Craft Cubed 2019 - Applications open
Mar
8
to May 6

Craft Cubed 2019 - Applications open

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The 10th Craft Cubed Festival invites makers and creative organizations to join us in forging another celebration of the handmade this August.

Applications for both our famous Window Walk Project and our DIY Satellite Program under the theme of Crafting Culture are now open.

Craft Cubed Festival is funded by the City of Melbourne.

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Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre
Mar
9
to May 12

Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre

Maree Clarke,  Kangaroo Tooth Necklace,  2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Maree Clarke, Kangaroo Tooth Necklace, 2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Presented in association with Mildura Art Centre as part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Forward series, Reimagining Culture - Contemporary Connections to Country will bring together a selection of existing works by Mutti Mutti, Boonwurrung, Yorta Yorta woman and multi-disciplinary artist Maree Clarke, and new works made in collaboration by Maree and her nieces and nephews.

Maree’s family lives in Mildura and the surrounding area. Reimagining Culture is an opportunity for them to (re)imagine their culture in the place they live and have lived. It will explore how they create their traditions through research and respect of the land, while drawing strength from their Ancestors.

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Fresh!
Mar
23
to May 4

Fresh!

Aphra Cheesman,  Plug and Socket  ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

Aphra Cheesman, Plug and Socket ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

FRESH!
23 March - 4 May 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

The Finalists

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

The Selection Panel

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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Conversations With A Landscape
Apr
9
to May 18

Conversations With A Landscape

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Robyn Phelan,  Conversation with a Tree - Recording,  2018, digital image.

Robyn Phelan, Conversation with a Tree - Recording, 2018, digital image.

Conversations with a landscape
9 April - 18 May 2019

Robyn Phelan

Conversations with a landscape presents an investigation into our relationship with Australian landscape.

”I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.

These objects respond to a tree and the place in which it grows. The artist would like to acknowledge that this work was made beside the waters and on lands of the Taungurung Clans. This tree stands majestic and sublime, its imposing size suggesting it is many hundred years old. A vital living thing, a survivor of colonial impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry,19th century and ongoing farming and leisure activities. It stands on the verge of a stone-filled mountain river, teetering on the boundaries of possessed and Crown lands.

Conversations with a Landscape uses the framed space of a vitrine to propose that we occupy a newly defined place in nature and within the genre of landscape. The making of these ceramic artefacts is the outcome of a corresponding and complimentary flow of material with a vital connection to place.”




Robyn Phelan makes sculptural and ceramic works out of the Elm Place Studios in North Melbourne. Referencing art history, a sense of place, and concern for the environment, her works question ‘what and who are we? For the artist, clay is a material with immense agency and is intrinsic to the universal human experience. Robyn has a diverse range of professional visual arts experience, and is an avid observer and writer of contemporary ceramic practice. Robyn is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at RMIT. She also teachers in Ceramics and Professional Practice.  

https://robynphelan.com.au/
@robynphelan

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May Advice Clinic - Packaging and branding
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

May Advice Clinic - Packaging and branding

May Advice Clinic for Members

PACKAGING & BRANDING

Last year we 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 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.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

1-3pm (select your window when you book)

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Warped Perspectives
May
11
to Jul 6

Warped Perspectives

Meghan Spielman,  Contradict  (detail) , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Meghan Spielman, Contradict (detail), 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Warped Perspectives
11 May - 6 July 2019

Co-curated by Beck Jobson

An exhibition of contemporary tapestry and loom woven textiles that explores materiality, process, and the intersections between textiles, painting, and sculptural form.

Artists include: Meghan Spielman (USA), Jennifer Robertson (ACT), Tim Gresham (VIC), Amanda Ho (VIC), Ana Petidis (VIC), Britt Salt (VIC), and Sara Lindsay (VIC).

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Copyright your Craft 2019
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Copyright your Craft 2019

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Intellectual property and contracts can be a delicate and tricky issue in the creative industries, and it is wise for craftspeople, designers and makers to be aware of the ways they can protect their work and ideas before a storm hits. Learn more about intellectual property specifically tailored to the craft community in this Law Week event.

$15 Craft Members and  $30 Non Craft Members

This session will bring together ideas and experiences which reflect on copyright for makers.

Victoria Wells is the principal at Radvocato: Kick-ass legal for start-ups, creatives & the entrepreneurially inclined.

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Maker Headshot Day + Object Photography
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Maker Headshot Day + Object Photography

A specially designed day for makers with some professional photographic takeaways.

We are bringing together a portrait photographer, a product photographer and a professional stylist to give you a crafted, personalised experience.  You’ll get a beautiful mini folio of photos of you and photos of your work which you can go on to exploit on your website, social media, press releases and the like!

Spend time with photographer Natalie Jeffcott and stylist Emily Deneys to take your headshot.  Then take your own craft objects over to Craft Victoria’s own Sarah Weston to have them styled and photographed.

The day includes feedback, a cheersquad and generous refreshments … as well as a beautiful opportunity to hang out with like minded makers.

 WHO WILL BE LOOKING AFTER YOU:

Natalie Jeffcott is a professional freelance photographer. Having received her Bachelor of Arts in Photography from RMIT in 2001, and a Diploma of Visual Merchandising from RMIT TAFE, she currently provides her trademark imagery for Australian magazines including Frankie, Smith Journal and SPACES.  Natalie enjoys the variety of both natural location shots with other studio sets constructed with artificial lighting.  Natalie has worked with Craft Victoria in the past shooting maker headshots with spot-on results.

Emily Deneys is a personal stylist with a love of ethical Australian made clothing and second hand fashion, capitalising on her knack for op shopping.  Emily advocates for more sustainable looks and is dedicated to helping people dress with confidence and ultimately have fun, because clothing and fashion should be fun!  She joins the team for this headshot day to be your cheerleader and micro-styling champion.

 Sarah Weston is Craft Victoria’s Retail and Business Development Manager.  She works daily with craftspeople with an eye to making their work look professional, detailed and at its aesthetic best.  She is a social media gun when it comes to visual merchandising and product photography.  She’s part of this day to take a suite of object photographs of your wares to add to your folio. 

 WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  •  A styling tip sheet before the event to help you prepare.

  •  30 minutes with Portrait Photographer & Stylist, 2-3 different backdrops

  • Receive 4-6 different headshot images, all with lo-res / hi-res, square crop, circle crop, portrait or landscape, colour and black & white versions.

  • Professional photo editing is included in your fee

  • 30 minutes with Object Photographer in Studio 2, 4 x object shots. Objects must be smaller than 30cm x 30cm

  • Drinks and snacks from our generous grazing table (plenty of vegan and gluten free options)

 WHAT TO BRING:

  •  Additional accessories – scarf, earrings, jewellery, cardigan, alternative hair option

  • Comb and makeup to refresh

  • Up to four objects maximum size 30cm x 30cm

WHEN AND HOW:

  •  Saturday 18 May 2019

  • $295 for members and $350 for non-members*

  • Book in for a one of our four sessions. 

  • Each session is a total of 2 hours. 

  • You will be sharing this session with three others.

  • You will get 15-30 minutes one-on-one for your Headshot and 30 minutes one-on-one for your Object Photography session.

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes ahead of your session start time.

* If you are a Craft Victoria Member, please use the discount code: MEMBER295 for your Member price.  Membership discount only valid for paid, current members of Craft Victoria.

EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS FOR $250 – USE THE CODE: PHOTOBIRD

Four Session options:

  • 9am (arrive at 8:45)

  • 11:15am (arrive at 11am)

  • 1:45pm (arrive at 1pm)

  • 4pm (arrive at 3:45pm)

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Crease-resistant
May
21
to Jun 22

Crease-resistant

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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Crease-resistant
21 May - 22 June 2019

Anna Fiedler

The weavings are made with crimplene thread, a synthetic fabric that was discontinued in the 1970s. Woven loosely, they become thin and fragile. The vacuum seal bags preserve their fragility, keeping them from being used or damaged. Removing the air from these bags emphasises each woven thread and the form of each weaving so that every movement and gesture that went into making them is highlighted.

Both are used for similar purposes, the invention of crimplene thread was to make wrinkle-free clothing that consequently did not allow your skin to breath and removing the oxygen from vacuum seal bags to keep household clothes and fabrics from creasing while in storage.

Anna Fiedler's practice utilises the process of weaving to remove the boundaries surrounding traditional craft making. Objects are created to become something no longer recognisable as a classic weaving; attempting to re-deduce their fixity between both craft and new materialism.

In size, the works often respond to the loom they were made on. This idea of a relationship between woman and loom is substantiated through the melodic and calming process of making the weavings. These works find their criticality within this process, softening differences between process and outcome. Her fragile works explore preservation but also encapsulate their history and ancient methods.

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Jun
25
to Jul 27

Time body

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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

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

Time Body
25 June - 27 July 2019

Nora Thamthanakorn

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

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

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

www.norathamthanakorn.com
@norathamthanakorn

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Jul
30
to Aug 31

Reverent Extrusions

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Jess Lyons,  Past, Present and the Before  (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Jess Lyons, Past, Present and the Before (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Reverent Extrusions
30 July - 31 August 2019

Jess Lyons

Reverent Extrusions looks to re-contextualise the vitrine showcase gallery as a display or archival cabinet like that within a traditional museum collection, displaying cylindrical ceramic sculptural objects.

Jess Lyons is a ceramics-based artist (currently studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours at RMIT). Her practice is concerned with influences of inherited craft skills and scientific wisdom that have been passed down through her family. Transference from past to present - seepage between spaces and time - fluxus between physical states are explored in Jess’s most current research and projects. Jess’s motivation is driven by an innate desire to articulate the ‘self’ via the ceramic process - focusing on glaze development and the transformation of materials.

wivenhoeceramics.com
@wivenhoe_ceramics

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Flourish
Sep
3
to Oct 5

Flourish

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Ailsa Morrant,  The value is in the connection  (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant


Ailsa Morrant, The value is in the connection (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant

Flourish
3 September - 5 October 2019

Curated by Michelle Stewart

Artists : Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant,Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.


An observation of commonality through diversity that emerges from shared experience.

Six emerging artists have gathered in the shifting milieu of Scotland’s largest city and spent a year working alongside one another in the Glasgow School of Art, Artist in Residence program. Each with a clear focus in mind and a personal direction to navigate and each bringing their own experiences and perspectives. From a deep ancestral belonging in the Glasgow Arts and comfortable familiarity of an adopted home to fresh eyes on an old city, these artists all have a way of interpreting this place that echoes the ingenuity and innovation of the Scots. With daily visual cues from a city that boasts an architectural tenacity of the ages, an undercurrent of resilience and strength of character embodies their work.

Each of the artists are recently graduated and have been accepted into the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Artist in Residence (AiR) 2018-2019 program. Still within the supportive environment of the GSA but each taking a step towards an independent arts practice these artists are working hard to explore and define themselves in their work. The surrounding environment of Glasgow city and the renewal, yet again, of the beloved Mackintosh Building are reflected in the pieces developed during their tenure. The Artists are Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant, Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.

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Small Gatherings
Oct
8
to Nov 9

Small Gatherings

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Stephanie Hicks,  Sampler II  (detail), 2019, collage, 58 x 38cm. Image courtesy of the artist

Stephanie Hicks, Sampler II (detail), 2019, collage, 58 x 38cm. Image courtesy of the artist

Small Gatherings
8 October - 9 November 2019

Stephanie Hicks


Small Gatherings is a continuation of work that originated during my residency at Craft in August last year. Over several weeks, I collected, cut out and rearranged photographs sourced from the library at Craft to develop a series of works on paper: collage ‘samplers’ created with the specific intention of application to fabric.

The initial phase of this project was guided in part by my aim to extend my creative practice into textile design. It also allowed me to explore an ongoing interest in materiality and assemblage.

Whilst repetitive processes are often central to my thinking, I’m intrigued by the distinction that Zoe Leonard makes between repetition and seriality:

"Repetition is doing or making exactly the same thing, over and over again. I think of seriality as making or doing something from the same starting point, but each time allowing for a slightly different result."

With this in mind I undertook a series of open-ended investigations, utilizing a variety of materials and objects, both found and handmade, and taking into consideration a range of formal concerns, but always referring back to the collage samplers as a starting point.

Stephanie Hicks is a visual artist working across collage, drawing, artists’ books and installation. Her practice is informed by traditions of printmaking, craft and decorative arts, and a love of picture books and storytelling. The collection and arrangement of photographic images is central to Stephanie’s creative practice. Images from vintage books and journals, found photographs and stickers are incorporated into a personal archive in which meaning is articulated though the use of formal qualities such as patterning, repetition and symmetry.

stephaniehicks.com.au
@stephaniefhicks

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Nanakorobi Yaoki
Nov
12
to Dec 14

Nanakorobi Yaoki

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Elysha Rei,  Wagara I (detail) , 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Elysha Rei, Wagara I (detail), 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Nanakorobi Yaoki - Fall down seven times, get up eight
12 November - 14 December 2019

Elysha Rei


These works form part of a body of work created and exhibited in Japan in December 2018, as part of an Asialink Creative Exchange. The work features hand cut paper installations inspired by the patterns found in Rei's Samurai ancestor's armour-wear, which took on additional meaning when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, becoming a warrior herself. The works illuminate the patterns of Rei's mixed Japanese-Australian heritage, and pay homage to her battle with breast cancer.

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and public art commissions. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, New Zealand,Thailand, Japan and the US. In November 2018 she completed an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange in Japan creating work at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, then exhibited at No.12 Gallery in Tokyo.

elysharei.com
@elysharei


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Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists
Apr
18
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists

AFTERNOON TEA WITH THE FRESH! ARTISTS

GUSH , 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable  Photography Tim Hardy

GUSH, 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable

Photography Tim Hardy

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! artists
Thursday 18 April, 2 - 3:30pm

Join us for cake and conversation with some of the Fresh! artists.

Free event, but please RSVP below

Name *
Name

FRESH!
23 MARCH - 4 MAY 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

THE FINALISTS

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

THE SELECTION PANEL

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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April Advice Clinic - Object Review Panel: Retail
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

April Advice Clinic - Object Review Panel: Retail

April Advice Clinic for Members

OBJECT REVIEW PANEL: RETAIL

Last year we 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 April 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.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday 9 April 2019

1-3pm (select your window when you book)

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DIY WEBSITES FOR MAKERS
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

DIY WEBSITES FOR MAKERS

Empower yourself to design, create and manage your own website to profile yourself and your craft.

These days, a website is a must-have for any creative wanting to be taken seriously by galleries, curators, collectors and the media.  Come to hear 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. 

This beginner’s session is designed for craftspeople who do not currently have their own website but have:

  • some experience with using the web

  • access to the internet

  • access to a computer or laptop

  • access to digital images of your work

Please bring:

  • a notebook

  • a laptop or iPad (if you have one)

  • a folder of digital images of your work on your laptop or iPad

Presented by

Light refreshments will be served.

Limited seats available

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100 Models
Mar
16
to Mar 20

100 Models

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100 Models is an exhibition by BKK Architects celebrating new modes of digital thinking: a creative process made possible through the arrival of affordable and accessible 3D printing. 100 ideas are frozen in physical form as unpolished experiments, provocations, an follies, drawn from an eclectic mix of influence: Culture, technology, science, philosophy, politics and urban form. Processed by the network of thinking within a practice, the 100 ideas overlap in a unique expression of collective design intelligence

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Market Ready
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready

Market Ready Returns

Market Ready is a retail foundations starter for makers preparing to take their work to market.

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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CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CRAFT AND DESIGN
Mar
8
12:01 AM00:01

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CRAFT AND DESIGN

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CRAFT AND DESIGN

Craft Victoria, International Women's Day: Tea and Conversation, 2018. L - R, Jane Badger, Laura Thompson, Casey Jenkins, Anna Dunnill and Gemma Jones. Photography Eliza Tiernan

Craft Victoria, International Women's Day: Tea and Conversation, 2018. L - R, Jane Badger, Laura Thompson, Casey Jenkins, Anna Dunnill and Gemma Jones. Photography Eliza Tiernan

iNTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

We are getting ready for International Womens Day 2019 > 8 March < and we want to hear about your craft and design heroines!

All you have to do is go to the link below and tell us who inspires you and why!

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March Advice Clinic - Your Business Plan Redux
Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

March Advice Clinic - Your Business Plan Redux

Our Monthly Advice Clinics are free for members! We invite you to come along for a short, tailored session focused on a specific area of professional development.  Presented as both opportunities to speak directly to a panel, or be involved in a mini workshop with other members, we design these sessions to give you plenty of homework and food for thought!

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

This March 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 as two mini workshops.

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:

  • Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria

  • Corinne Beinart, Gallery Manager, Beinart Gallery

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

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

Session One:         1 – 2:30pm

Session Two:         3 - 4:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO BOOK


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I do not belong
Mar
5
to Apr 6

I do not belong

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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

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

I do not belong
5 March - 6 April 2019

Christina Darras

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

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

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Christina Darras moved to Melbourne three years ago from Athens, Greece. She is a visual artist and jewellery designer. She studied painting at Ecole Nationale des beaux Arts in Paris, France, and printmaking at Central St Martins in London, UK and has had 20 solo exhibitions and been a part of numerous group exhibitions in Paris and London. Christina is currently collaborating with art galleries and Museums in Athens, and Melbourne.

"I don’t feel tied to a style, or that anyone has to be tied to a style in order to market his work. I feel that art is a journey to keep discovering, to keep your mind open and broaden your knowledge and potential." - Christina Darras, 2019.

christinadarras.com
@christinadarrascom

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

Creating a Craft Business Plan at Bunjil Place

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

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

We will aim to help you:

  • Think strategically about your business

  • Look at your vision, objectives and direction

  • Assess where you are at now

  • Make a productive action plan

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

February Advice Clinic - Your Annual Timeline

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

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

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

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

Limited places available


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

Floor talk with Catherine Truman

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

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

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

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

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situation gravitas
Jan
29
to Mar 2

situation gravitas

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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situation gravitas cube drop, 2019, ceramic, glaze, lustre, various approx 80 x 80 x 20. Image courtesy the maker

situation gravitas
29 January - 2 March 2019

Pie Bolton


situation gravitas
considers gravity and the force of attraction between objects. Through the repetitive act of dropping moist clay from a height of 5 metres, Bolton experiments with ‘release, velocity and impact’ to build forms that interrogate ideas surrounding geological change.

Gravity is considered a ‘field of influence’ controlling the motion of an object. My PhD research at RMIT involves practice-based enquiry into humanity as a geological ‘field of influence’. Conceptually, by utilising the earth’s force of gravity to create this work, I interrogate ideas about geological change imposed on the earth by humanity through continued extraction and exploitation.

The title ‘situation gravitas’ is a play on the word ‘gravity’ as the ‘earth force’, ‘gravity’ as in ‘the gravity of the situation’ referring to an event of extreme seriousness, and the word ‘gravitas’ referring to weight, seriousness and commitment to task.”


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Pie Bolton is a contemporary installation artist working at the human/geological interface. Her practice is grounded in materiality and temporality. She uses transformation of geological processes to expand ideas about humanity as a geological force. Tertiary studies in art and science (geology) have resulted in Pie’s unique, authoritative practice. Innovative objects and installations are backed up by sound research and technical expertise to assist the development of a clearer understanding of the complex relations between the human and nonhuman. Pie has worked as a field exploration geologist, is an experienced ceramic technician and a PhD candidate at RMIT.

                                                             

www.piebolton.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free to attend

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


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

JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds

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

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

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

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

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Artist Bio Writing Workshops
Jan
16
to Jan 17

Artist Bio Writing Workshops

Artist Bio Writing Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Craft will also offer post- workshop feedback and editing.

 

There are two sessions available:

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

  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 6 – 9pm

 

  • Members $25

  • Non Members $40

 

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

CRAFT X STARWARD WHISKY TASTING NIGHT

Image: Cheryl Teo

Image: Cheryl Teo

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

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

Session I: 6-7pm

Session II: 7.30-8.30pm

Price: $45

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CRAFT HATCH MARKET
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

CRAFT HATCH MARKET

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Graphic Design by Sara Hayat

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Nov
24
to Jan 12

Clarity

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

A moment of clarity.

A ringing truth.

- Chloë Powell, Curator

 

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

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smother talk
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

smother talk

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

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

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

·         Tiffany Parbs
conceptual based jeweller

·         Karen Pickering
feminist presenter, writer and educator

·         Gemma Jones
Public Programs Manager, Craft

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

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

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

November Advice Clinic: Regional Dial In

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

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

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

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

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

Talk with:

  • Sarah Weston about Retail

  • Chloe Powell about Grants and Exhibitions

  • Gemma Jones about Craft Markets and Mental Health

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

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Nov
13
to Dec 15

Three Trees

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

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

Three Trees
13 November - 15 December
Cara Johnson

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

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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

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

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

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

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Market Ready II
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready II

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

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

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

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

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

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Kate Lindsay, Accountant

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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

Websites for Artists & Makers @ City of Casey

Bunjil Place, City of Casey. Photo  @johngollings  .

Bunjil Place, City of Casey. Photo @johngollings .

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

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

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

Please bring a notebook and laptop if you have one.

Bookings essential.

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

October Advice Clinic: Your Business Plan

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

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

SORRY THE OCTOBER SESSION IS COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT.

October Advice Clinic: Your business plan

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

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

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

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

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

We will aim to help you:

  • Think strategically about your business

  • Look at your vision, objectives and direction

  • Assess where you are at now

  • Make a productive action plan

Join:

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

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

  • Session One:         1 – 2pm

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

  • Session Three:      4 – 5pm

 

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MASCOTS
Oct
9
to Nov 10

MASCOTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sea HER LAND
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Sea HER LAND

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

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

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

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smother
Oct
6
to Nov 17

smother

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

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

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

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

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

Opening Event: Thursday 11 October

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