Craft Cubed Presents: Angela Rossitto | Forever Threads at The Wandering Room
Forever Threads is an exhibition at The Wandering Room considering ‘deep time’. Angela investigates this theme through crocheting and stitching fibre of various scales and interweaving LED lighting. Via the hand-crafting of common materials she creates a large scale installation that transports you from the back garage of an old milk bar to somewhere else entirely - deep space.electronics.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
The handmade immediately signifies the human and the personal. For me it is also a visual representation of the time I have invested.
How would you describe your craft community?
I have good friends that are fellow makers that can either be thought of as artists or crafters or somewhere in between. I also have friends and acquaintances through uni, some of which use 'crafting' processes.
What is your earliest craft memory?
I'm not sure if this memory was my earliest but it was definitely one that was influential. I was at Primary School and my younger sister and I were sent to a school holiday care program. One of the activities was to make a covered coat hanger. Everyone was given a wire coat hanger and four strands of a soft mesh thread. We were instructed how to create a four-piece braid over the hanger. I remember taking to this quite quickly and enjoying the feel, repetition of the process, and seeing my own progress.
What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?
I believe that everyone has some creativity within them whatever that may be.
Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?
I don't need to go anywhere in particular, I am inspired by little things throughout a regular day. An interesting thought occurs to me or see or hear something and I jot it down. I usually have creative people around me and I draw inspiration from them too. I draw a lot of inspiration from books and films.
What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?
I am reading Beverly Gordon's book 'Textiles' and Henri Bergson's 'Creative Evolution' for my writing. I just picked up a second-hand copy of 'Rabbit-proof Fence' the other day, so I am about to read that also.
How would you describe your studio or making environment?
I have a studio at uni at the moment. There isn't a lot of my work there because I am bringing it over to The Wandering Room's gallery but usually I have lots of stuff on my table and hanging from the walls. I like to have a number of things on the go at any one time. At the moment I also have some small items, LED sequins and thread and temari balls at home. I only have a 'sliver' of a studio at home so I tend to make things wherever around the house and take bits and pieces with me on public transport.
How does "good" craft make you feel?
I appreciate many forms of craft because you often feel an immediate connection with the maker.
What is your dream craft collaboration - if history and geography and money was no barrier?
I would have loved to have met Olaf Stapledon. He was a British science fiction author born before the turn of the twentieth century. It was reading his novels 'Last and First Men' and 'Star Maker' that got me interested in my research topic deep time. I would love to be able to talk to him, pick his brain.
What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?
Over the course of the festival I am keen to check out sections of the Window Walk. I am also interested in going to 'Fantasies' by Hannah Gartside, I can definitely relate to the sensation of my body and brain feeling separate at times. I might also look up 'Swatch the Future' as it looks as though some of the work in it might align with my aesthetic. I will also consider attending some of the workshops on offer- I love picking up new craft skills!