Parrot is also here to soothe the heart ache of existential angst and loneliness. No small feat but isn’t it nice to know he’s got your back at 2am when the world seems a relentless machine. There is no judgement here just lots of cuddles, hand holding and waving, they are all on your side.

The mascots will greet you at the entrance of Craft Victoria, in the snug vitrine space, acting as bouncers to bad feelings. They are the perfect size to sit on your shoulder and whisper in your ear ‘it’s gonna be ok’.

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Sea HER LAND
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Sea HER LAND

Beverly Meldrum, (detail)  Washed Up,  2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150mm. Photography Fred Kroh

Beverly Meldrum, (detail) Washed Up, 2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150mm. Photography Fred Kroh

Curated by Lisa Waup Sea HER Land emanates strong cultural ties to individual stories and complex interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression.  This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity, and place that links generations together.

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smother
Oct
6
to Nov 17

smother

Tiffany Parbs,  nullify,  2015, 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclée print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm. Photography Tobias Titz

Tiffany Parbs, nullify, 2015, 22kt gold leaf, thermoplastic, giclée print on aluminium, 470 x 340 x 12mm. Photography Tobias Titz

smother forms part of a larger body of research by Tiffany Parbs, examining contrary frameworks used to depict women in the media, their psychological impact on individuals and pervasive influence on socialisation of attitudes towards women in the wider populace.

With this instalment, Tiffany uses jewellery to reframe the prevailing good/bad mother dichotomy, with particular emphasis on the gap between visceral realities of motherhood and the gamut of unrealistic expectations placed on women from ‘Ideal Mother’ myths pervading through Western advertising that promote happiness through procreation, autonomic nurturing perfection and unattainable standards.

smother offers an alternative reference point - one that revels and reveres in mundanity and demonstrates a heightened awareness of ongoing psychological and physical states of mothering, the involved labour and loading of parenting.

Opening Event: Thursday 11 October

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September Advice Clinic - Craft Cheer Squad
Sep
11
1:00 PM13:00

September Advice Clinic - Craft Cheer Squad

Image courtesy of  Stephanie Hicks

Image courtesy of Stephanie Hicks

In 2018 Craft have initiated a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The September session is a Motivational and Metal Health Check In. 

What do you need to keep you on track and motivated as we head into the busiest time of year for craftspeople?

Come and sit down with our professional panel to gain some tailored advice around motivation, mental health, time management as well as managing stress and loneliness.  The panel will be able to give you a short, gentle motivational boost as well as point you in the right direction to seek other support.

 Your personal ten minute cheer squad includes:

  • Samantha Moss, Moss Folk (below)

  • Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria

Samantha Moss is a mental health advocate and the Founder and Creative Director of Mossfolk, a creative community for people struggling with mental illness. Samantha is using her Bachelor of Design, Art Therapy studies and lived experience with mental illness to organise and run holistic workshops and events.  

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AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

FREE FOR MEMBERS but bookings required

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Deeper: Ceramics by David Pottinger
Sep
1
to Sep 29

Deeper: Ceramics by David Pottinger

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David Pottinger, Porcelain Nerikomi Vessels (detail), 2018. Photo: Tim Gresham.

Deeper:
Ceramics by David Pottinger

1 - 29 September 2018

My work is an exploration of form through the interplay of colour, tension, rhythm, and pattern in porcelain, utilising the ancient technique of Nerikomi.

One of Australia's foremost ceramic artists, David Pottinger presents a new body of work in the exhibition Deeper.

Through the meticulous and meditative layering and slicing of hand-coloured porcelain, David creates hand-built vessels that bring to mind natural landscapes and sedimentary rocks. The intricate patterns draw you in, asking you to look deeper in peaceful reflection.

Entry Free


Opening Event: Thursday 6 September, 6 - 8pm

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Craft & Design as a Career 2018
Aug
31
9:00 AM09:00

Craft & Design as a Career 2018

Rachel Burke, Photo: Jaala Alex

Rachel Burke, Photo: Jaala Alex

This year, Craft & Design as a Career returns for a day-long symposium of handmade goodness. We will explore each journey of the innovative, brave and creative industry experts, as they discuss their philosophies and perspectives on what it means to practice in today's craft and design community. 

Speakers include:

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Shinki Burning Vessel
Aug
25
to Sep 29

Shinki Burning Vessel

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Shinki (Burning Vessel)

25 August - 29 September

Makiko Ryujin

Shinki (Burning Vessel) draws from ceremonies Makiko Ryujin took part in while growing up in Japan and is concerned with the uncontrolled transformative nature of fire. 

'The change that is bought to the bowls by fire is in stark contrast to the controlled transformation from wood to bowl on the lathe', explains Makiko. 'After spending many hours working the wood into the bowl, I then must release control to fire and let go of the shape that I have created, welcoming whatever the burning brings to the vessel.'

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Craft Hatch Market
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Craft Hatch Market

  Totes Good, image courtesy the artist

  Totes Good, image courtesy the artist

As part of this year’s Craft Cubed Festival, visit Craft Hatch - our emerging makers’ showcase, presenting a new flock of fresh craft talent to Melbourne with over 30 handpicked artists. 

Come up the laneway to our beautiful, light filled venue at 5 Easey Upstairs – a cosy forgotten heritage warehouse space – with coffee onsite, easy parking and trams nearby within a well-cultured craft-friendly neighbourhood.

Meet your makers showing their best jewellery, textiles, ceramics, papercraft, toys and more.

Coffee, music and free drop-in workshops with Pilgrim Hodgson, from Draw Pilgrim! who will be giving you a go at creating a felt cactus garden.

Local talent, blooming artists, new makers and debut marketeers all come together in a friendly retail market environment which makes for a perfect Collingwood Saturday.

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Craft Annual Fundraising Dinner
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Craft Annual Fundraising Dinner

CRAFT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER 2018

 THURSDAY 23 AUGUST - TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

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Craft Victoria is excited to present our 2018 Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction!  In celebration of our new home on Watson Place, this year's Fundraising Dinner will be an intimate affair.  Join us for a banquet dinner prepared by award-winning chefs from Supernormal, with fabulous wines, live auctions, entertainment and great company.

TICKETS $120 + $150 TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

EVENT DATE: 23 AUGUST, 6PM

EVENT LOCATION: CRAFT, WATSON PLACE, BEHIND SUPERNORMAL, 180 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE

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CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE EVENT? YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT US BY BIDDING ON OUR ONLINE AUCTION OR VIA DONATION. THE AUCTION WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN ON AUGUST 9 AND CLOSES 10PM AUGUST 23.

ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL SUPPORT STATE-WIDE CRAFT INITIATIVES AND EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS IN VICTORIA.

THANK YOU TO OUR OFFICIAL PARTNERS & SPONSORS

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Afternoon Tea with the Makers
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Afternoon Tea with the Makers

Troy Emery, L- R,  late night binge , 2018 polyester, polyurethane, pins, adhesive,  pink spy , 2017, polyurethane, polyester, pompoms, glue, glass eyes, plastic ear liners,  big rainbow cat , 2018, polyester, polyurethane, pins, stables, adhesive. Photo Fred Kroh.

Troy Emery, L- R, late night binge, 2018 polyester, polyurethane, pins, adhesive, pink spy, 2017, polyurethane, polyester, pompoms, glue, glass eyes, plastic ear liners, big rainbow cat, 2018, polyester, polyurethane, pins, stables, adhesive. Photo Fred Kroh.

Join Troy Emery along with Tai Snaith, Stephanie Hicks and Rute Chaves from our Artist in Residence Project for tea, coffee, cake and conversation.

This is a free event. Please RSVP below

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Teapot
Aug
15
to Sep 22

Teapot

‘Full’ Teapot, Yoko Ozawa, image Craft

‘Full’ Teapot, Yoko Ozawa, image Craft

TEAPOT 

15 August - 22 September

Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot possesses its own identity. Appearing across many cultures throughout the centuries, this well-known form has seen numerous interpretations and has left an indelible mark on the history of the world. 

From the elaborate to the minimal – this showcase at Craft presents the teapots of over fifteen contemporary craftspeople working across a diversity of discipline. 

Featuring the works of makers Janet Beckhouse, Adriana Christianson, Nicola Coady, Andrei Davidoff, Minna Graham, Wayne Guest, Tessy King, Sai-Wai Foo, Vanessa Lucas, Yoko Ozawa, Christopher Plumridge, Ted Secombe, Kevin Boyd, William Eicholtz and Pee Bear (Vipoo Srivilasa) working across a diversity of material in this new showcase. 

 

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Craft's Annual Fundraising Auction
Aug
9
to Aug 23

Craft's Annual Fundraising Auction

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Craft's annual Fundraising dinner and auction supports  our mission to promote excellence of the handmade. Supporting artist throughout all stages of their career, encouraging a high standard of craftsmanship, presenting a cutting-edge vision of making in the 21st century and to widen the interest in craft throughout Australia and abroad, lies at the heart of what Craft Victoria does.

If you love what we do, support us at this year's Fundraising Auction and take a chance at calling one of the incredible artwork, vouchers and prize packs yours.

Thank you to all of the generous support we received from our members and like-minded organisations.

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August Advice Clinic - Instagram Check Up
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

August Advice Clinic - Instagram Check Up

In 2018 Craft have initiated a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The special Craft Cubed session is an opportunity to have your Instagram critiqued and analyzed with an eye to recent developments.

The panel will look at your images, your text content, your hashtags as well as your bio, your stories, your story highlights and new use of shop functions.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Free for Members / $10 for non-members

Members use their discount code

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Memories of Landscape
Jul
31
to Oct 6

Memories of Landscape

Jill Symes,  Heart of Gold,  2018 (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Jill Symes, Heart of Gold, 2018 (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Memories of Landscape
31 July - 6 October
Jill Symes

“Inspired by years of travel in the outback and coastal areas, my practice explores the forms of the Australian landscape.

Through the use of handcrafting methods I am able to feel the tactility and natural rhythm within the clay. When the finished form is dry, porcelain slips coloured with oxides and stains are painted onto the surface. The firing and final glazing reveals the layers of colour and movement in the work, achieving a tactile combination of soft lines, natural curves and a sense of immediacy.

Works from old to new are presented together as punctuated moments and “memories of landscape.”

Jill Symes is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist producing a continuously developing body of distinctive ceramic works which demonstrate developed handbuilding skills and a mature understanding of the exciting possibilities of earthenware clays and glazing techniques.

Symes has an intensive national and international presence spanning the past 30 years. Exhibitions include but are not limited to Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection 2018, Victorian Craft Award 2015, Big Ceramics 2014 (Craft sponsored exhibition in Federation Square), Moments in Time 2014 (Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney), Fragments of Landscape (Kazari Collector, Melbourne 2010), Impressed, Contemporary Australian Ceramics (2006, New Delhi Pottery, India). Her work is in numerous public and private collections, Australia- wide and world-wide, and recent commissions include limited edition sculptures for the NGV Design Store.

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SET THE TABLE
Jul
25
to Aug 23

SET THE TABLE

Set the Table

To celebrate Australian tableware made by local craftspeople and designers, we would like to invite you to visit Craft and 'set the table' to win a $250 gift voucher to our store!

Step 1: Pick and Style it!
Pick your favourite tableware from anywhere in the store – bowls, plates, cups (the sky is the limit or the table size) and create your dream table setting.

Step 2: Take a snap!
Photograph your table setting.

Step 3: Post it!
Post on Instagram, tag a friend and use hashtags #craftvictoriasetthetable #craft #craftvictoria

Please make sure your instagram account is set to public to enter. 

Entries close 23rd of August

The winner of the $250 gift voucher will be selected by a panel made up of Craft's team and announced on the 27 August! 

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SARAH CROWEST - MATERIAL CONSTRUCTS: THE HOME STRETCH at Ararat Gallery TAMA
Jul
18
to Oct 28

SARAH CROWEST - MATERIAL CONSTRUCTS: THE HOME STRETCH at Ararat Gallery TAMA

Sarah crowEST,  Beaten and Left for Dead  (detail) 2013 - 2018, linen, synthetic polymer paint, 254 x 218 cm

Sarah crowEST, Beaten and Left for Dead (detail) 2013 - 2018, linen, synthetic polymer paint, 254 x 218 cm

Presented in association with Ararat Gallery TAMA as part of Craft's Craft Forward series, Material Constructs: The Home Stretch features new work by Sarah crowEST, in response to two earlier textile artworks acquired from the artist in 1995 and 2013. A leader and innovator in textile art, crowEST's work operates in the gaps between geometric abstraction, hand-crafted apparel and the expanded field of 'painting'.

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Sea HER Land - Jewellery Workshop
Jul
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sea HER Land - Jewellery Workshop

Lisa Waup,  Looking Through Time,  2017, bull kelp, emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, shells, kangaroo rib bones, pandanus, acrylic paint, fibre, lyre bird feathers. Photo Eliza Tiernan

Lisa Waup, Looking Through Time, 2017, bull kelp, emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, shells, kangaroo rib bones, pandanus, acrylic paint, fibre, lyre bird feathers. Photo Eliza Tiernan

JEWELLERY WORKSHOP
Join the Sea HER Land artists for this exclusive workshop learning how to make jewellery using natural materials such as ochre, shells, wood and twine.

Sunday July 15, 11am - 1pm
Benalla Art Gallery Members: FREE
Non-members: $20
Bookings on 03 5760 2619 or email gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au

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Sea HER Land
23 June - 26 August, 2018
Curated by Lisa Waup and Baluk Arts

Inspired by this year’s 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, this exhibition Sea HER Land showcases a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw & Lisa Waup. Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed and feathers honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land. It is HER story, which has been cradled in the form of a vessel, to encapsulate the essence of protection and strength.

Curated by Lisa Waup Sea Her Land emanates strong cultural ties to individual stories and complexed interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression.  This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity and place that links generations together.

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Market Ready
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready

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Market Ready is a retail foundations starter for makers preparing to take their work to market designed as part of our Craft Hatch program.

This session aims to provide pathways into the ‘craft & design market’ community and offer confidence building strategies for emerging makers.  Expect practical preparation tips, marketing, sales and presentation strategies as well as solid accounting tips for fledgling handmade businesses.

Our speakers will draw on their unique knowledge of trade fairs and markets and discuss their personal experience in creating strong product branding, selling strategies, negotiating cross-platform selling, savvy market preparation and logistics, and developing a memorable market presence through visual merchandising and confident banter.

We will also be covering Financial Foundations as key factor in successful retail.

Confirmed Craft Hatch Stall Holders can attend FREE, but MUST BOOK with the discount code.

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Emma J Hawkins, Small Fortunes

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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