Carly Altree-Williams is a Melbourne based illustrator and textile artist trying to bring an awareness to the beauty found in our local environments through her work. Williams takes her original illustrations rendered in watercolour and utilises embroidery, collage and digital printing to create beautiful, thought provoking functional pieces informed by her ongoing research of local eco systems and native plants. Williams is holding what promises to be a super cool Mini Market in the beautiful Darebin Parklands on Saturday August 19 to showcase handmade products that celebrate nature and sustainability with fellow artists Cat Rabbit, Evie Barrow, Rohanna Holiday and Tanya Lazar de Calero of Courtesy Please. She'll also be selling her work at the special Craft Cubed Hatch Market on Saturday August 26, giving you two opportunities to catch up with this fantastic artist her gorgeous work during Craft Cubed 2017! 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

I think Tai Snaith's " Slow Down, World" sums it up for me. I love how making things can pull you out of that frazzled state of existence that we all seem to be operating in these days and brings you back to the present moment. The handmade has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. I really can't function properly unless I have time to make things! I try to incorporate the handmade as much as possible in many aspects of my life be it with food, gardening, gifts, homewares etc by making myself or supporting local, handmade products. I'm hoping this way of thinking will pass to my kids!

How would you describe your craft community?

Amazing, supportive, open and encouraging. I have made so many friends through this community and love sharing my passion with others who feel the same way about craft!

What is your earliest craft memory?

Probably something with my mum - maybe around 3 or 4 years. She used to do so much sewing when I was younger and I remember her making a wedding dress and I got the silk off cuts to use as a comforter!

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

Having small windows of opportunity for making around working, kids and life - you can't really wait for the perfect moment - I have really learnt this year to push through and just start drawing or making regardless of how I am feeling and the result that I produce. It's so important to keep exploring, experimenting and practicing your technique.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

Darebin Parklands of course!

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

So much listening - today it's Missy Elliot, Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stoneage, Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions and the Gun Club so far. Also reading about how to make good compost in Tim Marshall's "Compost".

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

In the corner of the lounge room - surrounded by kids with a sunny window that looks out at my vegie patches.

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

hmm thats a hard to narrow down - I would say Romance Was Born, Hayao Miyazaki or a wood worker - I love A J Fossick.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?

Definitely craft and design as a career (my yearly event), Getting there by Teddy Bears Wednesday, Slash Panache: Gallop Walllop - everything really!