Visual artists and jewellery designer Christina Darras has always flirted with fashion. In the past she has designed prints, textile designs and one off items for international clients including Clements Ribeiro, Caramell baby, Harvey Nicholls, Barneys NYC, Collette Paris and Paul Smith London. Darras has been making jewellery consistently for the last fifteen years, claiming that she makes work for "girls who want to have a happy day". Darras is bringing her unique take on jewellery design to the special Craft Cubed Market in August. We spoke to her recently about finding her feet in Melbourne's making community, earliest craft memory and what she's been most looking forward to in this years festival. 

christina darras portrait.jpg

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

Making things with my hands is vital for me. There is not one day I can keep my hands of being busy. I love my work. my aim is to accomplish something new, more challenging every day.

How would you describe your craft community?

I am new at the Victoria craft community, but I find it very friendly and helpful. I think we all share the same love for whatever one is doing, the same fears and hopes, we understand each other in a a fast world of consumerism, where everything is a product.

What is your earliest craft memory?

Playing with my crayons, pretending they were actual characters..Mrs Pink, Mr Brown, Mrs Green, etc..also playing with my grandmothers box of buttons and threads... pieces of cloth, making small people out of them.

silver_ringssquare Christinna Darras.jpg

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

Work hard, be honest, don't do it for the money, do it for your soul.

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

NGV exhibitions and the seaside

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

The secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and all day radio to get used to the language.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

I work at home. It is cheaper. I wish I had more space though and also sometimes it is lonely.

How does good craft make you feel?

Wings to my heart !!!!!!!!!

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

Work with a Japanese kite maker and make beautiful kites or travel back in time in 2000bc in the Cycladic islands of Greece and sculpt little marble idols.

What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about? 

I wish I could take part in all the workshops and talks. Specially the workshops.