Holly Leonardson has developed a reputation as a multi talented, multi disciplinary visual artist and studio jeweller. After completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Art in Tasmania and a year living in Melbourne Leonardson has returned to her home state of Queensland and currently resides in the beautiful Sunshine Coast where she works with a mix of found objects, craft and precious materials, Her amazing works are guided by playful material-led process and experimentation - elements all on show in the gobsmacking exhibition PIQUED Collection and Connection, that she's created in collaboration with Mae Finlayson exclusively for this years Craft and Design as a Career conference on August 12 and 13. We spoke to Leonardson about her earliest craft memories, op-shop inspirations and what she's looking forward to in this years program.

What is your earliest craft memory?

Beyond drawing, my earliest craft memory is making a papier-mâché box resembling a cat with my mum. That, and lots of classic pasta / shell adorned picture frames.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

When I was living in Melbourne, it was a huge novelty to be able to go op-shopping for materials at Savers outside of typical thrift store hours. Finding new old books and discarded craft DIY objects to incorporate into my work is always inspiring.

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

Kokono No. 1

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

My studio is based at home, and I am lucky to be living near a small mountain and close to the beach so if I need a break I can be in two completely different environments. The making space itself can be described as colourful, improvised and modest, with a growing collection of books for collage purposes.

How does good craft make you feel?

A kind of tickly-fuzzy feeling.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?

I'm really excited to see Mae Finlayson (my collaborating partner for PIQUED) and my jeweller friend Bianca Mavrick speak at the Art and Design as a Career conference. 

There are so many other events I wish I could attend, however my Melbourne visit this year is going to be short and sweet!