Survey shows a need for critical writing about craft - The results of our survey are out. Many pleaded for critical writing, perceiving that many publications about craft are simply promotional. Overall, the comments reflected the absence of publication about craft currently.
Speaking up for voicelessness – new works by Olivia Pintos Lopez - The Prosopopoeias (Counihan Gallery, 23 January - 15 February, 2015) by Olivia Pintos-Lopez is an intriguing installation of enigmatic figures made from a combination of cast resin, metal armature, cotton, kid leather, linen, muslin, antique lace, wool embroidery, brocade, buttons, beads, coral, teeth, bone, feather, metal, seeds, shell, stick, gold leaf, cloves, lavender, photographs, thread. Word by Sarah Tomasetti.
A new craft magazine? - You are invited to complete a survey for feedback about a new craft and design magazine based in Australia. 2015 is the final year of the National Craft Initiative, which is a process managed by National Association of the Visual Arts to review the sector after the de-funding of Craft Australia. This would be a perfect moment to launch a new magazine that expresses confidence in the sector and provides a platform for ongoing dialogue.
Mapuche stories woven into QR codes - In New Territories, Guillermo Bert displays his work with Mapuche weavers from his country of origin. His 2012 work Redemption is produced collaboratively with the weaver Anita Paillamil. It features a QR-Code that links to a Mapuche myth
Victorian makers follow a pattern - Humphrey Poland is a legendary Melbourne builder and designer. To coincide with the Great Victorian Bike Ride, Poland curated an exhibition titled Multiples which brought to Mohyu an established and upcoming generation of artists.
Kindness of strangers at the World Crafts Council Golden Jubilee - Vicki Mason attempts to distil her experience of attending (as an exhibitor) the World Crafts Council 50th Golden Jubilee Summit, held in Dongyang China, (18–22 October, 2014)
Primitivism without the primitive - Place and Adornment by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray was recently reviewed by Grace Cochrane for Art Jewelry Forum. She questioned the use of 'primitivism'. But there is a case for the positive use of the term, particularly in post-colonial cultures like Australia and New Zealand.
Place and Adornment – the jewel in the antipodes crown - The story of contemporary jewellery in Australasia demonstrates that it is possible to develop an art form far from the transatlantic centres. While work from here certainly features strongly in Munich, it also has its own distinct frame of reference.
Is That All There Is? A talk about exhibiting ceramics - Should we expect more from an exhibition of ceramics than just the presentation of crafted objects? A review of recent displays of ceramics in art galleries.
What do we make of Australia? - image At the same time that the long-awaited NAVA National Craft Initiative report was released, the US Whitehouse hosted its first Maker Faire. It makes an interesting comparison. With the de-funding of Craft Australia, the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council directed the money saved to NAVA, who were charged with writing a report … Continue reading What do we make of Australia?