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.
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.
Looking through the blind spot - Jasmine Targett's innovate work in ceramics and glass investigates the ‘blind spot’ between nature and existence. Exploring the tension between perception and visibility, her work brings into focus the unseen, overlooked and unforeseeable in our anthropocene world.
The view on craft from the West–for Form’s sake - The Western Australian craft and design organisation Form has just released a publication New Narratives for Craft: Balancing Risk, Opportunity, Skill, Experimentation that seeks to chart a course for craft in the continent’s largest state. It’s a welcome addition to the nation’s discussion about the state of craft, reminding us how rare it is to […]
Gravity–the GFC comes down to earth - Warning serious spoilers ahead… Gravity not only promises the kind of thrill and spectacle we’ve experienced previously in films like Avatar and Matrix, it also evokes the lineage of serious metaphysical science fiction, as in Kubrick’s 2001 and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. While it is no doubt one of the best films coming out of Hollywood in […]
What to make of 2014 - Master batik artist Tony Dyer with a young Japanese textile student at the Semarang International Batik Festival in May 2013 One of the major events of 2014 will be the Golden Jubilee of the World Crafts Council, which will be held in Dongyan, China, 18-22 October. It will be very interesting to see how the […]
Farewell to Marea - Ex-Director of Crafts Council of Australia, Jane Burns, gave this tribute to Marea Gazzard, along with Cristine France and David Malouf. Marea A remarkable and most distinguished Australian. I had the privilege of working closely with her in the 1970s and 1980s when she was including national and international crafts organizational responsibilities among her huge […]