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.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
I would say things that are handmade with care hold a great deal of significance to me. Things that have been made carefully become imbued with the intent of the maker. I have some very old tablecloths that I love and whenever I take them out to use my heart does a little flip, I do not know who made them or their original origin but I do see and feel that care that has gone into them.
What is your earliest craft memory?
Sitting under my mum's sewing table playing with cotton scraps.
What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?
To me integrity in making and ideas is very important.
What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?
At the moment I am reading 'Convincing Ground, Learning to Love Your Country' by Bruce Pascoe, he's one of my favourite authors.
How would you describe your studio or making environment?
I work between my space at RMIT in the Gold and Silversmithing studios, and home. At RMIT my bench is a clutter of drawings, books and the bits and pieces that I'm working on, in a room with huge windows in a beautiful old building.
At home I make little nest type areas and work between them depending on what I am making, these areas tend to spread out through the whole house. From my place I look out onto trees and can see my neighbours sheep in their paddock next door, which is nice. I take breaks during the day to visit my chickens and take my dog for walks in the bush.
How does "good" craft make you feel?
Calm, and like things make sense.
What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?
I'm going to drive up to Benalla to 'See Her Land' and I would also love to do a braided rug workshop with Ilka White if there are still spots left.