Thursday, March 31, 2011

Makers and Designers: Collisions and Intersections - Talk

Makers and Designers: Collisions and Intersections is a presentation of issues connecting and dividing the craft and design fields as seen by artists in the US after World War II, including modernism, production, and distribution. The lecture is based on the anthology Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint.

Vicki Halper is a highly regarded curator, writer and historian in the fields of contemporary craft and design. She has curated exhibitions for Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle, Washington; Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Vicki co-edited the book Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint with Diane Douglas (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2009) an anthology of artists’ writings and transcribed interviews about the history of American studio crafts after World War II. Research for Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; Windgate Foundation; Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; and James Renwick Senior Fellowship in American Crafts, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Vicki Halper’s visit to Australia is managed by Craft Australia and is made possible through the International Visiting Curator program. This program is an initiative of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

When:  4 April 2011 6-8 pm

Where: COFA UNSW Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Road Paddington Sydney Lecure Theatre:EG02

Who: Vicki Halper 

Cost : FREE and open to the Public

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sustainability for textiles: Ethical manufacturing, electronic fashions and zero waste

Traditionally, textile and fibre artists weave, crochet, knot, knit, spin, felt, stitch, print and dye as well as many other hand tooling methods. Today textiles are being woven with computer driven methods as well as with wood, fungi, bamboo, LED light tubing, recycled plastic and computer chips to create interactive and high performance textiles. We are being led wide eyed into new areas of electronic fashion, bio-mimicry and scientific-couture. At the same time, the textile sector is feeling the challenge of zero waste and ethical manufacturing. 

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Images top to bottom
High Tea with Mrs Woo: Return secret in your eyes black
Jimmy Pike: Screen printed fabric
Lise Frolund: Ladies ties 2011
Ellie Mücke: WearIt exhibition, Photographer Tobias Titz

Craft Australia's Top Ten Library Articles, March

The ten most visited pages in the Craft Australia Library over the last 25 days.

Craft Australia Library 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Craft Australia National Historical Collection - Textile images

Above top Tom Moore, Just another day (detail), 1986,  image number 1009019
Above Tom Moore, Just another day (detail), 1986,  image number 1009020

Above centre: Liz Williamson 2324 Plus White, 1986 image number 1031043 
Above bottom: Liz Williamson 2324 Plus Colour, 1986, image number 1031042

Visit the Craft Australia National Historical Collection to view textile images from the 1970's to the late 1990's. Textile artists in this collection include National Living Treasure Liz Williamson, Sue Rosenthal, Trish Bygott, terri Hall, Inga Hunter and  Tom Moore.


Save our Stories
Craft Australia is saving the story of the Australian Studio Craft movement. Over 25,000 colour slides from the Craft Australia Historical Collection are slowly deteriorating in the historic slide sleeves of the past. Craft Australia is preserving these slides by digitising them and making them accessible online. Images of work by Australian artists dating back to the late 1960s will now be viewable on the internet. Read More

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vicki Halper Keynote Speaker at The Australian National University School of Art

Vicki Halper will visit Australia as a guest of Craft Australia in April 2011 and is made possible through the Australia Council  International Visiting Curator program. Vicki Halper is a Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and International educator, independent curator and writer. During this time M/s Halper will tour New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, visiting a number of Australian Craft and Design Centres, universities, art schools, artists studios and galleries.

The ANU School of Art will host a public art forum keynote address by international educator, independent curator and writer Vicki Halper. Halper will discuss the relationship of studio craft and design as seen through the eyes of American practitioners after World War II. Read more


RSVP to ANU School of Art on (02) 6125 5810 or email gilbert.riedelbauch[at]

When:  7 April 2011: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Where: ANU School of Art, Lecture Theatre, Childers Street, Acton

Selling Yarns 2 on YouTube

Craft Australia is live on YouTube
Selling Yarns 2  Innovation for sustainability workshops can be viewed on the Craft Australia YouTube Channel.
Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability conference was developed by Craft Australia in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National University. The conference was held at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from the 6 - 9th March 2009

Craft Australia @ YouTube

Selling Yarns

Sunday, March 6, 2011

February 2011 Editorial

Sustainability for woodwork and furniture: adjusting and growing

February's newsletter looks at timber usage for furniture and object design. The articles and interviews cover issues in adjusting to changes in market demand and growing local markets, core skills in woodwork, benefits from mentoring programs in transforming the creative process as well as key issues for sustainable timber usage.

Throughout the year we will be delivering a range of topics, covering diverse issues that are important for the sector. This will culminate at the end of the year with a national forum, a ‘sustainability symposium’.  We believe that the craft and design sector has particular needs relating to sustainability..… read more