Jul
30
to Aug 31

Reverent Extrusions

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Jess Lyons,  Past, Present and the Before  (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Jess Lyons, Past, Present and the Before (detail) 2018. Stoneware, Glaze. Dimensions variable. Photography Andrew Barcham

Reverent Extrusions
30 July - 31 August 2019

Jess Lyons

Reverent Extrusions looks to re-contextualise the Members’ Vitrine Gallery as a display or archival cabinet, like that within a traditional museum collection, displaying cylindrical ceramic sculptural objects.

“These 'core samples', as I refer to them in my practice, have acted as metaphoric vehicles of ‘parallel narratives of ecology and the autobiographical’ and include motifs of geological excavation, absorption and states of flux.”

Reverent Extrusions is part of­­­ the 2019 Craft Cubed Window Walk, funded by the City of Melbourne.

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Jess Lyons is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne. Her practice is grounded in a process-based and research-led exploration of materials; pushing clay bodies and glazes to a point of ‘brinkmanship’. Jess’s conceptual practice is concerned with influences of inherited craft skills and scientific wisdom that have been passed down through her family. Jess’s work is driven by an innate desire to articulate the ‘self’ via the ceramic process.
@wivenhoe_ceramics

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CRAFT x SAM Showcase: Way to your heart
Aug
14
to Nov 11

CRAFT x SAM Showcase: Way to your heart

Zhu Ohmu,  Tummyache #5,  2019. Image courtesy the artist

Zhu Ohmu, Tummyache #5, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

CRAFT x SAM Showcase
Way to your heart
14 August - 6 November 2019


Zhu Ohmu

Through this new body of work, Zhu Ohmu endeavors to expand her ceramic practice by introducing a stronger voice of environmental advocacy. Ohmu’s coiled pieces investigate the resurgence of the handmade and the ethics of slowness in an age of mass production. Through this exhibition she explores the entangled relationship between human and non-human ecologies in the current geological age.

The Craft x SAM Showcase is a curated program of exhibitions in partnership with Craft Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum.

Essay
With or Without You: Zhu Ohmu’s ceramic vessels as a personal response to the climate crisis.
– Mel Dixon

Workshops and Events

SAM Monthly Makers: A Fine Cut
Kids Workshop with artist Zhu Ohmu
Saturday 24 August from 10:30- 12:00pm at SAM

For kids 7-15 years. $15

Amoebic Planter Workshop
With artist Zhu Ohmu
Saturday 24 August from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at SAM

Adult Workshop, $45
Friends of SAM $40

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Real To Reel | The Craft Film Festival
Aug
22
to Aug 23

Real To Reel | The Craft Film Festival

Still from Andrew Burton,  The Orangery Urns,  2018, Malkin, Bouttell

Still from Andrew Burton, The Orangery Urns, 2018, Malkin, Bouttell

Real To Reel:
The Craft Film Festival
Thursday 22 August, 7pm
Friday 23 August, 7pm

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St,
Carlton


Unexpected tales of making from around the world featuring contemporary Aboriginal weaving, an Indian clay performance, scrap puppets, glassblowing, metalsmithing and a human powered bakery.

Over two screenings, a medley of thirty three short films explore the human relationship with making and materials. They offer a rare opportunity to witness craft in action and the narratives, passion and skill inherent in the creation of works.

Screening 1
Thursday 22 August, 7pm

Witness scrap metal being transformed into intricate eyewear in Kenya, puppets coming to life in a BAFTA award-winning animation, interwoven histories of a blacksmith and gardener, documentaries on British chair making and Mexican luthiers, and an animation from Australia’s Tjanpi Desert Weavers.


Screening 2
Friday 23 August, 7pm


Discover the tradition of making dance masks and costumes in Mexico, a knitting evangelist’s insights into creativity and health, an outdoor gym that powers a bakery, a portrait of one of the oldest potteries in Japan, an animation celebrating the role that dogs play in a remote community, and a documentary on a retired Australian farmer turned artisan woodworker.

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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Its tour to Australia is courtesy of Maker&Smith.
Real to Reel forms part of the Craft Cubed Festival presented by Craft Victoria. Craft Cubed is supported by the City of Melbourne Triennial Arts Grants Program.

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
Aug
24
to Oct 5

Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers

24 August - 5 October

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White

Curated by Julie Ewington

Open Door considers how contemporary makers think about arrival and welcoming. Entrances are highly charged, signalling social as well as physical transitions. Doorways identify inhabitants; a good doorway makes a great start to the day and a happy return; as feng shui suggests, energy enters through the front door. Yet the importance of the doorway, and the threshold, is often overlooked. This exhibition includes contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, considering how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.


Image: Rowsaan, Taco pull, 2018, stainless steel, 300 x 150mm. Image courtesy the artist

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Sustainable Fashion Market
Aug
30
8:00 AM08:00

Sustainable Fashion Market

Pictured: Fashion Design by Tamara Leacock / R E M U S E @remusedesigns. Photography Laura DuVe @femmeplastic. Model: “Pookie” A´col Agaar Apollo @thereal_pookie

Pictured: Fashion Design by Tamara Leacock / R E M U S E @remusedesigns. Photography Laura DuVe @femmeplastic. Model: “Pookie” A´col Agaar Apollo @thereal_pookie

Sustainable Fashion Market

Friday 30 August
8am - 2pm
Goldsbrough Village
Corner of Bourke and William Streets, Melbourne

In conjunction with Melbourne Fashion Week and Goldsbrough Village, Craft Victoria presents an inspiring market of makers working on the edges of fashion, wearables and textiles with slow-made and sustainable principles at heart.

goldsbroughvillage.com.au

@goldsbroughvillage

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Flourish
Sep
3
to Oct 5

Flourish

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Ailsa Morrant,  The value is in the connection  (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant


Ailsa Morrant, The value is in the connection (brooch), 2018, Copper, brass, silver, 9ct gold, 60mm x 10mm x 10mm. Photo credits Ailsa Morrant

Flourish
3 September - 5 October 2019

Curated by Michelle Stewart

Artists : Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant,Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.


An observation of commonality through diversity that emerges from shared experience.

Six emerging artists have gathered in the shifting milieu of Scotland’s largest city and spent a year working alongside one another in the Glasgow School of Art, Artist in Residence program. Each with a clear focus in mind and a personal direction to navigate and each bringing their own experiences and perspectives. From a deep ancestral belonging in the Glasgow Arts and comfortable familiarity of an adopted home to fresh eyes on an old city, these artists all have a way of interpreting this place that echoes the ingenuity and innovation of the Scots. With daily visual cues from a city that boasts an architectural tenacity of the ages, an undercurrent of resilience and strength of character embodies their work.

Each of the artists are recently graduated and have been accepted into the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Artist in Residence (AiR) 2018-2019 program. Still within the supportive environment of the GSA but each taking a step towards an independent arts practice these artists are working hard to explore and define themselves in their work. The surrounding environment of Glasgow city and the renewal, yet again, of the beloved Mackintosh Building are reflected in the pieces developed during their tenure. The Artists are Adrienn Pesti, Ailsa Morrant, Astrid Jaroslawsky, Caitlin Hegney, Rachel Hardie and Michelle Stewart.

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Fundraising Dinner Tickets Now Available
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Fundraising Dinner Tickets Now Available

Craft Victoria is thrilled to present our Annual Fundraising Dinner! Join us for a banquet prepared by the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins' awarding winning chefs with matched bio dynamic wines from Prancing Horse Estate and sparkling water from the team at Splitrock, sourced from the Strathbogie Ranges, in Central Victoria.

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Conversation with the artists: Working with local materials
Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

Conversation with the artists: Working with local materials

Warwick Freeman,  Lava Handles , 2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes. Image courtesy the artist.

Warwick Freeman, Lava Handles, 2015, Found volcanic lava, various sizes. Image courtesy the artist.

Conversations with the artists: Working with local materials
Thursday, 12 September, 1 - 2pm


With Julie Ewington, Karen Abernethy, Lisa Waup, Warwick Freeman
FREE but please RSVP below

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
24 August - 5 October 2019

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White”

Curated by Julie Ewington

This exhibition considers how contemporary makers can help us make social as well as physical transitions. Featuring contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, Open Door considers how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.

RSVP essential

Name *
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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS: INTEGRATING HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS INTO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS: INTEGRATING HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS INTO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Lisa Waup,  Ancestors  (detail), 2018, feathers, ceramic, glaze, oaten hay, fibre, birds wings, wool, cotton, 300 x 300 x 200mm. Image courtesy the artist

Lisa Waup, Ancestors (detail), 2018, feathers, ceramic, glaze, oaten hay, fibre, birds wings, wool, cotton, 300 x 300 x 200mm. Image courtesy the artist

Conversations with the artists: Integrating handcrafted elements into the built environment
Thursday, 26 September, 6 - 7pm


With Karen Abernethy, Mark Edgoose, Rowsaan
FREE but please RSVP below

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Open Door: Contemporary Makers and Designers
24 August - 5 October 2019

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Kristel Britcher, Mark Edgoose, Warwick Freeman, Gillian Garvie, Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverly Meldrum, Rowsaan, N’dene Riley, Rebecca Robinson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Lisa Waup and Dominic White”

Curated by Julie Ewington

This exhibition considers how contemporary makers can help us make social as well as physical transitions. Featuring contemporary door-furniture by artists and makers in a variety of media, Open Door considers how this aspect of the built environment is beautiful, as well as useful, in Australian life.

RSVP essential

Name *
Name
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Small Gatherings
Oct
8
to Nov 9

Small Gatherings

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Stephanie Hicks,  Small Gatherings,  2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Stephanie Hicks, Small Gatherings, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Small Gatherings
8 October - 9 November 2019

Stephanie Hicks


Small Gatherings in an ongoing project that originated during my residency at Craft in August last year. Over several weeks, I collected, cut out and rearranged photographs sourced from the library at Craft to develop a series of works on paper: collage ‘samplers’ created with the specific intention of application to fabric.

The initial phase was guided in part by my aim to extend my creative practice into textile design. It also allowed me to explore an interest in materiality and assemblage, which continues here.  

Melbourne-based artist Stephanie Hicks works with drawing, artist’s books, textiles, and primarily, collage. Her practice is informed by traditions of printmaking, craft and decorative arts, and a love of picture books and storytelling. The collection and arrangement of photographic images is central to Stephanie’s creative practice. Disparate fragments are brought into new relationships with each other to create a visual dialogue, or poetry.

stephaniehicks.com.au
@stephaniefhicks

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Nanakorobi Yaoki
Nov
12
to Dec 14

Nanakorobi Yaoki

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Elysha Rei,  Wagara I (detail) , 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Elysha Rei, Wagara I (detail), 2019 Handcut paper. 45 x 104cm

Nanakorobi Yaoki - Fall down seven times, get up eight
12 November - 14 December 2019

Elysha Rei


These works form part of a body of work created and exhibited in Japan in December 2018, as part of an Asialink Creative Exchange. The work features hand cut paper installations inspired by the patterns found in Rei's Samurai ancestor's armour-wear, which took on additional meaning when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, becoming a warrior herself. The works illuminate the patterns of Rei's mixed Japanese-Australian heritage, and pay homage to her battle with breast cancer.

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and public art commissions. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, New Zealand,Thailand, Japan and the US. In November 2018 she completed an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange in Japan creating work at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, then exhibited at No.12 Gallery in Tokyo.

elysharei.com
@elysharei


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Craft & Design as a Career 2019
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Craft & Design as a Career 2019

Image: Maryanne Moodie

Image: Maryanne Moodie

Craft & Design as a Career

Our annual conference presents the journeys of innovative creatives and industry experts. Hear their stories, philosophies and perspectives on what it means to practice in today’s craft and design community.

Our speakers include hand-picked luminaries presenting fresh reflections on their own lives in the creative realm.

Speakers include:

  • Ana Petidis - weaver, analog cloth + concepts

  • Annette Wagner - multi disciplined creative

  • Anthea Riskas - content, copy and strategy for creatives

  • Gerry Wedd - potter

  • Ilka White - textiles and sculpture

  • Honor Freeman - ceramic artist

  • Maree Clarke - artist and curator

  • Maryanne Moodie - weaver

  • Zaiba Khan - Fijian-Indian artist

Limited tickets available
$75 members
$95 non-members

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August Advice Clinic: Instagram Check Up
Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

August Advice Clinic: Instagram Check Up

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ADVICE CLINIC: INSTAGRAM CHECK UP

Tuesday, 13 August
1 - 4pm


Craft Victoria have proudly been running this specially tailored form of professional development for our members we call Advice Clinics.

For Craft Cubed, we are opening up this members-only service, for anyone interested in a taster of just-for-you advice and recommendations. Come along and grab a 10 minute slice of off-the-cuff professional critical engagement around your maker Instagram profile with Anthea Riskas - Full Tilt Mumma - content, copy and strategy for creatives, and Craft staff.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library and enjoy afternoon tea

Members FREE
Non-Members $15

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SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR

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SEE YOU IN THE SOUP “MEET & EAT” MINI TOUR
Saturday 10 August, 4pm

Meet artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles at their exhibition See You in the Soup at Craft Victoria, then continue on foot to their nearby studio in the Nicholas Building for a glimpse into their maker space, and then finishing up with nibbles and sips on Flinders Lane.

$30



See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

www.softstories.com.au
@soft_stories #seeyouinthesoup
See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Christina Darras | Bottle People Workshops
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Christina Darras | Bottle People Workshops

Christina Darras

Christina Darras

Bottle People Workshops
9 & 10 August, 1 - 3pm

Create your own Bottle People using old plastic bottles, recycled paper, paint, imagination and an open heart. In two hours of making, children and adults will make their own Bottle Person character to take home.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

$20 for an adult and child together
Tools & Materials supplied



Christina Darras is a maker and visual poet whose practice includes jewellery, watercolour and embroidery. She has an Athenian Greek background and lives and works in Melbourne.

Christina uses her creativity to navigate through different countries and cultures. During her residency at Craft Victoria Christina will be making, researching and meeting with visitors as she develops her Bottle People project.

“This is a body of work that occurred when two images, like transparencies, overlapped: floating plastic bottles in the sea and floating people who are trying, crossing the seas, to find a safe place to live.

It is almost like, from a safe space, western societies treat with the same little respect and thought, people and plastic waste.”

Using a craft technique of painted papier mache plastic bottles, she will presents a colourful crowd of hundreds of bottle people. Through this bright installation, the artist hopes to bring light to a dark place in contemporary society.

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Artist Talk | See You in the Soup
Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk | See You in the Soup

Soft Stories,  See You in the Soup , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Soft Stories, See You in the Soup, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP
ARTIST TALK
Saturday 3 August, 1pm


Join artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles as they take you behind the scenes of their latest project combining soft sculpture, stop motion animation, crafted narrative, immersive installation and character development.

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See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Artist in Residence | Christina Darras
Aug
1
to Aug 10

Artist in Residence | Christina Darras

Image: Christina Darras

Image: Christina Darras

Artist in Residence | Christina Darras
1 - 10 August
Tuesday to Saturday
12 - 5pm daily at the Craft Victoria Library

Christina Darras is a maker and visual poet whose practice includes jewellery, watercolour and embroidery. She has an Athenian Greek background and lives and works in Melbourne.

Christina uses her creativity to navigate through different countries and cultures. During her residency at Craft Victoria Christina will be making, researching and meeting with visitors as she develops her Bottle People project.

“This is a body of work that occurred when two images, like transparencies, overlapped: floating plastic bottles in the sea and floating people who are trying, crossing the seas, to find a safe place to live.

It is almost like, from a safe space, western societies treat with the same little respect and thought, people and plastic waste.”

Using a craft technique of painted papier mache plastic bottles, she will presents a colourful crowd of hundreds of bottle people. Through this bright installation, the artist hopes to bring light to a dark place in contemporary society.

Workshops

Bottle People Workshops
9 and 10 August, 1 - 3pm
$20 - bookings essential

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Felt Food Workshop with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Felt Food Workshop with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles

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FELT FOOD WORKSHOP
with Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Saturday 20 July, 2 - 4pm

Join the artists behind Soft Stories for a workshop of fun making suitable for beginners.  Be inspired by their immersive exhibition about adventures in eating.  Take home a small felt souvenir made by you.  Tools and materials supplied.

$50



See You in the Soup is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

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July Advice Clinic: Selling Online Checkup
Jul
16
1:00 PM13:00

July Advice Clinic: Selling Online Checkup

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Last year we introduced a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10-minute slice of professional advice with a specific focus. 

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The July session is an opportunity to have your ONLINE STORE critiqued and analysed with an eye to marketplace and customer benchmarks. 

  • What are driving customers to your online store?

  • Are you converting visitors into customers?

  • Are you getting repeat customers online?

  • Are you capturing abandoned carts?

  • How does your aesthetic and photography match your product?

  • Don’t have an online store? Where to begin!?

The panel will look at your current online presence and offer critical feedback to improve potential sales.

Join:

  • Sarah Weston, Craft Victoria

  • Matt Thomson, Mattt

  • Grace Smith, Craft Victoria

WHEN: TUESDAY 16 JULY, AFTERNOON (choose a time slot when you book)

WHERE: WATSON PLACE, MELBOURNE

WHO: ANY CRAFT VICTORIA MEMBER

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED. FREE FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND, BUT PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Photo by Matt Thomson

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See You in the Soup
Jul
13
to Aug 17

See You in the Soup

Soft Stories,  See You in the Soup , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Soft Stories, See You in the Soup, 2019. Image courtesy the artist

SEE YOU IN THE SOUP
13 JULY - 17 AUGUST 2019

Soft Stories

See You in the Soup
is a surreal narrative exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck. In a city constructed from cardboard and fluffy fabrics, a cast of urban birds share a food adventure in this short stop motion film. With food exploration as a central theme, the film will screen in an immersive, soft, food-laden installation which encourages playful thinking and tempts you to consider your culinary comfort zone. See You in the Soup will bring together audiences of all ages and encourage interaction between generations through a shared appreciation of food and entertainment.

See You in the Soup is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program 

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Jun
25
to Jul 27

Time body

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Nora Thamthanakorn,  Time Body 2 , 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Nora Thamthanakorn, Time Body 2, 2018, Earthenware Clay, 19cmWx25cmHx19cmD. Image courtesy the maker.

Time Body
25 June - 27 July 2019

Nora Thamthanakorn


Time Body is a series of sculptural ceramic work exploring the notion of impermanence. Inviting reflection on the momentary nature of existence, each vessel is an expression of perishable conditions and transformation.

“Perceiving erosion and architectural ruins as metaphors for the temporary nature of us and our surroundings, I hope to create a universal visual language through recognisable forms,  recontextualising their permanent household functional values, and raising mindfulness of the ephemerality we experience in our daily routine and living cycle. I hope that these works bring attention to the constant change in us and our surroundings.“

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Nora Thamthanakorn’s practice explores the concept of impermanence. Being self-taught, she works in clay to express the perishable conditions and the transient nature of existence. Growing up in Thailand, the Buddhist belief in Impermanence is central to her practice; as one encounters transformations through a lifetime, there is a sense of uncertainty after one transition to the next. Interacting with this vulnerability, Nora aims to capture and bring into presence the relationship between the impermanence and life.

www.norathamthanakorn.com
@norathamthanakorn

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FRONT / CENTRE 2019
Jun
20
to Jun 22

FRONT / CENTRE 2019

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FRONT / CENTRE 2019

Craft Victoria presents four emerging maker designers as part of this year’s DENFAIR, Front / Centre – ceramicist Jack Balfour, wood turner and photographer Makiko Ryujin , furniture designer Olive Gill-Hille and designer Adrian Olasau will showcase their work across this three day trade fair.

Denfair is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. This year will take place over the 20 - 22 June at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Front / Centre is proudly supported by the DIA, FAB9, Spicers, Schiavello and Green Magazine in partnership with Craft ACT, Craft Victoria, JamFactory and Workshopped together with the Australian Design Centre.


Adrian Olasau

Adrian’s work is a fusion of craftsmanship and refined minimalism. He is passionate about exploring the boundaries of what is possible in wood, as can be seen in his GH Bike Rack. Adrian is a traditionally trained furniture designer/maker graduating from the prestigious Sturt School for Wood, taking out the Top New Talent award. Adrian’s subtle user-focused design aims to create sustainable furniture to enhance our daily life. — olasdesign.com.au

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Jack Balfour


Jack Balfour is a potter, maker and designer, completing his Honours in Industrial Design at Monash University this year. He produces unique wheel-thrown collections in porcelain, with a focus on refined objects of beauty and function. Jack explores the severity of form accentuated by beautiful surfaces and subtle patterns, creating groupings to orchestrate an interplay of contours and bursts of colour. — jackbalfourceramics.com

 
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Makiko Ryujin


Makiko Ryujin is a wood turner and photographer who is based in a new studio in Fawkner. Born in Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, she grew up in Takasaki, in Gumma, before spending one year of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and finishing her studies in Melbourne, Australia. Makiko then completed a Bachelor of Photography degree at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her current photography work aligns with her dual career as a wood turner, as she is now primarily photographing the work of other artists and designers. — makikoryujin.com

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Olive Gill-Hille

Olive Gill-Hille is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Originally from Perth, WA, Olive relocated to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art (2015) specialising in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, during this time she became interested in the utilitarian element of furniture and wanted to apply conceptual thinking to practical objects, this lead to undertaking the Associate Degree of Furniture Design at RMIT (2018). Olive aims to create pieces that transform furniture, traditionally static and practical objects, into involved and unconventional works of art. The designer’s experimental structures often reference the human body, bodies supporting bodies, and adapt shapes and forms from the natural environment into man-made objects. — olivegillhille.com

 
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June Advice Clinic: Wholesaling Your Craft
Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

June Advice Clinic: Wholesaling Your Craft

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Last year we introduced a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10-minute slice of professional advice with a specific focus. 

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The June session is focused on WHOLESALING YOUR CRAFT. How to make the retail shift from selling direct to public to having a retailer represent you. Join Craft Victoria’s Sarah Weston and Gemma Jones along with jeweller/book-keeper Victoria Mason.

We will be able to talk to you about things like:

  • Pricing you work for wholesale

  • GST and financial obligations

  • PPSR

  • Consignment options

  • Creating a wholesale catalogue

WHEN: TUESDAY 11 JUNE, AFTERNOON (choose a time slot when you book)

WHERE: WATSON PLACE, MELBOURNE

WHO: ANY CRAFT VICTORIA MEMBER

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

FREE FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND, BUT PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

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The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards close Monday 15 July 11:59pm
Jun
3
to Jul 15

The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards close Monday 15 July 11:59pm

Image: Byron Raleigh, 2017 Victorian Craft Awards Finalist

Image: Byron Raleigh, 2017 Victorian Craft Awards Finalist

Final week to apply to the 2019 Victorian Craft Awards.

Australia’s most prestigious award for contemporary craft is closing soon with applications open until Monday 15 July 2019, 11.59pm AEST.


Applications of works made since mid-2017 by established, mid-career and emerging artists are encouraged from across the state. Works by the finest contemporary makers in Victoria will be selected for exhibition, with this years’ finalists being announced on Friday 9 August 2019

The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards exhibition will be open to the public Saturday 19 October - Wednesday 30 November, presenting some of the most exciting artists working in Australia today.
The 2019 Award category winners will be announced at a launch event and celebration held at the La Trobe Ballroom at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Thursday 31 October.

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Crease-resistant
May
21
to Jun 22

Crease-resistant

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

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Crease-resistant
21 May - 22 June 2019

Anna Fiedler

The weavings are made with crimplene thread, a synthetic fabric that was discontinued in the 1970s. Woven loosely, they become thin and fragile. The vacuum seal bags preserve their fragility, keeping them from being used or damaged. Removing the air from these bags emphasises each woven thread and the form of each weaving so that every movement and gesture that went into making them is highlighted.

Both the synthetic fabric and the vacuum seal bags have similar purposes; the invention of crimplene thread was to make wrinkle-free clothing, however the material does not allow the skin to breath; vacuum seal bags keep household clothes and fabrics from creasing while in storage through removing oxgyen.  

Anna Fiedler's practice utilises the process of weaving to remove the boundaries surrounding traditional craft making. Objects are created to become something no longer recognisable as a classic weaving; attempting to re-deduce their fixity between both craft and new materialism.

In size, the works often respond to the loom they were made on. This idea of a relationship between woman and loom is substantiated through the melodic and calming process of making the weavings. These works find their criticality within this process, softening differences between process and outcome. Her fragile works explore preservation but also encapsulate their history and ancient methods.

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Maker Headshot Day + Object Photography
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Maker Headshot Day + Object Photography

A specially designed day for makers with some professional photographic takeaways.

We are bringing together a portrait photographer, a product photographer and a professional stylist to give you a crafted, personalised experience.  You’ll get a beautiful mini folio of photos of you and photos of your work which you can go on to exploit on your website, social media, press releases and the like!

Spend time with photographer Natalie Jeffcott and stylist Emily Deneys to take your headshot.  Then take your own craft objects over to Craft Victoria’s own Sarah Weston to have them styled and photographed.

The day includes feedback, a cheersquad and generous refreshments … as well as a beautiful opportunity to hang out with like minded makers.

 WHO WILL BE LOOKING AFTER YOU:

Natalie Jeffcott is a professional freelance photographer. Having received her Bachelor of Arts in Photography from RMIT in 2001, and a Diploma of Visual Merchandising from RMIT TAFE, she currently provides her trademark imagery for Australian magazines including Frankie, Smith Journal and SPACES.  Natalie enjoys the variety of both natural location shots with other studio sets constructed with artificial lighting.  Natalie has worked with Craft Victoria in the past shooting maker headshots with spot-on results.

Emily Deneys is a personal stylist with a love of ethical Australian made clothing and second hand fashion, capitalising on her knack for op shopping.  Emily advocates for more sustainable looks and is dedicated to helping people dress with confidence and ultimately have fun, because clothing and fashion should be fun!  She joins the team for this headshot day to be your cheerleader and micro-styling champion.

 Sarah Weston is Craft Victoria’s Retail and Business Development Manager.  She works daily with craftspeople with an eye to making their work look professional, detailed and at its aesthetic best.  She is a social media gun when it comes to visual merchandising and product photography.  She’s part of this day to take a suite of object photographs of your wares to add to your folio. 

 WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  •  A styling tip sheet before the event to help you prepare.

  •  30 minutes with Portrait Photographer & Stylist, 2-3 different backdrops

  • Receive 4-6 different headshot images, all with lo-res / hi-res, square crop, circle crop, portrait or landscape, colour and black & white versions.

  • Professional photo editing is included in your fee

  • 30 minutes with Object Photographer in Studio 2, 4 x object shots. Objects must be smaller than 30cm x 30cm

  • Drinks and snacks from our generous grazing table (plenty of vegan and gluten free options)

 WHAT TO BRING:

  •  Additional accessories – scarf, earrings, jewellery, cardigan, alternative hair option

  • Comb and makeup to refresh

  • Up to four objects maximum size 30cm x 30cm

WHEN AND HOW:

  •  Saturday 18 May 2019

  • $295 for members and $350 for non-members*

  • Book in for a one of our four sessions. 

  • Each session is a total of 2 hours. 

  • You will be sharing this session with three others.

  • You will get 15-30 minutes one-on-one for your Headshot and 30 minutes one-on-one for your Object Photography session.

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes ahead of your session start time.

* If you are a Craft Victoria Member, please use the discount code: MEMBER295 for your Member price.  Membership discount only valid for paid, current members of Craft Victoria.

EARLYBIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS FOR $250 – USE THE CODE: PHOTOBIRD

Four Session options:

  • 9am (arrive at 8:45)

  • 11:15am (arrive at 11am)

  • 1:45pm (arrive at 1pm)

  • 4pm (arrive at 3:45pm)

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Copyright your Craft 2019
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Copyright your Craft 2019

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Intellectual property and contracts can be a delicate and tricky issue in the creative industries, and it is wise for craftspeople, designers and makers to be aware of the ways they can protect their work and ideas before a storm hits. Learn more about intellectual property specifically tailored to the craft community in this Law Week event.

$15 Craft Members and  $30 Non Craft Members

This session will bring together ideas and experiences which reflect on copyright for makers.

Victoria Wells is the principal at Radvocato: Kick-ass legal for start-ups, creatives & the entrepreneurially inclined.

Kindly hosted by MISSING PERSONS

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Warped Perspectives
May
11
to Jul 6

Warped Perspectives

Meghan Spielman,  Contradict  (detail) , 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Meghan Spielman, Contradict (detail), 2019. Image courtesy the artist

Warped Perspectives
11 May - 6 July 2019

Co-curated by Beck Jobson

An exhibition of contemporary tapestry and loom woven textiles that explores materiality, process, and the intersections between textiles, painting, and sculptural form.

Artists: Meghan Spielman (USA), Jennifer Robertson (ACT), Tim Gresham (VIC), Amanda Ho (VIC), Ana Petidis (VIC), Britt Salt (VIC), and Sara Lindsay (VIC).

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 CRAFT x SAM Showcase: earth bound, in flight
May
9
to Aug 7

CRAFT x SAM Showcase: earth bound, in flight

Lisa Waup, Keeping Culture 5/7, porcelain, Emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, hand forger copper railway waire, silver solder, 21 x 10 x 10 cm. Photography Amina Barolli

Lisa Waup, Keeping Culture 5/7, porcelain, Emu feathers, parrot feathers, cotton, hand forger copper railway waire, silver solder, 21 x 10 x 10 cm. Photography Amina Barolli

CRAFT x SAM Showcase
earth bound, in flight: ceramic artists of Baluk Arts
9 May - 7 August 2019

Baluk Arts


earth bound, in flight is a record of making at Baluk Arts, punctuating the importance of collaboration and shared understanding of culture and community.
The Craft x SAM Showcase is a curated program of exhibitions in partnership with Craft Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum.

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May Advice Clinic - Packaging and branding
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

May Advice Clinic - Packaging and branding

May Advice Clinic for Members

PACKAGING & BRANDING

Last year we introducing a brand new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The May session is focused on branding and packaging where we invite you to come for a quick discussion about how you wrap up your practice for market – be it literally packaging, or branding such as logos, bylines and overall visual narrative in your graphic design.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

1-3pm (select your window when you book)

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Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists
Apr
18
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! Artists

AFTERNOON TEA WITH THE FRESH! ARTISTS

GUSH , 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable  Photography Tim Hardy

GUSH, 2018, reclaimed Geelong Limestone, reclaimed Tasmanian Huon Pine. Dimensions variable

Photography Tim Hardy

Afternoon tea with the Fresh! artists
Thursday 18 April, 2 - 3:30pm

Join us for cake and conversation with some of the Fresh! artists.

Free event, but please RSVP below

Name *
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FRESH!
23 MARCH - 4 MAY 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

THE FINALISTS

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

THE SELECTION PANEL

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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April Advice Clinic - Object Review Panel: Retail
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

April Advice Clinic - Object Review Panel: Retail

April Advice Clinic for Members

OBJECT REVIEW PANEL: RETAIL

Last year we introducing a brand new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The April session is an opportunity to have your work critiqued from a retail perspective.  Bring in your craftworks, your works in progress, your concepts - and the panel will give you feedback based on a retail and commercial perspective.

Afternoon tea and coffee provided.

Tuesday 9 April 2019

1-3pm (select your window when you book)

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Conversations With A Landscape
Apr
9
to May 18

Conversations With A Landscape

MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY

Robyn Phelan,  Conversation with a Tree - Recording,  2018, digital image.

Robyn Phelan, Conversation with a Tree - Recording, 2018, digital image.

Conversations with a landscape
9 April - 18 May 2019

Robyn Phelan

Conversations with a landscape presents an investigation into our relationship with Australian landscape.

”I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.

These objects respond to a tree and the place in which it grows. The artist would like to acknowledge that this work was made beside the waters and on lands of the Taungurung Clans. This tree stands majestic and sublime, its imposing size suggesting it is many hundred years old. A vital living thing, a survivor of colonial impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry,19th century and ongoing farming and leisure activities. It stands on the verge of a stone-filled mountain river, teetering on the boundaries of possessed and Crown lands.

Conversations with a Landscape uses the framed space of a vitrine to propose that we occupy a newly defined place in nature and within the genre of landscape. The making of these ceramic artefacts is the outcome of a corresponding and complimentary flow of material with a vital connection to place.”




Robyn Phelan makes sculptural and ceramic works out of the Elm Place Studios in North Melbourne. Referencing art history, a sense of place, and concern for the environment, her works question ‘what and who are we? For the artist, clay is a material with immense agency and is intrinsic to the universal human experience. Robyn has a diverse range of professional visual arts experience, and is an avid observer and writer of contemporary ceramic practice. Robyn is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at RMIT. She also teachers in Ceramics and Professional Practice.  

https://robynphelan.com.au/
@robynphelan

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Fresh!
Mar
23
to May 4

Fresh!

Aphra Cheesman,  Plug and Socket  ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

Aphra Cheesman, Plug and Socket ( neckpiece), 2018, vitreous enamel on copper, mild steel, electrical cable, 40x40x60 length 700mm. Photography Andrew Barcham

FRESH!
23 March - 4 May 2019


Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers.

This year, Craft Victoria will present eleven recent graduates selected by a team of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts. 

The Finalists

 Aaron Billings | Aphra Cheesman | Belinda Reid | Jess Lyons | Jessie Balletta | Javier Bermejo (Boy Mode) | Mali Taylor | Olive Gill-Hille | Rosie Gunzburg | Sam Seary | Zaiba Khan

The Selection Panel

Josephine Briginshaw | Andrei Davidoff | Troy Emery | Daniel Poole | Louise Meuwissen | Chloë Powell | Eliza Tiernan

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DIY WEBSITES FOR MAKERS
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

DIY WEBSITES FOR MAKERS

Empower yourself to design, create and manage your own website to profile yourself and your craft.

These days, a website is a must-have for any creative wanting to be taken seriously by galleries, curators, collectors and the media.  Come to hear ideas, tips and planning resources for setting up a simple, cost effective and professional website for you as an artist or craft maker.  With a focus on creating an online portfolio, this session will give you the confidence to build, manage and edit your own online representation.  Learn some basic Dos and Don’ts of artist websites. 

This beginner’s session is designed for craftspeople who do not currently have their own website but have:

  • some experience with using the web

  • access to the internet

  • access to a computer or laptop

  • access to digital images of your work

Please bring:

  • a notebook

  • a laptop or iPad (if you have one)

  • a folder of digital images of your work on your laptop or iPad

Presented by

Light refreshments will be served.

Limited seats available

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100 Models
Mar
16
to Mar 20

100 Models

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100 Models is an exhibition by BKK Architects celebrating new modes of digital thinking: a creative process made possible through the arrival of affordable and accessible 3D printing. 100 ideas are frozen in physical form as unpolished experiments, provocations, an follies, drawn from an eclectic mix of influence: Culture, technology, science, philosophy, politics and urban form. Processed by the network of thinking within a practice, the 100 ideas overlap in a unique expression of collective design intelligence

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Market Ready
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Market Ready

Market Ready Returns

Market Ready is a retail foundations starter for makers preparing to take their work to market.

This session aims to provide pathways into the ‘craft & design market’ community and offer confidence building strategies for emerging makers.  Expect practical preparation tips, marketing, sales and presentation strategies as well as solid accounting tips for fledgling handmade businesses.

Our speakers will draw on their unique knowledge of trade fairs and markets and discuss their personal experience in creating strong product branding, selling strategies, negotiating cross-platform selling, savvy market preparation and logistics, and developing a memorable market presence through visual merchandising and confident banter.

We will also be covering Financial Foundations as key factor in successful retail.

Confirmed Craft Hatch Stall Holders can attend FREE, but MUST BOOK with the discount code.

Evening will include Q&A and refreshments.

Speakers include:

  • Anthea Riskas, Full Tilt Nanna

  • Emma J Hawkins, Small Fortunes

  • Victoria Niewalda, Retail Strategy and CX Specialist

  • Gemma Jones, Craft

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Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre
Mar
9
to May 12

Maree Clarke: Reimagining Culture; Contemporary Connections to Country at Mildura Arts Centre

Maree Clarke,  Kangaroo Tooth Necklace,  2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Maree Clarke, Kangaroo Tooth Necklace, 2013. Kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo sinew and pigment. Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash University Library 2016.

Presented in association with Mildura Art Centre as part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Forward series, Reimagining Culture - Contemporary Connections to Country will bring together a selection of existing works by Mutti Mutti, Boonwurrung, Yorta Yorta woman and multi-disciplinary artist Maree Clarke, and new works made in collaboration by Maree and her nieces and nephews.

Maree’s family lives in Mildura and the surrounding area. Reimagining Culture is an opportunity for them to (re)imagine their culture in the place they live and have lived. It will explore how they create their traditions through research and respect of the land, while drawing strength from their Ancestors.

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Craft Cubed 2019 - Applications open
Mar
8
to May 6

Craft Cubed 2019 - Applications open

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The 10th Craft Cubed Festival invites makers and creative organizations to join us in forging another celebration of the handmade this August.

Applications for both our famous Window Walk Project and our DIY Satellite Program under the theme of Crafting Culture are now open.

Craft Cubed Festival is funded by the City of Melbourne.

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