TAPESTRY DESIGN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTS - ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Apr
11
to Jun 15

TAPESTRY DESIGN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTS - ENTRIES NOW OPEN

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The 2018 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (TDPA) is now open for entries. 

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2018

This year, the hypothetical site for the TDPA is Étienne-Louis Boullée 's mooted building that inspired the Pharos Wing, MONA - Museum of Old and New Art.

Click below for more information and the prize brief written by David Walsh.

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Swathe by Cara Johnson @ Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
May
8
to Jul 22

Swathe by Cara Johnson @ Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

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Cara Johnson was the recipient of the Craft Victoria's Fresh! Sofitel Emerging Craft Practitioner's Award (2017). She is a Victorian based craftsperson working primarily in jewellery and related sculptural forms.

The new works in this exhibition Swathe reflect and lament on relationships to individual trees, ideas which have unfolded through Cara's consideration of how a human hand can either support or devastate the life of a tree. She is interested in how jewellery and artefacts can function within the landscape, collaborating with nature and in narrating connections between material, nature and herself.

Opening
Tuesday 8 May 2018, 6-8pm
Lobby and Lobby Windows, Level 1
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
25 Collins St, Melbourne 3000

It is essential for catering reasons to RSVP (acceptances only) to Poorni Fonseka at
H1902-SL3@sofitel.com

image: Tether, 2017 by Cara Johnson, image by Matthew Stanton

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Ecologies of time : Everything comes from somewhere and goes somewhere by Ebony Gulliver & Louise Meuwissen @Rubicon ARI
May
23
to Jun 9

Ecologies of time : Everything comes from somewhere and goes somewhere by Ebony Gulliver & Louise Meuwissen @Rubicon ARI

Ebony Gulliver and Louise Meuwissen share a fascination for the nature of time. Time is sensual and it is lived. It quickens in its inexorability, it coalesces, and it withers away. In their respective practices, times incessant ever-presence and irreversibility are evidenced in the meticulousness of their creative process and in the symbolic use of the arrow, the circle, and the void. These motifs draw upon mythical, philosophical and scientific interpretations of the rhythms observable in nature and the cosmos – energies to which we are all subject and forces to which we are all bound. There is an intimacy to be found between the macro and the microcosmic. The surfaces of their works are adorned with layers of intricate, interlacing arrangements. Focusing on perceptual aspects, forms build and proliferate, developing spaces that sometimes recede and at others creep or explode beyond the bounds of the frame.

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Call for Entries - Contemporary Textiles Exhibition – Buda 2018
May
28
6:00 AM06:00

Call for Entries - Contemporary Textiles Exhibition – Buda 2018

Contemporary Textiles Exhibition at BUDA is their Biennial Exhibition & Award of Contemporary Textiles.

This is set to happen during Craft Cubed Festival - Sunday 28th July - Saturday 11th August 2018

ENTRIES CLOSE 28 MAY

Since its inception at Buda in 2008, the Contemporary Textiles Exhibition has developed into a biennial event of national importance on the calendar of embroiderers and fabric artists, making Castlemaine a centre for the display of excellence and innovation in contemporary textiles. 

Supporting the work of established and emerging textile artists from across Australia and New Zealand, with a prize pool of approximately $3,300. Artists work is jury chosen for entry, and judged by an esteemed panel from the textile industry, including practicing artists.

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Geelong Scarf Festival - Living on the Land
Jun
8
to Aug 26

Geelong Scarf Festival - Living on the Land

Scarf Festival returns to the National Wool Museum in Geelong with this must-see textile exhibition and competition being an eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves entered by anyone - from school kids to beginner crafters to accomplished artisans from Australia and overseas.

This year's theme is "Living On The Land".

Hosted by the National Wool Museum since 2008, the Scarf Festival attracts hundreds of entries each year culminating in a fantastic exhibition opening launch event.

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Soft Tissue by Amelia Dowling @ Brunswick Street Gallery
Jun
13
to Jun 26

Soft Tissue by Amelia Dowling @ Brunswick Street Gallery

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 Image: Soft Tissue, 2018, photographic collage, cotton embroidery thread and fresh flowers, photography by Jessie Adams, 29.7 x 42cm

Image: Soft Tissue, 2018, photographic collage, cotton embroidery thread and fresh flowers, photography by Jessie Adams, 29.7 x 42cm

Soft Tissue uses embroidery, collage and text to explore ideas of vulnerability, materiality, memory and personal narrative. Works place everyday objects alongside subversive details and language and are contextualized through their emotive titles. The result is a confronting study of radical softness, power and healing, interwoven with personal experiences of anger, grief and emotional labour.

OPENING EVENT: FRIDAY 15 JUNE 6-9pm

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Fantasies by Hannah Gartside @ Metro Arts Gallery
May
9
to May 26

Fantasies by Hannah Gartside @ Metro Arts Gallery

A field of translucent textile sculptures, Fantasies is about connection and dissolving, curiosity for new sensations, and the strangeness of being in a body.

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE / Wednesday 9 May, 6:30pm featuring dancer Mia Heathcote and violinist Skye McNicol with choreography by Joseph Stewart. 

ARTIST TALK / Wednesday, 16 May, 6pm

image: Fantasies by Hannah Gartside, 2016, photo by Rhett Wyman

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NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM - ANNUAL SCARF FESTIVAL
Apr
11
to Apr 22

NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM - ANNUAL SCARF FESTIVAL

Living On The Land

'A sense of place and connection. 
The natural and built landscapes, the place where we live, work and play.'

Entries are now open for the National Wool Museum’s annual Scarf Festival! Taking inspiration from this year’s theme – Living On The Land – scarf makers are being encouraged to incorporate natural and/or built landscapes and the places where people live, work and play, into their designs.

Click below to find out more

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BOOM GALLERY EXHIBITION  - DUTCH BLUE BY CHRISTINA DARRAS
Mar
22
to Apr 15

BOOM GALLERY EXHIBITION - DUTCH BLUE BY CHRISTINA DARRAS

Christina Darras 'Dutch Blue'

A series of artworks that describe a state of mind, treating nostalgia and melancholia as a fertile ground. Darras uses only one colour, ultramarine blue, creating space with a range of tones, patterns and transparencies. Opening Saturday 24 March, 2pm–4pm.

www.christinadarras.com

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FETED! presented by Merri Makers
Aug
27
2:30 PM14:30

FETED! presented by Merri Makers

FETED! is an open afternoon of crafting, making, chatting and celebrating the extraordinary 'ordinary' people who spend their every spare moment, hours, evenings, nights for weeks on end creating for our school fetes and festivals. Come for afternoon tea and a celebration of crafting! 

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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Community, Cake and Crochet presented by Full Tilt Nanna

As part of Craft’s annual celebration of the handmade, Craft Cubed Festival, The Windsor Workshop is proud to announce our contribution to this coming together of Australia’s craft and design sectors. In collaboration with Full Tilt Nanna and St Kilda Mums we will be showcasing CRAFTING COMMUNITIES within our locale, and how these hidden networks and meaningful connections are forged through contemporary crafting. 

What started off as a series of 20cmx 20cm crocheted squares, this collaborative affair between Full Tilt Nanna and St Kilda Mums has become what can only be described as a truly heart warming event (both metaphorically and literally). Bringing together local crochet volunteers, Anthea Abell co-ordinates a bunch of enthusiastic crafters each fortnight to join the squares that have been donated from all over Australia and the world. 

Thoughtfully curated into beautiful blankets, these woollen warmers are donated to St Kilda Mums. CEO Jessica Macpherson and her team, then hand them onto the women and families around Melbourne that need them most. A job they have been doing now for more than 8 years.

We would like to extend to you an invitation to join both Anthea and Jessica in a one off event at The Windsor Workshop as part of the CRAFT CUBED FESTIVAL on Sunday, August 27th from 2 - 4 pm where you, too, can take part in an afternoon tea to raise money to buy our goal of 20 cots for St Kilda Mums. There is also the opportunity to take part in crocheting a woollen square to be made into a blanket for a special family, whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon spread kindly supplied by the legends:-

Frosted by Nicci

Plate got Ate

Paper Plains

Blake and Fables

Von’s Vegan Bakehouse

Bad Love Club

Cubby House Canteen

Tickets are $59 and 100% of profits will be donated directly to St Kilda Mums. We are looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible, and treating you to goodie bags and of course a lucky door prize or two!

Book here

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Wowee! Podcast Live
Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

Wowee! Podcast Live

Wowee! Podcast is a conversational podcast that delves into the lives of creative people. For this live recording we invite the public to come join the conversation as hosts Penny Ferguson and Esther Sandler chat to special guests Paradise Structures. Event runs 2pm - 5pm

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COMFORT ZONE presented by Toast Workroom
Aug
17
to Aug 20

COMFORT ZONE presented by Toast Workroom

An atmospheric gallery space held in one of Melbourne's newest studio spaces transformed into a concept store. Including works by artists and designers from multiple disciplines including sculpture, textiles, illustration, jewellery and ceramics responding to their comfort zones. Join us in finding yours.  

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Aug
12
to Aug 13

CRAFT AND DESIGN AS A CAREER

Every year we design a gathering of the minds and hands to give you – our Craft Members – a chance to re-group, meet, greet and listen to some incredible shining lights in craft and design.  These are humans we have hand-picked because we think their work philosophies, their attitude and their successes are something to behold.  This is our Craft and Design as a Career conference.

We want you to reflect on what YOU do through the stories of other sensational tall poppies who haven’t been afraid to stick their necks out in the name of craft and design.

This year we are totally value-adding:

·         Two days not just one

·         Better value than any “like” conference we can find in Australia

·         Cosy venue conducive to networking and making friends

·         Speakers being flown in from afar

·         Inspiring break-out workshop by international designer Nathan Jurevicius 

·         Advice Labs to give you the chance to have some one-on-one feedback on your products and social media

·         Custom craft installations in the space

·         Fancy pants goodie bag commissioned by Kat Kalindi that you will want to keep and use again and again

·         Specially curated Reading Room for browsing, resting, learning and reading

To be honest, it’s more like a mini-festival than a conference.  And we don’t think we need to use the word “inspiring” to get you over the line, because it’s much, much more than this. 

Who are our speakers?

ANNA ROSS Kester Black

She’s the Director and Janitor of Kester Black.  She’s a total success story who has made something very special out of nail polish.  She’s a colour magician, she’s totally got The Eye and she’s wrapped her brand up in a program of genuine ethical giving back to the community.  And.  Well.  Given how much we love the handmade and our hands – she’s the one that adds pizzazz to our hard working digits.


BIANCA MAVRICK Jeweller and Designer

Bianca Mavrick loves bold forms and clever colour palettes. She loves to create unconventional, maximalist statement jewellery that packs a visual punch.  She’s also an advocate for Craft with a big C.  Having come through our retail shop with heaps of professional development support – she’s suddenly an ex-emerging maker.  She’s climbed the hill and she’s here to share some snappy stories of her success.


CATH HOPE Douglas & Hope

Cath Hope comes from the other side of the counter.  As a designer, product developer and someone who genuinely loves the retail environment, she is here to share her history, her story and her tough attitude towards what makes a good product.  She doesn’t believe product is a dirty word and neither should you. 

*BONUS! Cath will be part of our Product Panel Advice Clinic next to Sarah Weston and Beck Jobson.  Bring up your humble handmade product and hear what the big guns have to say.  If you dare.

LUCY SIMPSON Contemporary Aboriginal Art & Design

Yuwaalaraay woman, rad designer, mother and business woman with nerve.  She is the powerhouse behind Gaawaa Miyay Designs which mixes design, textiles, homewares all wrapped up in her desire to bring the stories, philosophies and art of Contemporary Indigenous Australia to the world.

We’ve waited patiently to have Lucy speak because she’s just been too damn busy and popular before now!

MAE FINLAYSON Textile Artist and Academic

If you are any kinda craft-nerd, being able to be in the same space as Mae is such a pleasure because she is a thinker and a do-er with more ideas than any one person could see out in their life.  Interestingly, she is quite obsessed by unfinished and abandoned craft projects.  She does not shy away from all the big questions like “What is craft? But what is art?” but her answers are completely accessible and beautiful.  She’s here to talk but has also made a craft installation with fellow artist Holly Leonardson.  Together they’ve also made a Craft Zine you can pick up from the Reading Room.

MARYANN TALIA PAU 1000,000 Stars Project

Maker, weaver & Founder of the One Million Stars to End Violence Project, Maryann's other interests include architecture, gardening, mental health and business. Maryann's goal is to be a Master Weaver or a 'matua u'u' a Samoan Master Weaver, someone who is practised at holding things together

She has been doing an amazing job at bringing things together in her One Million Stars to End Violence Project – a world-wide venture that has seen thousands of people learning to weave a star, embodying mindfulness and coming together in a global act of craft.  A recent Board member for Craft Victoria, Maryann can teach us all a thing about crafting community and the meaning of making.
 

NATHAN JUREVICIUS (CANADA) Animator, Illustrator and Vinyl Toy Maker

To me, Nathan is living proof that dreams can come true.  He had the nerve to call out to the world many many years ago “Anyone wanna help make toys from my designs?” and the rest is history.  And oh, what a history.  His most acclaimed project to date is Scarygirl, an ever-evolving world of characters manifested through graphic novels, limited edition collectible toys, games and an animated feature film in the works.  And then, just the other day, I saw him blowing glass with a master craftsman for IKEA!  But at his heart Nathan is a really great storyteller, and so much significant craft really does come down to good narrative. 
* BONUS! Nathan is also running a masterclass workshop called “How to Generate Ideas”.  It’s an extra $25 for any one attending the conference. 

OLIVIA POLONI Curator

Olivia Poloni is gonna give it to you straight.  Calmly and measured.  The low down on how NOT to be THAT artist who gets a reputation amongst curators as someone who is “hard to work with”.  Olivia is another powerhouse who gets things done.  She is more do than talk, so you are lucky to get the chance to hear her on the stage.  She is currently the curator at Craft Victoria, but has previously worked internationally on all sorts of art projects. 

PENNY MODRA The Good Copy

Editor, writer, grammar enthusiast, Penny loves art and she loves craft.  She understands deeply the connection between making and using words, because to her writing is a craft.  Take note when Penny explains the ins and outs of writing succinctly about the work you make.  And about how to make every word count.  And what her mum might think about your press release.

As well as the editorial director at The Good Copy, a Melbourne-based writing studio and grammar school, she is a regular ‘grammar enthusiast’ guest on ABC Radio Melbourne and co-founder of Crossword Club (Collingwood).  She may have also founded a skipping club at some point.

RAYNA FAHEY Radical Cross Stitch

Radical crafter, organiser, mother, activist, gardener, writer and lover … and that is just the start.  Rayna is a do-er with heart.  She mixes making with politics and friends.  She gained infamy through her street art adventures in cross stitching fences.  She gained further notoriety as a feature person in the film “Making it Handmade”.  She also worked for the Australian Tapestry Workshop and has had a number of solo exhibitions as an artist who uses craft techniques.  Listen to someone who has made a career out of never productifying her craft.

TIM ROSS Man About the House

He’s comedian, a breakfast radio larrikin and a man who likes architecture.  He wrote a book recently too.  So what can he tell us about craft and careers?

Aside from being incredibly creative in terms of the way he looks at life, Tim has a niche appreciation for the crafted details that make up these very unique Australian homes that are his passion.  Tim understands that our homely worlds are special when they are handmade and designed with care.  He understands the materials and the specificity that have gone into the best design of home in Australia. 

Plus, let’s face it, Tim has crafted a pretty awesome and niche career for himself based on what he really really likes.  Tick!

CONFERENCE DATES
Sat 12 – Sun 13 August 2017
At 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne (old 1000 £ Bend site)

Double Day Pricing

Craft Member $165

Non-Member $300

Other Options

Single Day Ticket (Member) - SATURDAY $95

Single Day Ticket (Member) - SUNDAY $95

Single Day Ticket (Non-Member) - SATURDAY $150

Single Day Ticket (Member) - SUNDAY $150

Single Session (Member) $40

Single Session (Non-Member) $55

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*CANCELLED* Window into a Makers World presented by 2 Bespoke Craft Collective
Aug
9
to Aug 20

*CANCELLED* Window into a Makers World presented by 2 Bespoke Craft Collective

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Reflecting back on the history of the art of window display within retail context, wearable art & prop making skills come together for us to ponder a whole new secret world. Come and take a peek let the inner child in all of us wonder! 

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