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2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award
Aug
25
to Nov 11

2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award

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The 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award is the sixth in the series of SAM’s biennial Awards, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from regional Victoria and around Australia

Instagram: @sam_shepparton 

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Subject / Object
Aug
25
to Nov 11

Subject / Object

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Developed by Shepparton Art Museum in partnership with Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute, artist Damon Moon presents a series of exhibitions that respond to these unique Victorian regional collections and spaces. Moon has selected collections of vessels or pots that are specific to each institution, history and context. Using slip cast multiples and repetitive forms, Moon explores the subtle shifts in technique and materiality between his work and the selected ceramics. He offers a form of object-based conversation between his own ceramics works and works from each Collection selected to reflect on each place’s history of art and industry. These inspirations include the utilitarian vessels of early Chinese migrants; domestic-ware made by Bendigo Pottery; and a series of works selected to respond to a building’s architecture.

Instagram: @sam_shepparton

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"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"
Aug
24
to Sep 8

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"

  • TempContemp @Northcity4 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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The official launch of the pilot exhibition space TempContemp at Northcity4: an exhibition space dedicated to experimentation and exploration of contemporary jewellery - what it is and what it can be. 

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery" is the theme of the inaugural curated exhibition, an examination of our home turf through an open callout and challenge, asking makers and thinkers of Contemporary Jewellery to examine what we each love/hate about our current landscape: To defend it, applaud it, question it, seek to improve, or damn it as they see fit. 

Northcity4 is a shared studio, housing a busy community of sixteen artists working in the contemporary jewellery field. In establishing a home gallery at Northcity4, the aims of the pilot project have been shaped by the physical space and the curiosity of the curatorial team comprised of Laila Marie Costa, Annelies Hofmeyr and Anna Gray.

TempContemp is a temporary contemporary curatorial project to experiment with the exhibition of contemporary jewellery – in other words...there’s a new independent gallery space in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia and we want to show the world ALL the jewellery things!

We envision a pop-up stage for contemporary jewellery, during which visitors can delve into the delights of experimental jewellery thoughts, objects and inventions. And an emphasis on interactivity between bodies in the space and the works displayed – in other words…we would love a variety of works, activities and discussions around contemporary jewellery. The possibilities are endless so anything remotely related to contemporary jewellery is most welcome!

The aims of the project are:
1. To convert a small, blank room into a space worthy of housing and contemplating ideas around contemporary jewellery. What is it? Who makes it? Who wears is? What can it be? To examine, and if need be, interrogate the systems that support contemporary jewellery (or hold it back).
2. To share these ideas, enthusiasm and education for contemporary jewellery with our jeweller community as well as a wider, non-contemporary-jewellery public.
3. To successfully run such a space on a tight budget, mostly voluntary, with restricted opening hours and limited impact/interruption to working tenants or financial burden to the participating artists.

TempContemp at Northcity4 is a 2018 recipient of a Moreland City Council's Arts Investment Grant. 

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery" opens at TempContemp on Friday, 24 August 2018, 6-9pm, as part of Craft Cubed Festival. 

The gallery hours are Fridays 11-5pm and Saturdays 11-4pm, or by appointment, through to Saturday 8 September. 

Contact gallery@northcity4.com for more information. 

Instagram: @tempcontemp

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Guerrilla Kindness Book Launch
Aug
23
to Aug 28

Guerrilla Kindness Book Launch

Guerrilla Kindness and other acts of Creative Resistance exhibition and book launch

This week long exhibition celebrates the launch of Melbourne craftivist Sayraphim Lothian's first book, "Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance: Making A Better World Through Craftivism".

The exhibition comprises of projects from the book including Knitted Protest Dolls, Yarn Bombing, Banners, Paste Ups, Stencils, Visible Mending, a 'Wagga Quilt', an historic style of Australian quilting, and more. 

There will also be a number of craftivist workshops during the exhibition including Cross Stitch, History Hexie Quilts, Guerrilla Kindness projects and more. Bookings and details can be found at www.sayraphimlothian.com

Copies of the book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

#CreativeResistanceBook

Instagram: @sayraphim

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Shinki (Burning Vessel)
Aug
23
to Sep 29

Shinki (Burning Vessel)

Born in the Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, wood turner and photographer Makiko Ryujin grew up in Takasaki, Gumma, before moving first to Indonesia and then to Melbourne to complete her studies.

Her new solo exhibition at Craft, in Gallery Two features her meticulous work with wood turning, given over the heat of the flame. Shinki (Burning Vessel) draws from the ceremonies that formed part of her childhood in Fukushima, in particular the annual burning of Daruma dolls.

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The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation

Artist of Residence presentation: August 18th at Bini Gallery at 3pm to 6:30 pm. Pamela will be showing the public how to make the Peruvian Stitch.

My journey to loopy

“Going crazy with a baby at 44 or start my own jewellery business, that was my dilemma and for the sake of my mental health but also a way to provide economically I opted to become a jewellery maker”.

All started 4 years ago while watching a video about wire crochet, right there I discovered the Peruvian Stitch technique. Two years later, I travelled to Peru and I took classes from the experts and became a professional in the Peruvian Stitch. Now, I am dedicated full time to this beautiful art.

In each piece that I finish I give the best of me: I use non-tarnish, Sterling & Fine silver wire 999.9% wire.

My desire is to seek perfection in my final design, although I know that perfection is always relative, however, the "Peruvian Stitch technique" allows you to form symmetrical rings and achieve beautiful jewellery. 

 I love what I do as It allows me to express myself with my art. Further, I love the flexibility that comes with my business, as it lets me to stay at home with my children. I also love to see women's reaction to my jewellery and that is so heart-warming.

Pamela Mujica (PAMdesigned)

Pamela Mujica, was born in Chile. Makes wire crochet jewellery using the Peruvian Stitch. The Peruvian stitch is the Art of Making Loops. She uses Fine Silver 99.9% wire, upcycle copper wire and non-tarnish wire to make her pieces. The technique Peruvian Stitch was created by Juan Pacheco in Peru 1992 neo ancestral sculpture due to the need to build sculptures to achieve a flexible and uniform mesh. 
Pamela sales her jewellery in different stores and online. Etsy, Bini Gallery, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Space2b, Sisterworks and Global Sisters.

Credits: Mr Juan Pacheco creator of the Peruvian Stitch, Lauren Marshall from LJM Photography and Lorenza Bini from Bini Gallery.

Instagram: @pamdesigned

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Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part two
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part two

  • 507 Docklands Drive Docklands, VIC, 3008 Australia (map)
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This two-stage participatory project investigates tensions between personal reality of making a ‘home-for-now’ and the idealism of crafting a ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. To achieve this, we first workshop the concept of ‘home’ with the general public, then respond with a consolidated installation of crafted works that form a shared narrative of what this constitutes. Discussions will be facilitated in a roving makerspace/gallery - a converted horse float (see links) - and facilitated by making: physically forming clay and other artefacts to express personal memories and perceptions of what constitutes the values of ‘home’. Participants will be informally asked a series of questions, exploring commonalities and differences and the impact of previous ‘homes-for-now’ on their current, perhaps idyllic, perceptions of ‘home for a lifetime’. Following this, the conversations, footage and crafted objects will form the basis for a sculptural installation to be developed by our artists and presented at docklands on the final day.

Building on our previous work at Wide Open Road Art and with Craft Cubed 2017, this current project explores our individual archetypes of ‘home’; how each of us forms our own cluster of images and preconceptions of home, and the struggle we might undertake in trying to bring these ephemera to life. Through conversations with the public and our own experiences we seek to evoke the lost homes that those involved have preserved in their minds and that have deeply etched an idyllic sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. These senses often come from spaces in which we felt most at home, but which, for varying reasons, often can’t be inhabited again -- childhood homes, holiday houses, homes in other countries or times of life that have been left behind. These spaces – or more so, the freedoms, experiences and sensibilities and relationships these spaces fostered – have intrinsically informed our ideals of what constitutes our personal definitions and yearnings for home as a permanent state. 
The deep personal value of home-creating is set against the backdrop of this moment in history in which it has become increasingly difficult to own a home and the symbolism and actualisation of one’s ideal becomes laden with great collective weight. Home For Now…. Home For a Lifetime seeks to garner the artists’ and the community’s experiences on this and then extend our presentation to our screen/pod in the Docklands, a high-rise development on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD. Where does the archetypal sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’’ fit within modern housing reality, densified rapidly built and hyper-competitive? 

The final installation, to be shown in the converted float at docklands, draws on the themes raised above, of an archetypal and ephemeral sense of home and the complicated social realities of making a real modern home. It asks, how might we reconcile these differences to craft homes together for a lifetime?

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Ode to a Suburban Songbird
Aug
16
to Sep 2

Ode to a Suburban Songbird

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Ode to a Suburban is a tribute to one of Australia’s favouite birds. Almost everybody has a story about magpies, or someone in their life having to do with magpies. I wanted to create a group exhibition celebrating all things “pie”, where magpies are explored in different viewpoints and mediums. Including soft sculpture, illustration, textile, music ,painting, jewelry and leatherwork.

Instagram: @tinningstreet

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(Nothing But) Flowers + Boom Makers
Aug
16
to Sep 9

(Nothing But) Flowers + Boom Makers

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(Nothing But) Flowers is a new series of soft sculptures from Melbourne based textile artist Cat Rabbit. In this body of work, the artist further explores the medium of needle felting through the creation of large scale amorphous forms and abstracted characters. This exhibition opens Sat 18/08 2-4pm. Boom Makers is a collaborative makers studio and retail space over the road from Boom Gallery and during Craft Cubed the various makers will be showcasing new work.

Instagram: @boomgallery

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Teapot Showcase
Aug
15
to Sep 22

Teapot Showcase

Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot possesses its own identity. Appearing
across many cultures, this well-known form has seen numerous interpretations and
explorations.

Craft’s Atrium Gallery will feature the pots of over 30 contemporary makers working across a diversity of material in this new showcase.

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Foundations by Ruby Aitchison
Aug
14
to Aug 19

Foundations by Ruby Aitchison

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Steel and cement, being materials frequently used in construction are familiar and common, taken for granted as structural necessities. Neckpieces constructed from multiple steel components show how moisture from the inclusion of cement has intentionally and severely rusted the metal, while the articulation of the steel components activate and crumble the cement. These two materials that are primarily used for their stability and durability are now presented in a state of movement and impermanence. Often overlooked, these materials are brought forward once more to exude their materiality, to show their extremities and expose their vulnerabilities; How much can steel rust? How brittle is cement? How much does it crumble?

Instagram: @_r_by_

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Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part one
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part one

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This two-stage participatory project investigates tensions between personal reality of making a ‘home-for-now’ and the idealism of crafting a ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. To achieve this, we first workshop the concept of ‘home’ with the general public, then respond with a consolidated installation of crafted works that form a shared narrative of what this constitutes. Discussions will be facilitated in a roving makerspace/gallery - a converted horse float (see links) - and facilitated by making: physically forming clay and other artefacts to express personal memories and perceptions of what constitutes the values of ‘home’. Participants will be informally asked a series of questions, exploring commonalities and differences and the impact of previous ‘homes-for-now’ on their current, perhaps idyllic, perceptions of ‘home for a lifetime’. Following this, the conversations, footage and crafted objects will form the basis for a sculptural installation to be developed by our artists and presented at docklands on the final day.

Building on our previous work at Wide Open Road Art and with Craft Cubed 2017, this current project explores our individual archetypes of ‘home’; how each of us forms our own cluster of images and preconceptions of home, and the struggle we might undertake in trying to bring these ephemera to life. Through conversations with the public and our own experiences we seek to evoke the lost homes that those involved have preserved in their minds and that have deeply etched an idyllic sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. These senses often come from spaces in which we felt most at home, but which, for varying reasons, often can’t be inhabited again -- childhood homes, holiday houses, homes in other countries or times of life that have been left behind. These spaces – or more so, the freedoms, experiences and sensibilities and relationships these spaces fostered – have intrinsically informed our ideals of what constitutes our personal definitions and yearnings for home as a permanent state. 
The deep personal value of home-creating is set against the backdrop of this moment in history in which it has become increasingly difficult to own a home and the symbolism and actualisation of one’s ideal becomes laden with great collective weight. Home For Now…. Home For a Lifetime seeks to garner the artists’ and the community’s experiences on this and then extend our presentation to our screen/pod in the Docklands, a high-rise development on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD. Where does the archetypal sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’’ fit within modern housing reality, densified rapidly built and hyper-competitive? 

The final installation, to be shown in the converted float at docklands, draws on the themes raised above, of an archetypal and ephemeral sense of home and the complicated social realities of making a real modern home. It asks, how might we reconcile these differences to craft homes together for a lifetime?

Instagram: @wideopenroadart

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Underground Movement
Aug
6
to Aug 25

Underground Movement

This exhibition, Underground Movement, is a collection of jewellery by contemporary jewellery designers. Identifying Melbourne as HOME we reflect on this city of flux and flow. Particularly at the moment while subterranean spaces are being hollowed out and re-imagined as the issues of a growing population are addressed.

Each piece celebrates the beauty of movement, change and transformation. Kinetic and surprising, they feature elements that spin, swing, open, shut, fold, collapse or unfurl. Conceptually referencing the process of transformation from one state to another this is jewellery which will move you!

Instagram: @egetal

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The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation
Aug
4
to Aug 29

The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation

Exhibition Opening: August 4th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Bini Gallery, 62 Smith Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia. 
Artist of Residence presentation: August 18th at Bini Gallery at 3pm to 6:30 pm. Pamela will be showing the public how to make the Peruvian Stitch.

My journey to loopy

“Going crazy with a baby at 44 or start my own jewellery business, that was my dilemma and for the sake of my mental health but also a way to provide economically I opted to become a jewellery maker”.

All started 4 years ago while watching a video about wire crochet, right there I discovered the Peruvian Stitch technique. Two years later, I travelled to Peru and I took classes from the experts and became a professional in the Peruvian Stitch. Now, I am dedicated full time to this beautiful art.

In each piece that I finish I give the best of me: I use non-tarnish, Sterling & Fine silver wire 999.9% wire.

My desire is to seek perfection in my final design, although I know that perfection is always relative, however, the "Peruvian Stitch technique" allows you to form symmetrical rings and achieve beautiful jewellery. 

 I love what I do as It allows me to express myself with my art. Further, I love the flexibility that comes with my business, as it lets me to stay at home with my children. I also love to see women's reaction to my jewellery and that is so heart-warming.

Pamela Mujica (PAMdesigned)

Pamela Mujica, was born in Chile. Makes wire crochet jewellery using the Peruvian Stitch. The Peruvian stitch is the Art of Making Loops. She uses Fine Silver 99.9% wire, upcycle copper wire and non-tarnish wire to make her pieces. The technique Peruvian Stitch was created by Juan Pacheco in Peru 1992 neo ancestral sculpture due to the need to build sculptures to achieve a flexible and uniform mesh. 
Pamela sales her jewellery in different stores and online. Etsy, Bini Gallery, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Space2b, Sisterworks and Global Sisters.

Credits: Mr Juan Pacheco creator of the Peruvian Stitch, Lauren Marshall from LJM Photography and Lorenza Bini from Bini Gallery.

Instagram: @pamdesigned

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Guild} {Home
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Guild} {Home

In Guild {Home}, makers Tara Drinkwater, Jennifer King, Lindy McSwan, Nadia Mercuri and Bethany Wheeler from 1000 Degrees Studios will extend their practice to create objects for the table, hearth, shelf and wall. The studios gallery will be transformed into a domestic space illustrated with objects for the home, made from glass, enamelled found metal and ceramic.

Open August 4th, 2 - 5 pm and online thereafter at 1000degrees.com.au

Guild {Home} asks makers to extend their practices to create experimental domestic works for the home. 

Curated by studio founder Bethany Wheeler, Guild {Home} follows on from our 2017 Craft Cubed exhibition Guild, and aims to create a visual summary of the network that the studio creates from year to year.

Instagram: @1000degrees.glass.studios

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Coffee Pod Creations
Aug
4
to Aug 31

Coffee Pod Creations

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Victoria is passionate about recycling and when she learnt that by 2012, Nespresso had sold more than 27 billion coffee pods worldwide (enough to encircle the equator 30 times) she decided to start collecting and up-cycling the aluminium Nespresso pods.

Victoria collects the capsules from local homes; cleans the pods (the coffee granules go in the garden) and then she makes the jewellery at her kitchen table.

Her coffee pod project shows the strong link between homes, coffee and reusing materials which would otherwise be thrown onto landfill.

Visit the cosy Fat Yarn Store to see the wonderful ways coffee pods can be up-cycled into handmade pieces of jewellery and accessories. Some items are for sale. 

Meet the designer, Victoria, on Sundays.
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ONLY OPEN WED-SUN 10am-4pm

Instagram: @vickstarjewellery

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA KNIGHT

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Archi Loom: A
Aug
3
to Aug 5

Archi Loom: A

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Archi-Loom A is a large 3-dimensional installation utilising re-purposed materials including bamboo, recycled rope, various fabrics and other found materials. It is an interactive construction which is constructed by the Slow Art Collective in conjunction with various participants including children and aged people and various interested members of the community. After Slow Art Collective have constructed the giant loom the various participating collaborators fill in the walls of the structure by weaving the various found materials into the loom. 

Archi-Loom is a colourful and playful work that is able to respond accordingly to the various sites and needs of the various contexts that it inhabits. The installation will offer a space that invites areas of play, rest, craft and discovery. The project focuses on the value of collaboration and explores concepts of value and sustainable practices. By using very simple technique, the installation invites anyone regardless their skill level or experience to contribute. Regardless of the age group and gender difference, participants enjoyed the idea of weaving the loom inside and outside and having authorship of a large slowly evolving collaborative installation.

Slow Art Collective (for this project: Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato) is an artistic collective that focuses on creative practices and ethics relating to environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. As an interdisciplinary group of artists, Slow Art Collective is interested in process-driven practices where the focus is on the act of making. In the past 9 years, Slow Art Collective created various large scale participatory works that often play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound experimentation, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay.

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Where You Rest by Amy Kreitals
Aug
3
to Aug 12

Where You Rest by Amy Kreitals

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“Where you rest” explores themes of the site of the body as ‘home’. The body is the most basic vessel of home, with us wherever we go, as we shift through different sites and states of belonging in, to and of place. This relationship to the site of the body can be fluid, familiar, safe, or it may be is more fraught and fractured. 

With this work the artist is re-approaching this relationship to the body as a place of belonging by engaging in a process-driven experience that allows for exploration and joy in what can be created, rather than frustration over what cannot. 'Where you rest' is an opportunity to find peace at home. 

This large scale textile installation crafted using textiles associated with either comfort or domestic use and traditional handicraft techniques modified by the artist. The work will predominantly consist of panels adorned with various stitching techniques, hung through the Testing Grounds site. 

The artist creates all her works in her home, often even in bed, as such these works originate from a context of domesticity and home.

Opening Event: Friday, 3 August 2018, 6:00pm

Instagram: @_amyalexandra

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House, floating
Aug
2
to Aug 31

House, floating

  • Studio 4, Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent (map)
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OPEN 10am to 4pm THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS DURING AUGUST

'House, floating' is a book launch and an installation.

It is an environment - at once real, modest, functional and part-domestic and also manufactured, fantastic and ephemeral.

It is enclosed and expansive.

Its elements manifest from the new volume of poetic text and original artwork by Bella Li, titled 'Lost Lake' (Vagabond Press), which will be officially introduced at the studio of maker/curator Leah Muddle during Craft Cubed 2018.

It is objects both found and created by hand - assembled, arranged, displayed, in use and catching the eye.

It is a project for the curious and an expression of curiosity ... perhaps at the animated nature of spaces, perhaps at the sudden presence of two large eggs in the living room.

'House, floating' will be a component of the walking tour between new Sacred Heart studios at the Abbotsford Convent, also planned for Craft Cubed 2018.

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In the first section of Bella Li's new book, 'Lost Lake', there are two early titular descriptions - 'Enchantments Encounter'd' and then, 'A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World'. Brief sequences of evocative poetry are followed by original collage images (made by Li) called 'Curiosities' - meldings of quaint yet utterly domestic or everyday scenes with hovering objects that seem to arrive from a plane of fantasy. The presence of these objects constitutes amusing breaches upon banality and the expected.

The visual works reflect Li's poetry, which is extremely precise and pointed - referring often to particular things and places and figures - yet also entirely mysterious, infinitely allusive and not quite graspable.

The work establishes the existence of a very compelling but vague place or 'other' realm - something between the familiar and unknown, between wakefulness and sleep, between constructed and imagined. The images in particular seem to imply that there are portals to this realm, everywhere (if you look), even inside the home.

'House, floating' will be an event and an exhibit of works derived from such themes and images in Li's work. It will be set, quite ideally, inside the new studio of Leah Muddle. This space, though small, is very multi-faceted. It is a commercial retail show-room; it is an occasional gallery; it is a working space, and it is a personal 'lived-in' space. The tools and processes and off-cuts of making are visible, as are coffee cups and worn-out cardigans and companion trinkets. It is all on display both by necessity and by design. There is a continual toing and froing between 'authentic' and 'contrived'. 

This inter-play will be explored and amplified in 'House, floating'. Additional elements will be arranged in the space - including original prints by Li, curated furnishings, hand-crafted papier-mache objects and music. Visitors may not confidently register - which are the exhibited things, and which are the 'real' things? The effect may be to show the quiet, constant tussle of fantasy and actuality that animates our spaces.

Launch event: Sunday August 5, 2.30pm for 3 pm start

Instagram: @raisingcatpeople

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The Domestic Divided: An Installation
Aug
1
to Aug 31

The Domestic Divided: An Installation

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The Domestic Divided installation is available 24/7 in the window of Dotspace, a place for art, design and happenings in Northcote. Just a stroll from Merri station, Dotspace was in its former life a newsagency run by the same family for over 80 years until the passing of Dot in 2012.
Clay- everybody's at it - but no mere mortal can answer all the technical questions new pottery students/art teachers/artists have about this mystical medium.
Claytech Education presents a range of Infodump seminars which explore and explain the mad, addictive, complex and uncontrollable world of clay to anyone and everyone.

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Reflections of Home Exhibition
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Reflections of Home Exhibition

For over 15 years Blue Dog Glass studio has been home to a large community of people interested in working with glass as an artistic medium. We’ve been supplying glass, providing learning opportunities and making our equipment and studio spaces available to professional and hobby glass artists alike during that time.

Visitors from across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas have come to our studio home to experience glass for the first time, to learn new skills and to hone their craft. Some rely on our facilities to create their works while others take the skills they learn here and continue making their art in their own home studios. In doing so, our glass community has grown far and wide, along with people’s opportunity to explore and extend their own creativity.

For the last three years the studio has run an exhibition and open day during the Craft Cubed Festival. By inviting new people to experience the world of glass art in a friendly and casual setting (our ‘home’) they can see it is a craft that is open to anyone who is interested in giving it a try.

This year, our gallery space will host an exhibition of works from some of our experienced students through the whole of August. They will be exploring the theme: Reflections of Home and through their works they will highlight what ‘home’ means to them. Working with glass in a myriad of way offers a wide range of options for creating 2D and 3D works and the theme may be reflected in the use of particular imagery, techniques, display options, etc.

Blue Dog Glass has always been proactive in offering its customers access to new methods as they’ve developed in the glass world. New crafts such as printing, digital imagery, and jewellery making have been added to the range of techniques that can now be incorporated in art works. And this year we’re excited to add a little hot glasswork into our studio home with a new extension – our purpose-built, fully equipped mini hot shop (with a glory hole, kiln and associated tools), to be officially opened at our Open Day on Saturday 11 August.

The public is invited to attend and while at the studio, they have the opportunity to make their own glass project – inspired by the exhibition theme of home - in a short session (with all materials and tools supplied). Several of our exhibiting students will be on hand to assist and guide our visitors through the techniques on offer – as well as discuss their works on display. The whole studio will be open for inspection so that new visitors can see the range of equipment and services available should they wish to take up the craft themselves.

The exhibition will be open to the public during our usual business hours as well as the open day. We will supply all materials and tools for participants in the make-it sessions with the first session free and a small cost for extra sessions booked. No experience is required for make-it session participants and we can include children over 10 years if accompanied by a supervising adult. We do have wheelchair access via our rear door. However, we do not have disabled toilet facilities, etc.

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HOMAGE
Aug
1
to Aug 31

HOMAGE

“Homage” is an installation utilizing a rescued and very weather beaten old dolls house. It references the old timey homes that once populated our inner northern suburbs. Old floor coverings like lino and rosy carpet. Chippy painted walls with peeling wallpaper. Remnants of that dated house decor that is only just surviving the gentrification of suburbs like Northcote, Thornbury and Preston. Each room in the house will have hand crafted mementos in situ. These items will be recreated artifacts that were proudly displayed on our Nana's mantelpiece and on the walls of the good room. Flying ducks, Crucifixes, Souvenir spoon racks, kitsch Australiana, and more. It will be a homage to what we are slowly loosing in our architecturally designed streetscapes. 
Home is where the craft is; craft is where the home is.....or was. Our Nana and Pa's homes where often a shrine to craft and the handmade. I have coined my own phrase "grandpa craft" which describes the whimsical, naive and totally made with love artifacts that emerged from Grandpa's shed back in the day and took pride of place in the home. Poker work spoon racks in the shape of Australia, matchstick dinner trays, tyre swan planters and all manner of quirky hobby crafted knick-knacks. I don't even need to mention Nana and her creations. Crocheted covered coat hangers, dolly toilet roll covers and embroidered pinnies. All these were crafted in the home, homes we are sadly losing as the wrecking ball swings busily in our neighborhoods and the bull dozers continue to demolish “old lady houses” that aren't slick and trendy or neat and tidy. 

Instagram: @bettyjodesigns

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In View: In Response by Ruby Aitchison & Annie Gobel
Aug
1
to Aug 31

In View: In Response by Ruby Aitchison & Annie Gobel

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Craft Victoria and Kuwaii are pleased to present Ruby Aitchison, Annie Gobel, Briarna Longville and Elise Drinkwater.

Choreographed by Briarna Longville, performed with Elise Drinkwater, and adorned with jewellery made by Ruby Aitchison and Annie Gobel in response to the 2018 MPavilion, a site-specific performance piece was developed. The two dancers performed a consistent phrase of dance material interrupted and distorted by the adornment of the jewellery. The piece entitled In Response brings together objects and bodies, the movements of the dancers responding to the forms and movements of the jewellery, also including the audience as they too were adorned. 

The performance will be projected on loop at Kuwaii in Cathedral Arcade – just a short walk from where the work originated. This project is echoed in a parallel exhibition of the physical jewellery at Studio XL-XS at Docklands.

Opening night: Friday, 3 August 2018, 6:00 pm

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Lekker by Stephanie Granlund
Jul
30
to Sep 2

Lekker by Stephanie Granlund

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Lekker is a new body of work based on material explorations Stephanie Granlund began in her final year of sculptural studies alongside recent investigations during her time in the Netherlands. Her current practice is predominantly centred on experimenting with once consumable products to then create new art-based materials. This is mainly with sugary food products commonly found in the sweets section of a supermarket or the pantry of a kitchen. Through a process of abstraction and play, the once consumable products move away from edibility and focus turns to their material, tactile and sensory qualities.

She enjoys that viewers are easily seduced by the inherent qualities that come with sugary products, but is also interested in maintaining some ambiguity with the highly aesthetic outcomes that are created. The food-based items she engages with are often those that are available in the environment she is working in. Her work is therefore heavily influenced by her surroundings as frequently new materials present themselves in new places.

During her time in the Netherlands she discovered many new and some culturally specific food products to play with. She will then frequently play with the sugary products alongside other materials like plaster, fabric and plastic. Due to the transient nature of food, these material connections will often visually evolve over time. The title of her show at Mailbox Art Space is the Dutch word Lekker. When associated with food this word roughly translates to meaning delicious or yummy.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, 2 August 2018, 6:00pm

Instagram: @stephaniegranlund 

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Contemporary Textiles Exhibition Buda
Jul
28
to Aug 11

Contemporary Textiles Exhibition Buda

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CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES EXHIBITION – BUDA 2018
6th Biennial Award Exhibition - Commemorating the Leviny daughters
28 July – 11 August 2018, open daily from 10am - 4pm

This biennial award exhibition supports the work of established and emerging textile artists from across Australia and New Zealand. The work of artists is jury chosen for entry and judged by an esteemed panel from the textile community.

The 2018 award has two categories Contemporary Textiles and Student / Apprentice Award for an emerging artist currently undertaking post-secondary studies or an apprenticeship.

The Contemporary Textiles Exhibition was commenced at Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine, in 2008 to commemorate the five unmarried daughters of Ernest and Bertha Leviny, who resided in the house. The family were creative in many fields and fostered the arts throughout their lives. The daughters were keen followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement philosophies from the 1890s and into the twentieth century, and were particularly productive in various modes of fancy needlework and textiles. 

Many of the items produced by the Leviny women to decorate their home can still be seen and enjoyed by the visiting public at Buda today. It is fitting that their memory should live on through encouraging artistic and innovative design in contemporary textiles by presenting this biennial exhibition and awards

Instagram: @budacastlemaine

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A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness
Jul
7
to Sep 16

A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness

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Curated by Hannah Presley, 'A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness' will celebrate the significance of family, community and humour in contemporary Aboriginal life. This major exhibition will feature 10 new commissions by artists from south-east Australia and beyond, in an exploration of everyday life and experiences of Aboriginal people today. Country music icons, queer identity, pop-culture and community leadership are referenced, as well as the legacy of ancestors and the importance of coming together to strengthen identity and connection.

'A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness' is the inaugural exhibition for Yalingwa, a Victorian Government initiative. Yalingwa is a partnership between Creative Victoria, ACCA and TarraWarra Museum of Art, designed to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice. It includes three new curatorial positions and three major exhibitions alternating between ACCA and TarraWarra, focused on new commissions by contemporary Indigenous artists.

Instagram: @acca_melbourne

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Sea HER Land
Jun
30
to Aug 26

Sea HER Land

Inspired by this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, 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. 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.

 

Artists: Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw, and Lisa Waup. Curated by Lisa Waup.

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Mayoral Chain
Jun
8
to Aug 24

Mayoral Chain

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Inspired by the craftsmanship and legacy integral to the Mayoral Chain, this exhibition unpacks traditional ways of making and traditional ceremonies within contemporary society.

Artists: Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, Anna Davern, Anna Varendorff, Claire McArdle, Kate Rohde, Marcos Guzman, Maree Clarke, Pennie Jagiello and Roseanne Bartley.

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I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella
May
26
to Aug 12

I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella

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This exhibition brings together a selection of new and recent work by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Raquel Ormella. 

The survey exhibition will include work from a wide variety of media, and particularly draw on her experimental textile works. The exhibition explores key themes that Ormella has consistently developed in her work: social and environmental activism; human and animal relationships; nationalism and national identity.

These recurrent interests are brought together by a consistent engagement with the artist’s voice. Rather than being the site of authority, Ormella’s voice simultaneously expresses an aspiration for connection, while remaining uncertain about whether the communication will work.

A NETS Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum touring exhibition, curated by Rebecca Coates and Anna Briers.

Instagram: @sam_shepparton 

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