We are thrilled to present to you a Window Space exhibition featuring a selection of pieces from this year’s Craft Catalogue!
It is a significant time for craft in Australia. We, as consumers, are thinking more critically about the objects we choose to live with and work alongside. While the digital age has brought increased access to global markets, it has also brought questions around sustainability, labour practices and methods of production. Craft presents an alternative to mass-production, and a rejection of the cultural amnesia brought about by a throw-away mentality. It’s roots in the handmade and rich narrative associations offer more substantial and genuine engagements to object — a way back into connecting with our shared histories and environment. The hand of the maker is present, physically and conceptually in the work, opening the door for more meaningful engagement as we enfold the history of the object into our own. These connections emerge in both object and act — in rituals around food and drink, the adornment of the body and the marking of celebrations.
Each year, the Catalogue presents a collection of works made exclusively by Australian craftspeople. These objects stand as contemporary versions of Modernist philosophies, manifesting both accessibility and fine design. A celebration of the diversity of contemporary practice, the catalogue is imbued with the resounding message that craft is for everyone, with traditions that begin with First Peoples and expand to include new technologies and ways of making.
Shot in the iconic Boyd House on Walsh Street, in collaboration with The Robin Boyd Foundation and styled by Stephanie Stamatis and photographed by Lauren Bamford — the 2016 catalogue references both the aesthetic and philosophy of Australian Modernism in its optimism and principles of accessibility and innovation — good design, made for everyone. In our selection of the Boyd House, we hoped to both acknowledge the work of one of Australia's most influential architects and educators and continue the conversation around the place of contemporary craft in our daily lives and how the hand-made transforms spaces and imbues them with personality and warmth.
We invite you to explore the catalogue online, check out our window display and shop, and celebrate and support the work of our local craftspeople.