Ancient Echoes... Future Visions
May
22
to Jun 23

Ancient Echoes... Future Visions

 Image | Ancient Echoes...Future Visions. Image courtesy the artists. Stones kindly on loan from the  Dandenong Lapidary Club

Image | Ancient Echoes...Future Visions. Image courtesy the artists. Stones kindly on loan from the Dandenong Lapidary Club

VITRINE GALLERY

Ancient Echoes...Future Visions
22 May - 23 June 2018

Alice Chalmers, Anica Costa and Fiona Fitzgerald

Memories from the past can be confronting, intriguing, awe inspiring, and act as a great catalyst for healing.

How we process and learn from them in this life can challenge and inspire us to forge something new.

Shaped by the generations and lives that came before, we often create in response to cycles of life, death and rebirth, from both the ancient and the expanse of unlimited possibility; our future visions.

Focusing on how the sun and moon have inspired ancient civilisations over eons as custodians of these cycles, this body of work is a modern representation of these primordial forces.


Influenced by astrology and other esoteric systems, Alice Chalmers’ contemplative approach to hand crafting jewellery imbues each piece with its own unique and tangible spirit. Originally having a background in illustration and watercolour, distilled line and symbology feature heavily, creating the sense of having captured something expansive.

“I am interested in how we invest meaning in objects, how we put a feeling into something we can touch. There is something alchemical in the process of making that lives on within the item. I make for those who might find resonance with some part of that magic.”

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Traversing the infinite, Anica Costa’s work explores the intersection of the fantastical, the ancient and the far reaching futures. Her elegant and earthy pieces are the product of her affinity with the natural world.  Embracing past lives, the sun and moon speak to her through archaic echoes and future visions. Evoking the adornments of ancient civilisations and fantasy realms, her hand crafted creations aim to bring a sense of wonder and adventure.

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Borne from past life memories and experiences gained as an energetic healer, Fiona Fitzgerald’s jewellery is symbolic of the exploration of once splintered facets.

Seeking to restore lightness and counterbalance the often solemn nature of healing, each piece represents a point in time, acceptance, making whole and way for the new.
In opposition to the sentimentality often associated with jewellery, Fiona’s work is created to respect passage and release.

“I’m interested in the elaborate, transformative and storytelling qualities of jewellery, it’s weight as an observer, companion and almost epibiont in the life of it’s wearer.”

 

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Island Welcome
Jun
2
to Jun 30

Island Welcome

    Kath Inglis,  A Lei from the welcome mat , 2017, used thongts, silk thread, sterling silver, patina. Photo: Kathe Inglis

 

Kath Inglis, A Lei from the welcome mat, 2017, used thongts, silk thread, sterling silver, patina. Photo: Kathe Inglis

ISLAND WELCOME

Exhibition: 2 - 30 JUNE 2018
Exhibition opening: Thursday 7 June, 6 - 8pm

Alice Whish, Anna Davern, Belinda Newick, Jane Bowden, Jess Dare, Kath Inglis, Lauren Simeoni, Liv Boyle, Manon van Kouswijk, Maree Clarke, Melinda Young, Michelle Cangiano, Nicky Hepburn, Sim Luttin & Vicki Mason

Curated by Belinda Newick

Island Welcome is a group exhibition exploring contemporary jewellery as a gesture of greeting. Inspired by the welcome garland found in many traditional island cultures, the artists have each made a neckpiece interpreting the theme of ‘welcome' in response to current Australian immigration and refugee policy.

This builds on the exhibition shown as part of Radiant Pavilion 2017, with six new artists contributing to the conversation.

Craft will mark World Refugee Day with two events on Wednesday 20 June.

The exhibition will be opened by Jana Favero, Director – Advocacy and Campaigns, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on Thursday 7 June, 6 - 8pm. 

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Lights Out
Jun
2
to Jun 30

Lights Out

    Ruth Allen,  Black Beauty.  Image courtesy the artist

 

Ruth Allen, Black Beauty. Image courtesy the artist

LIGHTS OUT

Showcasing A.C.V. Studio, Ruth Allen, and Jonathan Ben-Tovim

Lights Out celebrates three Victorian designer makers exploring contemporary lighting through their unique choices in material and form.

 A.C.V studio is the project of artist Anna Varendorff.  Formally trained as a metalsmith Anna handmakes limited edition objects embracing the natural beauty of brass.

Ruth Allen is a Melbourne based multi-media artist primarily working with glass, light and kinetics. 

Jonathan Ben-Tovim designs range from lights to furniture, all handmade to order. His creative approach explores a variety of materials and processes whilst not compromising on how design should fit into people’s lives.

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Baluk Arts Sea HER Land at Benalla Art Gallery
Jun
23
to Aug 21

Baluk Arts Sea HER Land at Benalla Art Gallery

 Beverley Meldrum,  Washed up , 2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150cm. Photo_Fred Kroh

Beverley Meldrum, Washed up, 2018, ghost net, bailing twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line, kelp, 190 x 170 x 150cm. Photo_Fred Kroh

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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Small Victories
Jun
26
to Jul 28

Small Victories

 Kirsty Macafee,  Small Victories , 2018. Image courtesy the artist

Kirsty Macafee, Small Victories, 2018. Image courtesy the artist

VITRINE GALLERY

Small Victories

26 June - 28 July

Kirsty Macafee

Through actions of tension and balance, Small Victories explores the relationship between contemporary women and ‘the glass ceiling.’

The hand spun thread used throughout the installation appropriates the words of contemporary women in positions of leadership. Once printed, the text is hand spun on a drop spindle to create a reformatted image thread. The thread negotiates perspex obstacles, necessarily bending to accommodate the barriers while gently testing the boundaries of a supportive exhibition space.

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Kirsty Macafee lives and works in Melbourne. Her work is mostly sculptural and often engaged in themes of loss and abundance as she explores parallels between the way that images function in a digital networked culture and being. Kirsty’s practice is engaged in post-photographic and feminist maternal discourses. She draws on her multiple histories as crafter, mother and photographer and finds her practice at the intersection of these influences – seeking to reveal the invisible. Recently she has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Contemporary Textile Award, the 2017 Victorian Craft Awards and was commissioned to make work for the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Kirsty graduated from RMIT with first class honours in 2016.

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July Advice Clinic: Selling Online Check Up
Jul
3
1:00 PM13:00

July Advice Clinic: Selling Online Check Up

SELLING ONLINE CHECK UP

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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 July session is an opportunity to have your ONLINE STORE critiqued and analysed with an eye to marketplace and customer benchmarks. 

  • What are driving customers to your online store?
  • Are you converting visitors into customers?
  • Are you getting repeat customers online? 
  • Are you capturing abandoned carts?
  • How does your aesthetic and photography match your product?
  • Don’t have an online store?  Where to begin!?

The panel will look at your current online presence and offer critical feedback to improve potential sales.

Join:

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

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

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

Craft Annual Fundraising Dinner

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Craft Victoria is excited to present our 2018 Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction! 

An intimate affair celebrating our new home on Watson Place. Join us for a banquet dinner prepared by award-winning chefs from Supernormal, with fabulous wines and stylish entertainment. 

Thursday 23 August, 6.00pm, at Craft Victoria on Watson Place, behind Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane

Be quick and get your friends together as seats for this Black Tie with a Touch of Craft Event are limited.

Early bird tickets are available until 30 June!

$250 per ticket (includes $150 tax-deductible donation).

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Island Welcome Conversation Circle: community, collaboration, and welcome
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Island Welcome Conversation Circle: community, collaboration, and welcome

 Vicki Mason,  Garland for Azizeh,  2017. Photo Andrew Barcham

Vicki Mason, Garland for Azizeh, 2017. Photo Andrew Barcham

Craft will mark World Refugee Day #WithRefugees with an open conversation about making, collaboration, and craft's intersection with community building, identity, and politics.

As part of Craft's Island Welcome exhibition, this evening will expand on ideas and experiences around the ways we can enact community and welcome through our craft and making practices.  How does making bring people together?  How can craft objects communicate within the political arena?  Why is collaboration important to cross-cultural dialogue?

Speakers:

FREE TO ATTEND BUT MUST RSVP

image credit: Nicky Hepburn, Seaweed Lei 2017. Photo - Terry McConvill

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Collaborative Garland Making Workshop
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

Collaborative Garland Making Workshop

Craft will mark World Refugee Day #WithRefugees with a collaborative garland making workshop.

Facilitated by Island Welcome artists Anna Davern, Belinda Newick, Michelle Cangiano, and Nicky Hepburn, join us in Craft's main gallery space for a communal afternoon of making, creating and coming-together.

Using recycled plastic water bottles, the project aims to focus on the water restrictions placed on asylum seekers in detention.

Please bring used plastic PET bottles to recycle for this project.

FREE TO ATTEND BUT MUST RSVP

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APPLY: Craft Hatch Market August
Jun
20
9:00 AM09:00

APPLY: Craft Hatch Market August

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Craft Hatch is BACK!  Our emerging makers market program is returning, this time to the light-filled beauty of Five Easey Upstairs.

We are welcoming makers who would like to be showcased alongside other fresh, keen craftspeople under the banner of the Craft Cubed Festival on 25 August.

As part of this program we also offer mentoring, support and lots of retail foundations information to make your market excursion stress-free and professional (and fun).

 

 

 

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Is the Price Right? A Conversation - Kyneton
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Is the Price Right? A Conversation - Kyneton

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The Macedon Ranges Shire Council team up with Craft to present an important conversation on pricing art and craft objects.

Artists and craftspeople routinely undersell themselves and their work. So how to make a living? If you have ever wondered:

  • how can I make a living from my work?
  • how do we balance the demands of the market, the labour intensive quality of how creatives work and the bottom line of selling work?
  • how to match all of this with a narrative and education about why the handmade and the creative matters?
  • who gets how much of a cut and how does that affect the maker?

Speakers include:

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DENFAIR Front / Centre
Jun
14
to Jun 16

DENFAIR Front / Centre

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FRONT / CENTRE 2018

Craft presents four emerging maker designers as part of this year’s DENFAIR, Front / Centre – ceramicist Jack Balfour, lighting designer Max Leishman, furniture designers Nanci Ji and Marie Lefebvre will showcase their work across this three day trade fair. Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers, Denfair takes place over the 14th -16th of May at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Front / Centre is proudly supported by Schiavello and in partnership with Craft ACT, Craft Vic, Design Object Tasmania, JamFactory and Workshopped together with the Australian Design Centre.

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JACK BALFOUR

Jack Balfour is an emerging potter and designer producing a range of wheel thrown tableware and decorative pieces in porcelain. As he continues studies in industrial design, the pursuit and development of hand skills has been crucial to his work. With a focus on controlled forms accentuated by beautiful surfaces and subtle patterns, each individual object is a joyous celebration of making offering a unique experience.

This porcelain collection unites form and function with objects that can be admired for their beauty. Each object is thrown on the potter’s wheel by hand, refined, glazed and fired in Melbourne’s east. Translucent blues and greens reveal the pure white of the porcelain clay. Combined with chun and matt glazes to add variety to the colour palette. With subtle accents of chattered indentations that follow the curvature of the forms, these unique and individual objects hold a sense of presence, celebrating the experience of small batch design and production. 

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MARIE LEFEBVRE

Marie Lefebvre is a French designer who has lived in Australia since 2014. She studied Applied Art and Design for seven years in France and Belgium before working as a creative in advertising for twelve years across France, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. She then went on to study Furniture Design at RMIT in 2015. 

Inspired by the landscape of the region of Kansai, the Nara range is a versatile and modular collection of furniture pieces and objects. The Kvadrat upholstered bases come in two sizes, and can be complemented with a range of tabletops and accessories, including a mirror and a coat stand. The collection has been designed to create peaceful and nature-inspired interiors, and its generous curves and tactile materials give a soft escape from today’s busy and stressful lifestyles. This versatile design allows the user to create customisable configurations to suit both residential and commercial environments.

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MAX LEISHMAN

Max Leishman will be graduating this year from RMIT Industrial Design which will coincide with the first product launch of his new lighting collection Scintilla. Max aims to focus on bringing a highly refined sculptural aesthetic to the market within the furniture and lighting design industry. He now currently works at Darkon Lighting as a Junior Lighting Designer whilst pushing Scintilla out into the public. 

Scintilla is a collection of pendant lights inspired by various futurist space themes. The collection comes as finished modular pieces, which are characterised by a distinctive halo of light. These diamonds are manufactured via an investment casting process out of aluminium allowing for infinite formations and configurations.

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NANCY JI - WINNER OF FRONT/CENTRE AWARD

Nancy Ji is an architect and designer. She is passionate about design across varying scales and media, from objects to environments which enhance our everyday life. Nancy obtained a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2014 and has worked for renowned architecture practices in Japan and Melbourne, and now teaches and leads design studios at the University of Melbourne. In 2016 Nancy was the recipient of the Mercedes Benz Design Award, which saw her winning piece, the Lily Tray Table produced by Tait. In 2017, she received the Emerging Designer Award at the Melbourne Fringe Furniture Festival.

Archie is a playful and functional table crafted from single slabs of terrazzo. A circular table top and arched legs are cut from standard sized tiles motivated by the goal of utilising the whole sheet of material to minimize waste. Each piece features carefully designed notches that allow quick assembly without any nails or fixings. The table slots together easily and can be flat packed for efficient storage and transportation. Archie is water jet cut and carefully honed by hand on all sides for a smooth finish. The design allows for custom colour combinations by using different coloured tiles together.

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See below for an interview with Nancy last year after winning the Craft Emerging Maker Prize at Fringe Furniture 2017

 

 

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June Advice Clinic: Instagram Check Up
Jun
5
1:00 PM13:00

June Advice Clinic: Instagram Check Up

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 June 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 to attend, but please register below - three time slots available

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Social Media Fundamentals for Creatives: City of Casey
May
23
2:00 PM14:00

Social Media Fundamentals for Creatives: City of Casey

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Craft Victoria teams with the City of Casey at their amazing new Bunjil Place complex to present social media fundamentals and tricks for artists, craftspeople and other creatives.

This free seminar is an accessible and friendly opportunity to get your teeth into Instagram and Facebook as a way to promote and share your creative practice.

Join Gemma Jones (Craft Victoria) and Anthea Riskas (Full Tilt Nanna) for an afternoon with plenty of Q&A and cups of tea.

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Copyright Your Craft
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Copyright Your Craft

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Law Week presented by Victoria Law Foundation

Copyright and intellectual property can be a delicate and tricky issue in the creative industries, but for craftspeople there are object and production specific issues that are worth being aware of.

What are the principles of copyright and intellectual property that are most misunderstood?

How can we make and act in a way to protect our practice, our work and ideas before a storm hits?

How can we best be respectful of the intellectual property within our wider craft community?

What things can we do to bolster our brands and intellectual property in positive non-legal ways too?

This panel discussion will bring makers and legal professionals together for an open discussion around this evergreen topic.

Panellists include:

Tickets $15 members / $30 non-members

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Image: Esther Stewart, How to Decorate a Dump, Heide 2016 (photo: Christian Capurro

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APPLY: Craft Cubed Festival Satellite Program
May
8
9:30 AM09:30

APPLY: Craft Cubed Festival Satellite Program

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As part of our Craft Cubed Festival in August, Craft's Satellite Program is our famous open access DIY platform for members to host their own projects and events under the umbrella of the Festival.  From emerging makers up, we invite you to dream up handmade exhibitions, open-studios, workshops, online projects and beyond.  

Application deadline EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT 8 MAY

Image Credit: The Golden Opportunity Shop, 2015 Ria Green and Alicia Bryson Haynes 

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This is not Memphis - In conversation
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

This is not Memphis - In conversation

A conversation unpacking the philosophical meaning of craft through the lens of makers from our current exhibition - the meaning and impetus of the handmade, the value of working locally, and the push back against mass production.

This is an opportunity to hear the voices of contemporary makers and thinkers who are deeply invested the in the currency of craftsmanship, quality, process, ingenuity, virtuosity and beauty in our community.

Speakers include: Prof. Michael Trudgeon (Director, Crowd Productions), Simone LeAmon (Hugh D.T. Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV), Damien Wright, Laura McCusker, and Adam Markowitz.
 

Light refreshments served

FREE TO ATTEND BUT BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

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Selling Yourself in Kyneton
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Selling Yourself in Kyneton

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CRAFT and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council team up to present a confidence building workshop for artists and makers looking for tips on how to promote themselves and their work.

This intimate session will unpack ideas on how to help you and your work stand out in the crowd, with topics such as:

  • how to write a compelling artist bio
  • how to talk about yourself and your practice
  • the art of a press release and
  • social media smarts

If you're a creative looking for a fresh approach on how to know yourself, increase your confidence, write on social media, talk about yourself and sell your work, don't miss this!

SPEAKERS

Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria

Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

Lee Sandwith, Trio Agency

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Market Ready in Kyneton
May
1
4:00 PM16:00

Market Ready in Kyneton

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CRAFT join with Macedon Ranges Shire Council in Kyneton to present an inspiring and instructive discussion for creatives interested in taking their wares to market.

Presented by experienced marketeers, the session will guide participants through practical preparation tips, marketing, sales and presentation strategies for makers who are looking to sell in craft and design markets, trade fairs and pop-up shops.

Speakers will draw on their unique knowledge of trades and markets, and discuss their personal experiences in:

  • creating strong product branding
  • negotiating cross-platform selling
  • savvy marketing preparation and logistics
  • developing a memorable market presence through visual merchandising
  • positive communication and 
  • smart product pricing

Speakers: Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria and Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

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May Members' Advice Clinic
May
1
1:00 PM13:00

May Members' Advice Clinic

ADVICE CLINIC MAY
OBJECT REVIEW PANEL :: RETAIL

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In 2018 we are introducing a brand 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 May session is an opportunity to have your work critiqued from a retail perspective.  Bring in your craftworks, your works in progress, your concepts - and the panel will give you feedback based on a retail and commercial perspective.

Panel includes:

  • Jenny Brown from Melbournalia
  • Louise Meuwissen textile artist and member of Craft Retail Team
  • Rebecca Saunders, Deputy Retail Manager at Craft

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Free to attend, but please register below

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This is not Memphis
Apr
28
to May 26

This is not Memphis

This is not Memphis

 Adam Markowitz,  Assegai Pendant ,  Fred table,  and  Flea chair . Photo: Ben Clement. Styling: Tamara Maynes. Ceramics: Cone11

Adam Markowitz, Assegai Pendant, Fred table, and Flea chair. Photo: Ben Clement. Styling: Tamara Maynes. Ceramics: Cone11

Adam Markowitz, Bern Chandley, Bryan Cush, Damien Wright, Daniel Poole, and Laura McCusker

It’s no secret, no new idea that we live in a fast-paced world. Bombarded with an endless stream of visual stimuli we seek an anchor in what is familiar, creating an ongoing cycle of the same image, the same object, re-styled and re-presented. This familiarity comes to stand for quality and worth, and as a consequence something valuable is lost.

Craftsmanship is a language. It speaks of techniques distilled and refined through process and time; profound material knowledge combined with resourcefulness and adaptability; and a deep respect for the role these objects play in our lives.

Here is furniture that honours the power of the lived object. Respecting the past this work stands firmly in the present, and looks passionately to the future. It tells stories of concepts born in wood, and crafted by hands that speak fluently. It is made to live with, and to live well. It is unapologetically made to last.

“Our work is about an authenticity that can be tested by the metrics of skill, discipline, time, process, ingenuity, virtuosity and beauty.  It demands a connection between the head, the heart, the hand, and the land. And it stands its ground against a complacency and complicity in consumption and waste in our culture.

We believe that intellectual and physical quality matter equally. Making and designing are one.  This is our vision of what it means to design and make in this country right now.”

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Gallery Two: SKIN by Lauralai Wilson
Apr
25
to May 26

Gallery Two: SKIN by Lauralai Wilson

 Skin, 2018, by Lauralai Wilson, image courtesy the artist

Skin, 2018, by Lauralai Wilson, image courtesy the artist

Winner of the Retail and Development award in 2017’s Fresh! exhibition and recipient of the McCraith Scholarship in Fine Art , jeweller and object maker Lauralai Wilson returns to Craft with a solo exhibition of new works which respond to heartbreak and an exploration of what comes afterwards.

‘In nature, organisms adapt their morphology in the face of change. Working through jewellery I consider the adaptations we are able to make within our own skins. I stitch growth and progression into surfaces, making works that transform and protect the wearer. Skin is an expression of strength, sensuality, loss, vulnerability, surrender and awakening.’ – Lauralai Wilson

Graduating from Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT in 2016, Lauralai’s practice is led by considered explorations of stone, sand, silicone and silver along with adaptations of raw minerals, and alterations of surface and form through chemical synthesis. Her work aims to dispel the lacklustre nature of routine, to provide the viewer or wearer with a temporary escapism and a connection to the otherworld present in their psyche, imagination or memory.

image: Skin, 2018, by Lauralai Wilson, image courtesy the artist

ENTRY FREE

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APRIL ADVICE CLINIC: BRANDING AND PACKAGING
Apr
10
1:00 PM13:00

APRIL ADVICE CLINIC: BRANDING AND PACKAGING

In 2018 we have introduced a brand 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 April session is focused on branding and packaging where we invite you to come for a quick discussion about how you wrap up your practice for market – be it literally packaging, or branding such as logos, bylines and overall visual narrative in your graphic design.

Bring in samples of your packaging, logos and other related branding.

This month we have:

Tyler Verbeek, House of Home

Viktoria Laux, Craft Victoria

Eliza Tiernan, Craft Victoria

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

FREE TO ATTEND, BUT PLEASE REGISTER

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Vipoo Srivilasa Everyday Shrines at Gippsland Art Gallery
Mar
31
to Jun 17

Vipoo Srivilasa Everyday Shrines at Gippsland Art Gallery

     Peace Together,  2017, by Vipoo Srivalasa, image courtesy the artist

 

Peace Together, 2017, by Vipoo Srivalasa, image courtesy the artist

Presented in association with Craft as part of their Craft Forward series, Everyday Shrines features fourteen new works, together with an earlier work acquired for the Gallery collection in 2015.

Some works included in the exhibition, such as Coat of Arms and Land of Success, shine a spotlight on national pride and Australian values, while Tree Nymph and Beckoning Kangaroo present a strange mash-up of Australian and Asian symbology. Srivilasa’s sculptures are both extraordinarily beautiful and present a humorous commentary on our everyday society.

 

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Northcity4 - 14 Benches
Mar
15
to Apr 21

Northcity4 - 14 Benches

Northcity4 - 14 Benches

  Federleicht, by Flavia Barar, Image courtesy the artist

Federleicht, by Flavia Barar, Image courtesy the artist

Curated by Anna Gray

This March, Gallery Two at Craft 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.

With the collaborative nature of the shared workshop space in mind, this exhibition acknowledges the value of community to creative work and explores the inspirations driving individual artistic practices.

Anna Davern, Annelies Hofmeyr, Jin Ah Jo, Emma Grace, Laila Marie Costa, Juan Castro, Flavia Barar, Georgie Brooks, Anna Gray, Ali Limb, Amanda Croatto, Cass Partington, Mehrnoosh Ganji and Pamela Camille

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Vanguard: Contemporary makers using new technologies
Mar
15
to Apr 21

Vanguard: Contemporary makers using new technologies

VANGUARD: CONTEMPORARY MAKERS USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

 Alterfact,  The Strip , 2017, dimensions variable

Alterfact, The Strip, 2017, dimensions variable

 

Image: Alterfact, The Strip, 2017, dimensions variable, courtesy the artists

VANGUARD: CONTEMPORARY MAKERS USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 15 March – Saturday 21 April 2018
Afternoon in Conversation: Saturday 17 March 2 - 3 pm

Opening event:  Saturday 17 March, 3 – 5 pm

ENTRY FREE

Combining craft philosophies, methodologies and materials with new and existing technologies, Alterfact, Bin Dixon-Ward, and Michaela Pegum are at the forefront of exciting developments in contemporary craft practice.

Through their experimental and sensitive approach to making, these artists are creating new materials, expanding the possibilities of various technologies, and contributing to a new interpretation of the handmade in craft.

ARTIST BIOS:

Alterfact is an experimental design studio created by Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau. Alterfact’s practice is currently focused on the use of 3D printing in clay as a small batch manufacturing process. They push the boundaries of this traditionally plastic-based medium, and play with its connotations of utilitarianism and gimmickry, as it moves into a feasible reality. 

Bin Dixon-Ward uses CAD and 3D printing to explore the links between the geometry of buildings and contemporary jewellery. She references architectural elements in her work, explaining “I am using the same tools that are used to design buildings to design jewellery but on a different scale”.

Through phenomenological, poetic and material investigations Michaela Pegum’s current work explores experiences that hover on the thresholds of knowledge and mystery and how these experiences can be expressed in material form. She is particularly interested in in the resonance that is created between art object and beholder, and the generation of new and unique materials.

Craft Watson Place (off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal) Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Women's Day: Tea and Conversation
Mar
8
2:00 PM14:00

International Women's Day: Tea and Conversation

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An afternoon tea held at Craft Victoria’s Library to celebrate International Women’s Day and acknowledge the deep connection of women, craft and feminism.

An informal gathering with tea, cakes and conversation with a hand picked group of women makers, shakers and feminists who all care about crafting, making and community.

Meet other makers and enjoy our current exhibition FRESH!

Guests include:

Tickets $10 / $15

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March Members' Advice Clinic
Mar
6
1:00 PM13:00

March Members' Advice Clinic

ADVICE CLINIC MARCH
YOUR WORDS: CRAFTED WRITING

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In 2018 we are introducing a brand 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 March session is focused on the way your writing provides a strong foundation for your craft practice.  We invite members to reflect on your current:

  • Artist Bio
  • Artist Statement
  • CV
  • Grant Application
  • Exhibition Proposal

Come to us for feedback on how your crafted words can truly be your own, and how they can support your making in positive ways.  We will provide on the spot red-pen mark-ups!

This month we have:

  • Dr Kim Goodwin, Deakin University, Researcher in the Arts & Cultural Management Program
  • Sarah Weston, Craft Retail Manager and Business Development
  • Gemma Jones, Public Programs Manager
  • Chloë Powell, Curator and Exhibition Manager

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Free to attend, but please register by email. 

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Instagram Masterclass for Makers
Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Instagram Masterclass for Makers

Craft Victoria Skillbuilding Workshop

Craft Victoria have designed an intensive workshop for makers and artists to hone and harness their Instagram skills. 

  • IPhone Photography with Sarah Weston (Craft Victoria)
  • Professional Styling and Flatlays with Annette Wagner (Designer and Product Developer) 
  • Narrative, Conversation and Messaging with Lee Sandwith (Trio Agency) 
  • Behind the scenes Analytics, Scheduling, third party apps with Anthea Riskas (Maker and Social Media Expert) 

 

Not for the faint hearted.  This is a mega intensive day designed for craft-makers aimed at getting your Instagram game totally en pointe.  You will also gain strong transferable skills in photography, styling and thinking about your brand.

Over the course of a day, we will cover:

  • iPhonography - using your smart phone to take professional quality photos of your craft objects, using third party editing apps and how to use a soft box. Think: light, bright, moody and focussed!
  • Professional Styling – how to think holistically about the look and feel of your Instagram and how to fashion tableaux and flatlays to best enhance your crafted works. Think: colour, props and visual storytelling!
  • Using your Words – how to create meaningful narrative, how to create call-to-action, the importance of conversation and smart use of hashtags. Think: savvy hashtags, sincere conversations and adding meaning to your visual narrative.
  • Behind the Scenes – using a business account, looking at analytics, scheduling your posts for good times, getting seen in the feed and searches, bots n bans and the Dos & Don’ts of third party apps. Think: secrets of professional Instagrammers!
  • Lunch – a healthy vegan lunch from Good Freaking Food plus tea, coffee and snacks.
  • Printables – takeaway material to keep you focussed.

Pre-requistites

  • An Instagram account
  • A craft or making practice
  • A smartphone

Limited to 20 participants in four groups of 5

You will work together with four other participants in breakaway groups of just 5 to make sure you get all your questions answered and plenty of specific one-on-one attention.

SOLD OUT

Image: Annette Wagner

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February Members' Advice Clinic
Feb
6
1:00 PM13:00

February Members' Advice Clinic

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ADVICE CLINIC FEBRUARY
OBJECT: CRAFT TO CONSUMER

In 2018 we are introducing a brand 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.

The February session is focused on the potential of your new objects and "works in progress".  Bring your craftwork to the panel and talk about its potential for exhibition, retail and other pathways.  Get professional face-to-face feedback about your IRL work.

This month we have:

  • Sarah Weston, Craft Retail Manager and Business Development

  • Gemma Jones, Public Programs Manager

  • Louise Meuwissen, artist, textile designer and industry professional

Free to attend, but please register by email. 

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Number Crunching for Makers
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Number Crunching for Makers

Craft Victoria x Radiant Pavilion 2018

Craft Victoria and Radiant Pavilion present: a professional development seminar about becoming more financially confident and money savvy. 

This evening will provide solid foundations for people to consider in terms of book keeping, record management and taxation.  And to make something that most crafters and artists find intimidating, both accessible and liberating!

  • How should makers set up their business foundations?
  • Where should you keep all those bits of paper?
  • What are your key tips for approaching financial record keeping?
  • What kind of help should people seek?
  • What technology is available to assist makers?
  • What are the most common mistakes people make in the arena of book keeping and tax time?
  • How to demystify GST and BAS! 

SPEAKERS: to include an accountant with a sympathy with artists, Victoria Mason (a jeweller with a book keeping degree) and a professional business development advisor! 

A light supper will be provided.

Craft Members and Radiant Pavilion Friends $20

Non-Members $40

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Writing for Makers at City of Casey
Jan
31
2:00 PM14:00

Writing for Makers at City of Casey

Craft Victoria present an accessible (and free) seminar about using your words to support your creative practice!

Get a handle on the basics of:

  • What makes a great Artist Bio
  • Writing an Artist Statement
  • Putting together a meaningful Exhibition Proposal
  • And, tips for Grant Application writing

Gemma Jones from Craft Victoria and Kim Goodwin, Research Assistant at Deakin University present together in a motivating seminar to help you give added meaning to your own practice.  Fine tune some skills that you can transfer to: press releases, social media, websites, in-person and more...

Take these skills in understanding the art of communicating your own creative life to bolster and focus what it is you make!  A confidence boost for makers who rarely stop to reflect on their practice.

Venue: Bunjil Place Library
2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Enquiries: arts@casey.vic.gov.au or phone 9705 5200

photo credit: Kim Goodwin

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Gallery Relationships Conversation Circle
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Gallery Relationships Conversation Circle

Craft Victoria x Radiant Pavilion 2018

Craft Victoria and Radiant Pavilion present: A casual conversation forum between makers, gallerists and curators about positive professional relationship building. 

What are the expectations that makers should aspire to?  How do you garner a positive reputation (both as a maker and gallery) as someone positive to work with?  How do good collaborations happen?  What are the benchmarks for common courtesy in the art and craft realm?

What other cultural understanding do we need to consider in the professional relationships that we build?

What does a good exhibition proposal look like?  What should you do if you see a curator out socially?  What should be in your “artist kit” as a maker?

How does this look in retail environments too? 

Our goal is to promote conversation and dialogue between the different strata in our community and break down the us/them mentality.  We would like this conversation to help build respect between makers, artists and the different types of galleries which support craft in Melbourne.

A light supper will be provided.

SPEAKERS:

MEMBERS & RADIANT PAVILION FRIENDS $20

NON-MEMBERS $40

Places are limited as this is a smaller, more intimate event

Image: Anna Davern

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