NEW CRAFT MEMBER THOMAS YEEND DESIGN NOW STOCKING AT CRAFT

South Australian born glass artist Thomas Yeend is now stocking at Craft. His eye-catching glassworks are a combination of 3D modelling, 3D printing, and mixed-media components with traditional glass-making techniques. Thomas creates a variety of vibrant and cheerful glass wares that we are totally in love with.

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CRAFT CUBED: JENNIFER CONROY SMITH

When asked about her practice and studio, Jennifer Conroy Smith speaks of being patient and calm. These qualities are evident in her ethereal porcelain sculptures, that are on show as part of the Craft Cubed Window Walk. We were able to to speak with Jennifer to gain some insights into her artistic process. 

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CRAFT CUBED: SARAH TRACTON

It takes significant concentration and experimentation for Sarah Tracton to produce her stunning porcelain light fixtures. We are thrilled to be featuring the results of her hard work in the Craft Cubed Window Walk. 

We had a few questions for Sarah about her process and inspiration. 

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CRAFT CUBED: KATE ROHDE

Kate is a visual artist & contemporary jeweller with a passion for crazy, excessive detailing in art and design. Craft is thrilled to be featuring her work in the Craft Cubed Window Walk.

We had a chat with Kate to find out a little bit more about her craft practice.

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CRAFT CUBED: TEGAN INVERSEN

Tegan sees the fun and joy in crafting. This is certainly apparent in her contribution to the Craft Cubed Window Walk. Her hand painted tickets reflect countless joyful occasions, and the relatable desire to try and hold on to a tangible piece of those memories. 

We had some questions for Tegan about her crafting philosophy.

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CRAFT CUBED: CiPi AKA THE PINK SHADOW: SUPERPERSON

CiPi AKA the Pink Shadow likes craft that evokes connection. CiPi's contribution to Craft Cubed aims to achieve just that through a combination of online interaction, real life activity and of course the hand made in The Pink Shadow Game. 

CiPi gave us some insights into what inspires her practice.

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CRAFT CUBED: NORA THAMTHANAKORN

Nora Thamthanakorn sees the potential for creativity in discomfort, and the potential for beauty in decay. Nora's stunning deconstructed ceramics will be showing at Alpha60 this month as part of the Craft Cubed Window Walk. 

We had a chat with Nora to learn a little bit more about what inspires her craft.

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CRAFT CUBED: CARA JOHNSON

Craft is thrilled to be featuring the innovative jewellery of Cara Johnson in the Craft Cubed Window Walk. Cara's approaches craft with thoughtfulness and intent. Her current collection explores the fragility of nature and its reaction to the influence of unrelenting human expansion. 

We sat down with Cara to learn more about her craft philosophy and inspiration.

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CRAFT CUBED: ANGELA D'ALTON AND RENEE BAKER

Angela and Renee of D'alton Baker Production's value the community and connectivity of craft. They are generously sharing their wisdom and expertise with the crafters of Melbourne in their seminar tackling the difficult question of just how do you get the most out of design markets? 

Ahead of Craft Cubed, we had some questions for them about their practice and where they find their inspiration.

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CRAFT CUBED: ANNA FROM ONEPINKPLUM

Anna of Onepinkplum is drawn to the meditative qualities of embroidery and textile making. These processes cannot be rushed, and demand a level of concentration and patience often missing from our fast-paced lives. Anna will be holding embroidery workshops as part of the Craft Cubed Festival for those who would like to learn and create a relaxing new skill. 

We had a chat to Anna about what inspires her practice.

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CRAFT CUBED: KATHERINE MARMARAS

Multidisciplinary artist Katherine Marmaras will combine photography, drawing and social media to explore the meaning of 'home' through her online photo drawing project, to be featured in this year's Craft Cubed Festival. Katherine encourages others to join her in making art and changing the way they see their most familiar spaces. 

Katherine has given us some insights into her crafting philosophy and inspirations.

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CRAFT CUBED: VICTORIA KNIGHT

Craft is excited to be featuring the creations of jewellery maker and artist Victoria Knight in this year's Craft Cubed Festival. Victoria uses discarded coffee pods to produce beautiful jewellery pieces that carry with them a poignant message about recycling and wastefulness. 

We had some questions for Victoria about her practice.

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LENE KUHL JAKOBSEN — 40 YEARS OF CLAY

THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATE CRAFT MEMBER AND POTTER,  LENE KUHL JAKOBSEN.

Working with clay for over 40 years, Lene trained first in Denmark before moving to Australia in the 1980's. Focusing on form and glaze, her work is known for its precision craftsmanship and minimalist approach.

In studying archaeology, I saw these extraordinary shapes in pots made over 3000 years ago, finger prints and nail marks still left in the clay and I would look at these pieces and imagine the person that made them.

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At Home with Tai Snaith - Artist in Residence for Craft Cubed 2018

Meet Tai Snaith, a true craft all-rounder!

Apart from being an artists and curator she also does ceramics and is a broadcaster. To add onto the list, she is also one of our Artists in Residence during Craft Cubed Festival.

The Artist in Residence program focuses on craftspeople who “make from home”.  In the Craft Library space, we are recreating a domestic style working studio environment with three makers – also including Rute Chaves and Stephanie Hicks.

We caught up with Tai to talk about her passion of making.

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At Home with Rute Chaves - Artist in Residence for Craft Cubed 2018

Meet Rute Chaves, professional daydreamer, fashion designer and stylist.

Rute is one of the Artists in Residence during Craft Cubed Festival.

The Artist in Residence program focuses on craftspeople who “make from home”.  In the Craft Library space, we are recreating a domestic style working studio environment with three makers – also including Tai Snaith and Stephanie Hicks.

We had a quick chat with Rute about her work.

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At Home with Stephanie Hicks - Artist in Residence for Craft Cubed 2018

Meet Stephanie Hicks! Paper is her thing.

Whether it’s collages, printmaking, or installation she is your go to woman. Being part of this year’s Craft Cubed Festival program as one of our Artists in Residence make sure to check out her interview.

The Artist in Residence program focuses on craftspeople who “make from home”.  In the Craft Library space, we are recreating a domestic style working studio environment with three makers – also including Tai Snaith and Rute Chaves.

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CRAFT CUBED: INTERVIEW WITH TROY EMERY

Troy Emery is an artist based in Melbourne and has an art practice encompassing sculpture, painting, drawing, and embroidery. He refers to his sculptures as ‘fake taxidermy’ because they mimic the process of taxidermy without actually producing a real result. The particular animals he chooses to work with fall between being exotic and easily recognisable. 

To create our key representational imagery for this year's Craft Cubed Festival, Troy's artwork was the key inspiration for Annette Wagner.

Gemma Jones (Festival Manager) caught up with Troy to talk about his artwork and practise.

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INTERVIEW WITH CIAN COTTEE

As our first Craft Hatch for 2018 approaches, we interviewed the almighty Cian Cottee, otherwise known as Gracie Keal. 

As a loyal advocate of modern craft, Cian Cottee, (through her label Gracie Keal) creates thoughtfully designed pieces, from recycled remnants and vintage cloth.  Practicing traditional techniques from her studio nook in Thornbury, Cian is inspired predominantly by children’s drawings and in awe of their imagination, every character comes from an original artwork and carries their own fantastical story. 

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INTERVIEW WITH ANNETTE WAGNER

We’ve admired Netti Wagner from True North Studio for a long time.  We love the way she uses visual language and her effusive enthusiasm for design, local flavour and feminism.  She recently taught at our very successful Instagram Masterclass – and then came on board to create our key representational imagery for the 2018 Craft Cubed Festival: Homing Craft.

In launching this year’s Festival, Gemma Jones (Festival Manager), had a short chat with Netti about the project.

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