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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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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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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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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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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Island Welcome
Jun
2
to Jun 30

Island Welcome

    Belinda Newick,  Hope  2017, stainless steel mesh, stainless steel wire, 70cm diameter. Photo Andrew Barcham

 

Belinda Newick, Hope 2017, stainless steel mesh, stainless steel wire, 70cm diameter. Photo Andrew Barcham

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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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CRAFT X STARWARD WHISKY NIGHT
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

CRAFT X STARWARD WHISKY NIGHT

We are thrilled to present an exclusive Craft x STARWARD Whisky Night in December! Working to create a custom series of vessels for whiskeys and cocktails with the award-winning (and Melbourne based) STARWARD Distillery, each craftsperson has explored a different take on traditional vessels, creating unique forms which celebrate both concept and technical skill in functional craft. 

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Makers at the Market
Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

Makers at the Market

Visit PAM Lane within Preston Market to witness Craft Victoria members making live onsite.  This is a mini studio pop up event where makers will be showcasing their studio practice.

Meet: 

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Is the price right? A panel discussion about how to price craftwork
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Is the price right? A panel discussion about how to price craftwork

Craft Victoria and Radiant Pavilion present:

Is the price right? A panel discussion about how to price craftwork

Across so many contexts, we hear

  • “How much is this worth?”
  • “What should I charge for this?”
  • “Why does that cost so much?”

Craftspeople routinely undersell themselves and their work.  So how to make a living?

How do we balance the demands of the market, the labour intensive quality of how craftspeople work and the bottom line of selling work?  How do we match all of this with a narrative and education about why the handmade matters?  How much is a lifetime of skill worth in comparison to skill-less non-craft that looks like craft?  How does function impact on worthiness?  Who gets how much of a cut and how does that affect the maker?

We invite you to a panel discussion with Q&A about the different ways craftwork can be priced.

Enjoy drinks in the brand new Craft space behind Supernormal on Flinders Lane and take the opportunity to meet your peers.

Speakers include:

Thursday 2 November, 6pm – 8pm
Craft Victoria
Watson Place (behind Supernormal)
Melbourne CBD

Member price $20
Non-Member price $40

image below: Chela Edmunds - photo by Heather Lighton via Guild of Objects

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FUTURE ARTEFACTS
Oct
12
to Nov 18

FUTURE ARTEFACTS

Craft Victoria presents a major collaborative exhibition of works by acclaimed conceptual designers Alexi Freeman, Tessa Blazey and photographer Jane Burton.

Presenting Future Artefacts, the culmination of a seven-year collaboration between conceptual designers Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, and an unveiling of new collaborations with photographer Jane Burton, sculptor Kate Rohde, and composer Byron Meyer.

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Gippsland Art Makers Forum
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Gippsland Art Makers Forum

Best Practice: Professional Foundations for Creatives

Join the Gippsland Art Gallery in partnership with Craft Victoria for a series of short talks
and a panel discussion from three experienced makers who have combined their creative
practices with small businesses.


These artists will talk about the motivations behind their creativity and how they run
their businesses. A representative from Craft Victoria, two makers and a gallery / retail outlet in region with an emphasis on contemporary craft and design, will also speak about the retail aspects of craft and making.

They will also give insight into Craft Victoria as an organisation and the ways in which it supports contemporary craftspeople.  With a focus on professional development, this program is also a social networking opportunity to learn and share with other artists and craftspeople.

Anthea Abell, Full Tilt Nanna
Cian Cottee, Gracie Keal
Jes John & Jill Hermans, The Foundry
Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria

PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED!
PRIOR BOOKING AND PAYMENT ESSENTIAL!
T 03 5142 3500 or E galleryenquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au

IMAGE: Jes John

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Selling Yourself - Warragul
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Selling Yourself - Warragul

  • Trafalgar ArtsSpace 1 Trafalgar Station (map)
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Bawbaw Shire and Craft Victoria present:
Selling Yourself – Skills for Creatives

An intimate seminar presented by Craft Victoria about how to approach your audience with meaningful narrative about yourself and your work.  Learn how to use the story of yourself to build your artist biography and add depth and value to your practice.  Gemma Jones and Anthea Abell will help you to communicate the originality of you work both in person and in the written form.  A tailored seminar for makers looking to build confidence, host events and sell their work.

Presenters
Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria
Anthea Abell, Full Tilt Nanna

Anthea Abell is the creative crochet queen behind Full Tilt Nanna. With a background in sales, Anthea is also a social media gun for hire and understands the needs and pressures of being a mama and a maker and a business woman.

Gemma Jones is the Public Programs Manager at Craft Victoria. She manages the Craft Cubed Festival and the Craft Hatch Market program. She is also a painter, print maker, mother and market aficionado with a feminist perspective on success. She believes in building confidence in creatives as part of reaching goals.

Free event

Image: Anthea Abell

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Oct
5
to Nov 17

Oh My Goddess! Isabel Avendano-Hazbun

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Craft is proud to present the first solo exhibition of maker designer Isabel Avendano-Hazbun. Trained in both textiles and furniture design, Isabel is fascinated by the intersections and material qualities of her chosen mediums.  

Oh My Goddess features an entirely new body of work which draws on her experiences growing up in Colombia and explores mythical and historical representations of women, gender and identity.

Isabel’s grandmother was a costume maker and seamstress, and Isabel recounts days spent in her studio as a child watching her create elaborate and colourful pieces for the Carnaval de Barranquilla.

Working with a diversity of process from the steaming and carving of timbers to her use of traditional upholstery techniques, each piece has been made by hand and holds armour-like qualities, claiming the space through their richness of colour and exaggerated proportions.

 Linked to the body and adornment as a political methodology, both a communicator and challenge to social structures, Oh My Goddess invites you to consider the future of our society and the way we use language and imagery to define identity and gender.

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Oct
5
to Oct 21

Linda Hughes - Striped Inference

Craft Victoria presents a distillation of Linda Hughes’ recent exhibition Striped Inference in our new gallery space.

Linda Hughes’ jewellery explores the different ways in which we use and decipher the stripe in everyday streetscapes. In this exhibition we see a deeper investigation into the political and societal settings of the stripe in Western painting. Hidden meanings and cultural mores move between playful, fashionable and symbols of alienation.

5 October – 21 October 2017

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Apply to show at Preston Market
Oct
4
to Nov 3

Apply to show at Preston Market

As part of a new relationship with Preston Market, we are creating a space for Craft Makers to showcase their practice LIVE at the Preston Market.

For more than 45 years Preston Market has been the fresh food and multi-cultural hub of Melbourne's North, playing a pivotal role within the daily lives of the people of Darebin and surrounds.

The Market has been undergoing a renewal and with works almost complete there is an opportunity to re-energise and deepen the market experience; celebrating traders and drawing in the community.

A new events and activities program at Preston Market has been launched to unlock creative opportunities and create positive change, through engaging experiences that grow out of the market.

We have a limited number of spots available under the banner of Craft and we are inviting members to apply to participate at Preston Market on 19 November.

WHO – Any Craft Victoria Member*
* if you are not already a Craft Member, you can become one from $30

WHAT – come to the Market and set up a mini-studio or making station for the day.  Just come, make and let people witness your craft in action.  You are also welcome to have works for sale, clipboard for gathering mailing list sign ups, business cards etc… 

WHAT ELSE - You are also absolutely welcome to offer mini-drop in workshops at your table, and we can provide a few extra chairs to facilitate this.  You are welcome to charge for this if you like.  We suggest a simple gold coin (or a fiver – something simple and accessible).

WHERE – Preston Market, Cramer St & Mary St, Preston

WHEN – Sunday 19 November 2017

HOW – apply below

DEADLINE - 3 November 2017

OBLIGATIONS:

  • Have your own Public Liability Insurance (if you are a current Craft Accredited Member, then you do.  Also short term one-off PLI is quite simple to get)
  • Be prepared to be on site all day – we can not offer half days
  • Provide everything you need to make-on-site
  • Have any electricals tested & tagged

WE WILL PROVIDE:

  • Space
  • Chair and table if required (you might just like to sit on a blanket on the ground – up to you!)
  • Promotion leading up to the day
  • Parking
  • Coffee and lunch
  • $60 per diem

 

INTERESTED?

Apply before the end of October 2017

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