Image: 'Quale XI (from The Shape of Night)' 2016, by Michaela Pegum 

Image: 'Quale XI (from The Shape of Night)' 2016, by Michaela Pegum 


Afernoon in Conversation with the Artists: 2 – 3pm Saturday 17 March 2018
Exhibition Opening: 3 – 5pm Saturday 17 March 2018
Exhibition Dates: 15 March  – 21 April 2018

Craft Watson Place (off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal) Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia

IMAGES FROM THE Artist in Conversation and OPENING. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Eliza Tiernan

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


Vanguard - Contemporary Makers Using new Technologies 

15 March - 21 April 2018

Combining craft philosophies, methodologies and materials with new and existing technologies, Alterfact, Bin Dixon-Ward, and Michaela Pegum are at the forefront of exciting developments in contemporary craft practice.

Through their experimental and sensitive approach to making, these artists are creating new materials, expanding the possibilities of various technologies, and contributing to a new interpretation of the handmade in craft.

Alterfact is an experimental design studio created by Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau. Alterfact’s practice is currently focused on the use of 3D printing in clay as a small batch manufacturing process. They push the boundaries of this traditionally plastic-based medium, and play with its connotations of utilitarianism and gimmickry, as it moves into a feasible reality. 

Bin Dixon-Ward uses CAD and 3D printing to explore the links between the geometry of buildings and contemporary jewellery. She references architectural elements in her work, explaining “I am using the same tools that are used to design buildings to design jewellery but on a different scale”.

Through phenomenological, poetic and material investigations Michaela Pegum’s current work explores experiences that hover on the thresholds of knowledge and mystery and how these experiences can be expressed in material form. She is particularly interested in in the resonance that is created between art object and beholder, and the generation of new and unique materials.