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Craft and Design as a Career 2016

Craft is pleased to announce the return of the annual day-long creative development symposium Craft & Design as a Career as part of Craft Cubed Festival 2016! Taking place on Monday 22 August 2016, the seminar will present influential creatives and industry professionals to deliver key insights on topics relevant to emerging practitioners looking to forge their creative careers.

The event will give designers and makers an inspirational boost with a range of experienced and informative speakers who together will provide advice, stories, philosophies and unique perspectives on different working methodologies. As an accessible and affordable forum, this symposium helps to provide creatives and students with knowledge, skills and frameworks to become self-reliant career managers with the capacity to make the best possible educational, training and occupational choices in rapidly changing labour markets.

Craft and Design as a Career supports diversity and innovation in cultural practice through uniting craft and design communities and supporting creative excellence. Craft Cubed Festival is Craft’s annual state-wide craft festival which supports a core curated program with unique satellite events that brings together over 700 artists, makers and thinkers for a month of exhibitions, workshops & talks, open studios, craft online and special events.

As part of this action packed day-long program, ticket holders can expect advice from curators, encouragement from makers, insights into collaboration, helpful reflections on what it means to run a sustainable craft practice as well as a thoughtful conference bag of goodies.

The diverse line-up of expert speakers and industry panelists will span creative disciplines across makers, designers, artists, writers, and curators all delivering unique insights and specialist knowledge. Innovative thinkers and notable speakers include; Liane Rossler (artist, designer, curator & creative advisor), Amanda Dziedzic (glass artist), Claire Rosslyn Wilson (freelance writer), Kitiya Palaskas (craft-based designer), Hannah Presley (curator), Peter Waples-Crowe (artist), Katie Somerville (Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, National Gallery of Victoria), Sue Batten (head weaver, Australian Tapestry Workshop), Kate Rohde (artist) and Phil Ferguson (crochet artist).

Monday 22 August 2016, 10am-5pm
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
$45 Craft Members & groups of 10+ / $90 non-members


Innovative thinkers and notable speakers - makers, designers, artists and curators featured in this year’s program include :

Liane Rossler
An artist, designer, curator and creative advisor on issues relating to art, design and the environment. Recent work includes Superlocalstudio, Here and Now, Happy TalkandSupercyclers – projects focused on clever and beautiful sustainable design practice. Liane was also co-founder, and former designer and director of Dinosaur Designs for 25 years.


Claire Rosslyn Wilson
A poet, nonfiction writer and researcher with professional experience working in Thailand, Singapore and Australia, she is a regular writer for Art Radar and Culture360 and has co-written the book Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015).  She is currently part of Craft’s Writers’ Program.



Hannah Presley
A Melbourne based curator, developing creative projects with Aboriginal artists. Hannah learns directly from artists techniques, history and community that informs their making to guide her curatorial process.  She is currently the Aboriginal Projects Coordinator at Craft Victoria, engaging Victorian Aboriginal artists to develop work for both the Craft exhibition and retail space. And is the new Curatorial Assistant, (First Nations) Venice Biennale 2017.


Katie Somerville
Katie Somerville is the Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria and has worked with a range of fashion and textile collections for over 25 years.  Katie joined the curatorial department at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1995 has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950, currently on display at NGV Australia.

Amanda Dziedzic
Melbourne based glass blower with an affliction for all things green. Heavily invested in the shape and colour of things, keen patter of cats.
Undertaking her training at Jamfactory as an associate in glass, Amanda Dziedzic has been blowing glass and running her professional practice for 10 years. This year marks her two year milestone of practicing full time as an artist.


Kitiya Palaskas
A designer specialising in the creation of props, installations, sets and imagery using craft-based techniques. She has produced work for Sportsgirl, Peter Alexander, Lego,  Lily Allen, Etsy, Kikki-K and others across the advertising, entertainment and retail industries. Alongside her commercial work Kitiya produces a playful product range exploring her love of colour, pattern and bold silhouettes.


Phil Ferguson
Since August 2014, as a way of connecting and making new friends in Melbourne.  Phil Ferguson has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media plat form Instagram with an overwhelmingly positive response.  Since then he has now over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself.


Sue Batten
Sue Batten is the head Tapestry Weaver at Australian Tapestry Workshop. Sue has led many major commissions including Diggers, designed by David Larwill for Ballarat University, Alice Bayke by Yvonne Todd for the Queensland Art Gallery, The games children play by Robert Ingpen for the Royal Children’s Hospital, and Eye desire by Sally Smart for the Royal Women’s Hospital, which was completed in 2011. 

Kate Rohde
Kate Rohde is a Melbourne based artist who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Victorian College of the Arts with Honours in 2001.Her intensely detailed and colourful aesthetic has been sought out for a wide range of projects in the fields of fine art, fashion and jewellery. Her work is held in a number of public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kate has been selected to be a part of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.



Craft and Design as a Career is a perfect opportunity to address Careers & Transitions for students. This seminar can help to equip young people with knowledge, skills and capabilities to become self-reliant career managers who are able to make the best possible educational, training and occupational choices and manage their life, learning and work in rapidly changing labour markets.

We encourage teachers and educators to book early and take advantage of the group price of just $45 per student (for groups of 10+).

If you require an invoice to make payment
please email Project Coordinator, Gemma Jones

Earlier Event: August 20
Craft Collecting Public Forum
Later Event: August 28
Craft Hatch Market