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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Baluk Arts Sea HER Land at Benalla Art Gallery
Jun
23
to Aug 26

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

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.

OPENING INVITATION
Join the Baluk artists, Craft Victoria and Benalla Art Gallery representatives to celebrate the exhibition opening.

Saturday July 14, 3 - 4.30pm

Guest speakers: Jane Smith, CEO Craft Victoria; Lisa Waup, Sea HER Land curator
RSVP to Benalla Art Gallery by July 9 on 03 5760 2619 or email gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au


 
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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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