Melbourne based textile designer and knitter Dee Varel has fashioned an international career as a designer working on knitwear collections, international client based projects and trade shows. She's bringing her skills to the people by hosting two of her popular 'arm knitting' workshops on August 5 and 27 as part of this year's satellite events program. We spoke to Varel and found out a little more about her practice, the importance of community, and what she's most looking forward to in Craft Cubed 2017.

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

I love the tactility of the handmade. There is something valuable about knowing a person has spent time and care into making something.

How would you describe your craft community?

For me networking is key and the people around you provide knowledge, ideas and propositions that expand your world. My craft community is made up of a variety of people from different disciplines and walks of life, from textiles designers I went to uni with, to Artist run spaces and pop up spaces where creative people come together. As well as Artists and craftsman I have met living overseas.

What is your earliest craft memory?

My earliest craft memory would be my mother painting bouquets on the corners of table clothes and my father mending his work clothes.

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

Keep Inspired and anything is possible, remember that inspiration can come from absolutely everywhere.

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

Places Women Make by Jane Jose

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?

I’m Looking forward to the Bloomin Beauty exhibition, which includes a lot of talented textile friends as well as the watercolor workshop by Elizabeth Barnett and also the Window Walk Project collaborating with some iconic Melbourne stores.