Thursday, April 28, 2011

Craft Australia Forum 2011

Sustainability what does it mean?

To explore this field Craft Australia invites you to join in our focus on sustainability. This year Craft Australia will commission and publish articles in the CA enews highlighting sustainable craft and design practice.  An online forum addressing the issue is also planned for September where online discussions about models of sustainable practice will take place.

Feedback from the sector will identify the main areas of concern for makers. Craft Australia will make the findings from the focus on sustainability available to government and relevant stakeholders to future proof the capacity of craft and design creative micro enterprises.

What are your thoughts on sustainability?

Craft Australia is interested to know how you are tackling sustainability in your practice.

If you would like to contribute ideas or have an experience you would like to share on the Craft Australia blog, please leave a comment

 Image: Ellie Mucke dress on right made from recycled men's shirts. workshop Photographer Tobias Titz

Ellie Mucke, Textiles Longevity interview
Sustainable practice case studies

Vicki Halper visits the Gallery of Australian Design

Robert Foster, Vicki Halper, Gilbert Riedelbauch and Catrina Vignando at the Gallery of Australian Design

A summary of Vicki's tour can be found on:

Related links 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vicki Halper Visits the Canberra Glassworks

Image top: Vicki Halper in morning tea discussion with Australian contemporary glass artist's at the Canberra Glassworks 
Image bottom: Vicki Halper in the foyer gallery space at the Canberra Glassworks 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jewellery and metal: A treasury of light and land

This month we look at how jewellers and metal smiths are exploring innovative ways to be sustainable as part of creative mico-enterprises.  Craft Australia is exploring sustainability across the various mediums and materials that define craft and deign practice. This includes fashion, furniture, jewellery and object design. Leaders in the field have been interviewed about what sustainability means in their area of practice. Four months into the year and we have a very compelling story about sustainable craft and design enterprises.

Featured Articles
  • Dorothy Erickson, kinetic jewellery - interacting with light and land, interview   read more
  • Rohan Nicol, Analogue to digital, hand to machine  read more
  • Robert foster, design luminary at GAD, Canberra  read more
  • Emma GraceWelcome to The Treasury   read more

Images top to bottom
Dorothy Erickson,  A Naturalist's Life 
Robert Foster, Nebulous Grandaflora 2011.jpg
Rohan Nicol Shades Pod (sunglass case), digital rendering
Emma Grace, Wearit Exhibition installation 

Felicity Peters 2 Rings 1988

Be part of Australia's history, save the past for a vibrant future.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft , 2012-14: Call for nominations

Third series 2012-14: Call for nominations

Craft Australia in conjunction with Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney, is calling for nominations to the Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft series for 2012 and 2014.

Living Treasures celebrates the achievements of Australia's iconic and influential crafts practitioners and is designed to promote the work of Australian artists whose exemplary craft skills have been recognised by their peers.

New biennial series
From 2011, Living Treasures will have an expanded new format as a biennial series, held every two years.  Object Gallery will present an exhibition by the recognised Living Treasures in 2012 and 2014. 
The Living Treasures exhibitions will be complemented in the alternate years with a group exhibition that explores a traditional craft medium: 2011, 2013 and 2015 will explore clay, wood and textiles respectively.
Both recipients of Living Treasure - Master of Australian Craft in 2012 and 2014 will be honoured with a national touring exhibition and a major monograph publication.

The deadline for nominations, including all supporting documentation,
 is 11 May 2011. 

Nomination Form can be downloaded here.

For further Information please contact:
Belinda Jessup
Craft Australia
T: (02) 6273 0088


Image: Jeff Mincham, Home of the Curlew 2009, large elliptical form multiglazed midfire, 62x50x18cm,  Photographer Grant Hancock

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vicki Halper visits Strathnairn Arts, Canberra

Vicki Halper visited Strathnairn Arts today with Catrina Vignando General Manager of Craft Australia  to see the exhibition:  

Itarra murrakipinni-ingingaminni purrarpulirri.
Ngura kutjara - wangka mantanguru (two communities - the language of clay)
Ceramics by Tiwi artist Robert Puruntatameri and Ernabella Artists, featuring Alison (Milyika) Carroll, Carol (Anilyuru) Williams and Malpiya (Irpintiri) Davey

9th April to 8th May 2011

Image 1 and 2 Vicki Halper in the Strathnairn gallery 
Image 3 Catrina Vignando (left) and Vicki Halper in the Stathnairn Gallery 
Image 4 Catrina Vignando in the Strathnairn gallery 
Photographer Belinda Jessup 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Come to Craft ACT's City of Design Talkfest

City of design talkfest
A Designing a Capital: Crafting a City event
8 April 2011
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre


Come to Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's  Designing a Capital: Crafting a City program, disscussing the role of craft and design in Canberra in building creative capital and ways forward for the 21st Century.


When:1.00pm - 3.30pm Friday  8 April 2011
Where:Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
 1st Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra   ACT

For more details:
Designing a Capital Crafting a City
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

Related links
Choosing Craft
Craft Australia

See Vicki Halper in Canberra at The Australian National University

DesignPlan ACT: a conversation about design education
A Designing a Capital: Crafting a City event

Thursday 7 April 2011
When:1.00pm - 2.00pm 
Where:ANU School of Art, Lecture Theater, Childers Street, Acton
Session 1: 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.
RSVP to ANU School of Art on (02) 6125 5810 or email gilbert.riedelbauch[at]
When:2.30pm - 5.00pm 
Where:ANU School of Art, Lecture Theater, Childers Street, Acton
Session 2: Following the keynote address will be an afternoon of talks and presentations from leaders in their field that explore changes in design education. With a particular focus on activities in the ACT, this symposium will present you with the current view of designers, makers and educators who actively inform this discussion. This session will allow you to gain an insight into design education locally, interstate and overseas. Finishing with a Q&A session, you will be able to engage with the expertise of this panel.
Chair: Catrina Vignando, General Manager, Craft Australia
  • Dr Andrew Welch, Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
  • Gilbert Riedelbauch, Head of Core Studies, Design Arts Coordinator, School of Art, Australian National University
  • Dr Eugenie Keefer Bell, Associate Professor of Architecture, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
  • Fiona Dace-Lynn, Education Program Manager, Environmental Design and Graphic Arts, Canberra Institute of Technology
RSVP to ANU School of Art on (02) 6125 5810 or email gilbert.riedelbauch[at]
When:6.00pm - 8.00pm 
Where:ANU School of Art Gallery 
What:Exhibition opening - Japanese Design Today 100 and EXPANSION
Japanese Design Today 100
ANU School of Art Gallery
The design of household items acts as a mirror that reflects our life style. This exhibition introduces 92 designs for household items that were produced during the 1990s, and 13 others, in which we see the roots of contemporary design, from the postwar Japan of the 1950s.
EXPANSION   Margo Lewers
ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery
The Australian National University ANU School of Art welcomes the opportunity to present an exhibition tribute to prominent Australian abstract artist Margo Lewers (1908- 1978). The exhibition focuses attention on the artist's mosaics and related work and the restoration of her large public art commission at the Canberra Rex Hotel, mosaic mural Expansion, completed in 1960.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Call for Tales of Adventure

What are your thoughts on sustainability?

Craft Australia is interested to know how you are tackling sustainability in your practice and we would love to publish your Tale of Adventure on this subject.

If you would like to contribute ideas or have an experience you would like to share on the Craft Australia website then, please email the editor with your proposal.

Here are some published Tales of Adventures 

Arafura Dreaming - A Residency in Darwin
by Louise Fulton, a ceramicist based in the Northern Rivers area of NSW

From the Jamfactory 
By Danielle Rickaby, Glass Artist and second year Trainee at the JamFactory.

Vicki Halper visits Metalab studio and gallery

Vicki Halper visited Metalab Gallery Sydney on Saturday 2nd April 2011.

Metalab studio and gallery

Image credits from top
Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Vicki Halper and Nina Cueva
Cinnamon Lee, Vicki Halper and Nina Cueva
Gallery view with  Nina Cueva and Vicki Halper, with Bad Beasts Do Not Harm Me - Karla Way & Natalia Milosz Piekarska exhibition in the foreground
Vicki Halper and Nina Cueva
Photographer Daniel Narvaez