Craft Cubed Presents: BRITT NEECH AND HANNAH CULSHAW X NIQUE | WINDOW WALK
Britt Neech and Hannah Culshaw have created a collaborative work which explores the notion of symbiosis and how this relates to human relationships.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
Britt - My work often leaves behind evidence of the making process in the final piece which I feel is important to connect myself, as an artist, to whoever is viewing my work.
Hannah - Handmade to me signifies value and care. The craft aspect of the handmade is special as it creates a connection to the process.
What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?
Britt - Through my work I express elements of myself. As long as what I am making feels true to me I know I am heading in the right direction. It's also important to have fun and to allow room for failure. Some of my favourite work has come from unpredictable processes or mistakes.
Hannah - I believe creativity is about considering what is present and pushing the limits of what exists. I think it's about experimenting with processes and discovering new designs and ideas along the way. Never limiting yourself to the unknown.
Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?
Britt - Galleries, the Royal Botanic Gardens, for a walk...
Hannah - I do a gallery loop, always stopping at the NGV to see what new exhibition is on. Then on to e.g.etal to admire local jewellery designers. Then I check out Craft to see what new beautiful pieces they have in store.
What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?
Britt - On my bedside I have Vitamin C: Clay + Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Curatorial Activism by Maura Reilly and a copy of JANE by the Grey Attic. In the studio I listen to podcasts, usually about art, true crime or other various topics - send recommendations I'm running out!
Hannah - My downtime is minimal but I will often put a podcast on when I am working, generally about society and culture.
How would you describe your studio or making environment?
Britt - My studio shelves are full of clay, glaze, maquettes, sculptures, vases. Everything is usually very tidy and ordered - I don't feel like I can start the day until it is!
Hannah - I work best in a tactile environment, my studio has many visual references showing shapes, patterns and mood. My relaxed studio environment allows for experimentation and play in the design process.
What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?
Britt - The Real to Reel Film Festival.
Hannah - The Sustainable Fashion Market!