Established in 2008, Candu Creative brings highly specialised knowledge garnered over 30 years in the moulding and casting business together with experienced teachers in fun interactive workshops. With studios in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane Candu focus on providing spaces where students can explore materials and techniques in a supportive environment with like minded makers. During this years festival they're running a suite of classes to teach resin art, jewellery and homewares to beginners wanting to learn new skills, and more experienced wanting to work with new materials. We asked Marketing Manager Sophie a few questions about the Candu community, and the importance of the handmade.

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

The handmade is about letting go of our busy minds and slowing down. It is about seeing what happens when we try something new. It is about learning skills by doing and enjoying ourselves by getting completely lost in the process.

How would you describe your craft community?

We connect with a lot of makers, local businesses, sculptors and designers. The students who come to our classes come from a range of backgrounds including artists as well as weekend creatives, people who might spend the week behind a computer but want to get out and get their hands dirty on their weekend.

What is your earliest craft memory?

As a child I loved the 'Useful Box' segment on Play School! I can never look at an object without thinking about what it might become.

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

Play, have fun and enjoy the process. An outcome is a bonus, not the goal.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

I love wandering the lane ways in the CBD. I am also inspired by the street art, street fashion and random sculptures in different parts of Melbourne.

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

I'm exploring world music through some CDs I picked up at an op shop on the weekend.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

Our studio space is really bright with lots of different jewellery and art samples. I try to keep a good balance between creativity and a semblance of order.

How does good craft make you feel?

All warm and fuzzy inside.

What is your dream craft collaboration - if history and geography and money was no barrier?

I'd love to work with Kate Rohde, she is such an inspirational resin artist.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?

I'm always excited by the workshops on offer, particularly working with timeless materials such as leather and clay.