Craft Cubed: Rose Agnew | Multi-disciplinary artist

Images courtesy of the artist, 2019

Images courtesy of the artist, 2019




Rose Agnew is a Melbourne artist whose interests in art, science, history and nature are the focus of her practice. Rose's explorations into the interior worlds of contemplation and intimacy are paired with the use of found objects and detailed imagery.

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

There is a special joy derived from making things with the hands, and with technical mastery comes the ability to manifest what the mind imagines. But hand making objects is even more than this as the very process of using the hands can lead to unexpected discoveries and directions. Making things with the hands also links us with ancient traditions and with nature. Our cultural history resides in the objects we revere, and I know my role is to continue that long tradition. I use traditional methods and materials, and modern technologies too, and I feel it is imperative that modern makers pay attention to the sustainability of their practice, to use resources responsibly and maintain respect for our precious earth.

How would you describe your craft community?

I am privileged to live and work in a community that respects artists and handmade works. I feel that it is vital to maintain high quality education in art practice, history and appreciation. Young children are so proud of their making, but often by adolescence most have abandoned their art/craft identity, and by adulthood it has evaporated entirely. I think our society as a whole would benefit from extended creative and critical thinking education, where creativity is incorporated into the daily experience of most people. Not everyone can be an artist or craftsperson, but everyone benefits from a vibrant and creative community.

What is your earliest craft memory?

Everything! Making tiny dioramas, sewing, building a cubby under a hedge, potato printing - I was into all of it. We didn't have a tv so I made a little theatre with a rolling back drop and cardboard characters to slide off and on the stage. Loo rolls featured heavily in my early endeavours.

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

Plus Ultra

What are you reading OR listening to at the moment?

History of English Podcast.

How would you describe your studio or making environment?

I work in a longstanding shared studio. Seven artists working in a large open plan studio in Windsor. We all love our work space and the supportive, respectful and vibrant community we have created.

How does "good" craft make you feel?

Seeing “good” craft always makes me feel alive

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

I would love to travel all over the world to learn as many traditional and new techniques as possible. From hand woven baskets to CAD, with egg tempera in between - there is nothing I don't want to know about!

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