21 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.
image_thumb.png 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-1 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 […]
image_thumb.png 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 […]
51EZ1YKDA2L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ 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 […]
cover A spatial understanding of craft practice - The new publication Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Lark) helps realise the vision that Damian Skinner brought to his role as editor for Art Jewelry Forum (until 2012). As a New Zealander, Skinner has argued forcefully about the need to open contemporary jewellery up to perspectives from non-European cultures. According to his view, while the movement […]
image_thumb-1 Time to put Australian craft production back on the plate - Series of hand-thrown bowls by Andrew Widdis Senator’s John Madigan and Nick Xenophon recently purchased a range of tableware made in Australia, by Robert Gordon Australia, for the Australian Parliament. “The situation is so dire that in order to get Australian-made goods into our Federal Parliament, Nick and I had to buy them ourselves.”[i] Though […]
clip_image003_thumb Jewellery for you, me and them - Participation and Exchange (Brisbane, 12-14 July 2013) was the 15th JMGA conference since 1980. 33 years of sustained dialogue around contemporary jewellery is a remarkable achievement for relatively small population on the other side of the world to the main centres. The relative lack of collectors compared to the USA and Europe means that artists […]
image_thumb (1) Designed by Apple in California, but where is it made? - I opened up The Age newspaper today (yes, the dead tree version), to find a double spread promoting ‘Designed by Apple in California’. Newspaper advertisement 1 July 2013 It’s the picture of divine innocence. A young girl lying in bed bathed in light from a tablet she holds above her. The accompanying text reflects on […]
A long and winding road through Rajasthan - Among a new generation of idealists in Kishangarh I was in Ahmedabad for ten days recently to work on the Make it New Again conference at National Institute of Design. In the enchanted city, we had a delirious range of master craftspeople, young entrepreneurs, adventurous designers, Aboriginal artists, and craft intellects gather to share ideas […]

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