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. 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

The handmade is very significant to me as it’s the core of everything I create. I really love making things from beginning to end, it’s a very satisfying process.

How would you describe your craft community?

I find my local craft community lots of fun, we all tend to work on our own so several of us try to catch up every few weeks for lunch, or to see a show and talk about what we’ve been working on and what’s happening.

What is your earliest craft memory?

One of my earliest craft memories is of making pipe cleaner horses, I would get really obsessed with making all different sizes and colours and also made little show jumping circuits for them. It was part of a general horse obsession at the time, so there was a lot of horse related creative activities.

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

Just keep making things, I find you get a lot of new ideas when you are in the process of making things so it’s much better to do anything rather than nothing and you never know what might come out of it.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

I always find going to the permanent collection of the NGV very inspiring, there’s such a vast collection of decorative arts and it’s often really peaceful in those sections of the gallery, I usually make a few visits there a year just to look at those areas.

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What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

I mainly listen to podcasts while I’m working in the studio, I subscribe to at least 30 so I just scroll through until I find something that fits the mood I’m in. Perpetual favourites are ones like Conversations and just about any true crime series.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

It’s organised chaos, I don’t often have time to clean up properly so things get strewn about all over the place, but I generally manage to find all the tools and materials I need amidst the mess.

How does "good" craft make you feel?

It’s a great feeling seeing and experiencing good craft, probably my favourite objects and homewares are things which have been made by other local creatives. I enjoy looking at them and using them all the time.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about? 

Troy Emery’s show Night Vision at Craft, I’ve always enjoyed seeing his colourful works, I think one of them would make the ideal low maintenance pet.