Craft Cubed Presents: Vitroform | Artaviso & Lord Coconut
Vitroform is a collaboration between Art Aviso, Lord Coconut and over 20 artists re-imagining vintage soviet era glass test tubes. Ahead of the launch we were able to to speak with Lord Coconut himself to dive into his history as a collector and lover of craft.
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
I try to live my life supporting Australian based artisans in as many areas of my life as possible. It can be local food, furniture, artwork and the like. My view is if I want people to support the store which specialises in handcrafted jewellery then I should in turn repay the favour.
How would you describe your craft community?
Supportive and diverse. Although my specialty is the jewellery craft community due to the store, I'm a big collector of local street art as well as the homewares community so I touch on a lot of areas. We also run about 6-8 in-store exhibitions throughout the year which can have a visual arts bent which means even the store supports the local craft community, not just the local jewellery community.
What is your earliest craft memory?
This is a weird one but making model ships (from commercial plastic kits) at the local library and then hearing the story (and seeing the reenactment using our model ships) of how the Bismark was sunk. Although traditionally not recognised as part of the craft community if you see what model builders are doing today there is no doubt that they are the finest hand fabricators and painters going around and many of their works sit nicely along what the modern craft community are producing.
What is your philosophy or motto when it comes to creativity?
Leave it to someone else who has the passion to be a leader in their field and support them by either purchasing their work or providing an opportunity for them to show their work to a wider community through my in-store exhibitions.
What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?
PBS - all day every day.
How would you describe your studio or making environment?
A 19th Century natural history museum-like space which is designed for both men and women to feel comfortable visiting and exploring the store.
How does "good" craft make you feel?
On top of the world as it usually means I've purchased the next piece for my ever growing collection.
What is your dream craft collaboration - if history and geography and money was no barrier?
I want to work on the original Dark Crystal movie. It's seemed like an excited production behind the scenes. Organic chaos with many artists and puppets. I love it
What other Craft Cubed events are you excited about?
The Craft Cubed Window Walk as you get to see a number of shows/installations in a short time period