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. 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

I appreciate the effort and thought which goes into making something unique. Shops are full of mass-produced items but something handmade has had time, effort and thought put into it.

I appreciate the effort and thought which goes into making something unique. Shops are full of mass-produced items but something handmade has had time, effort and thought put into it.

How would you describe your craft community?

A group of dedicated artisans striving to achieve the best they can with their special skills. We support, inspire and help each other develop.

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What is your earliest craft memory?

I’ve always been encouraged to use things around the house. My family has encouraged me to have a go and be experimental. At Christmas and for birthdays we always made homemade presents for family and friends. Some gifts were better than others but thankfully the recipients were very appreciative that it was specially made for them.

What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?

Creativity is my raison d'être. If I create something every day, I’m happy. I get a lot of pleasure when people look at my work and say, “Wow, I’ve never seen this before. What a clever way of recycling.” Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” So I hope I can do that too.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

I love going to markets and independent shops. A favourite market of mine is District Docklands on a Sunday. There’s a vibrant community of artisans selling different and interesting things. I also enjoy seeing current art exhibitions at the galleries. It gives me new ideas.

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What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

As I have recently moved to Australia, I am reading Stan Grant’s ‘Talking to my Country.’ It has given me some understanding of Australia’s national and social history and what it means to be an indigenous person in Australia today.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

I’m currently living a nomadic lifestyle so my workspace is any free table! When I get started, I generate a production line. It may look chaotic to others, but I know where everything is.

How does "good" craft make you feel?

Good craft inspires me. It draws me into the present moment and then into a deeper way of thinking.

What is your dream craft collaboration - if history and geography and money was no barrier?

With my current project, Coffee Pod Creations, I would like to benefit from the influence of a big corporate company like Nespresso. It would enable me to reach a larger audience. It would show that it is possible to create beauty out of something which might otherwise be discarded. Although I would like to challenge the misconception that coffee pods are at the present economically recycled. Alternatively I’d like to work with young people and encourage reusing materials creatively.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about? 

It is difficult to choose, but ‘Afternoon Tea with Cat Rabbit’, ‘Alool Wall Hanging Workshop’ and ‘Japanese Book Binding’ would be my top three.