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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 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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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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Market Ready II
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready II

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

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

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

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

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

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Kate Lindsay, Accountant

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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

Websites for Artists & Makers @ City of Casey

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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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Craft & Design as a Career 2018
Aug
31
9:00 AM09:00

Craft & Design as a Career 2018

 Rachel Burke, Photo: Jaala Alex

Rachel Burke, Photo: Jaala Alex

This year, Craft & Design as a Career returns for a day-long symposium of handmade goodness. We will explore each journey of the innovative, brave and creative industry experts, as they discuss their philosophies and perspectives on what it means to practice in today's craft and design community. 

Speakers include:

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Afternoon Tea with the Makers
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Afternoon Tea with the Makers

 Troy Emery, L- R,  late night binge , 2018 polyester, polyurethane, pins, adhesive,  pink spy , 2017, polyurethane, polyester, pompoms, glue, glass eyes, plastic ear liners,  big rainbow cat , 2018, polyester, polyurethane, pins, stables, adhesive. Photo Fred Kroh.

Troy Emery, L- R, late night binge, 2018 polyester, polyurethane, pins, adhesive, pink spy, 2017, polyurethane, polyester, pompoms, glue, glass eyes, plastic ear liners, big rainbow cat, 2018, polyester, polyurethane, pins, stables, adhesive. Photo Fred Kroh.

Join Troy Emery along with Tai Snaith, Stephanie Hicks and Rute Chaves from our Artist in Residence Project for tea, coffee, cake and conversation.

This is a free event. Please RSVP below

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August Advice Clinic - Instagram Check Up
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

August Advice Clinic - Instagram Check Up

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

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The special Craft Cubed session is an opportunity to have your Instagram critiqued and analyzed with an eye to recent developments.

The panel will look at your images, your text content, your hashtags as well as your bio, your stories, your story highlights and new use of shop functions.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Free for Members / $10 for non-members

Members use their discount code

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Sea HER Land - Jewellery Workshop
Jul
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sea HER Land - Jewellery Workshop

 Lisa Waup,  Looking Through Time,  2017, bull kelp, emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, shells, kangaroo rib bones, pandanus, acrylic paint, fibre, lyre bird feathers. Photo Eliza Tiernan

Lisa Waup, Looking Through Time, 2017, bull kelp, emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, shells, kangaroo rib bones, pandanus, acrylic paint, fibre, lyre bird feathers. Photo Eliza Tiernan

JEWELLERY WORKSHOP
Join the Sea HER Land artists for this exclusive workshop learning how to make jewellery using natural materials such as ochre, shells, wood and twine.

Sunday July 15, 11am - 1pm
Benalla Art Gallery Members: FREE
Non-members: $20
Bookings on 03 5760 2619 or email gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au

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Sea HER Land
23 June - 26 August, 2018
Curated by Lisa Waup and Baluk Arts

Inspired by this year’s 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, this exhibition Sea HER Land showcases a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw & Lisa Waup. Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed and feathers honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land. It is HER story, which has been cradled in the form of a vessel, to encapsulate the essence of protection and strength.

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

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Market Ready
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready

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

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

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

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

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

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Emma J Hawkins, Small Fortunes

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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

July Advice Clinic: Selling Online Check Up

SELLING ONLINE CHECK UP

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

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

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

  • What are driving customers to your online store?

  • Are you converting visitors into customers?

  • Are you getting repeat customers online?

  • Are you capturing abandoned carts?

  • How does your aesthetic and photography match your product?

  • Don’t have an online store? Where to begin!?

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

Join:

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

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

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

Island Welcome Conversation Circle: community, collaboration, and welcome

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

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

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

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

Speakers:

FREE TO ATTEND BUT MUST RSVP

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

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

Collaborative Garland Making Workshop

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

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

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

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

FREE TO ATTEND BUT MUST RSVP

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

June Advice Clinic: Instagram Check Up

INSTAGRAM CHECK UP

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

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The June session is an opportunity to have your Instagram critiqued and analyzed with an eye to recent developments.

The panel will look at your images, your text content, your hashtags as well as your bio, your stories, your story highlights and new use of shop functions.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

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

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

Social Media Fundamentals for Creatives: City of Casey

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

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

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

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Copyright Your Craft
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Copyright Your Craft

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Law Week presented by Victoria Law Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panellists include:

Tickets $15 members / $30 non-members

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

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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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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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