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.
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?
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 … Continue reading The view on craft from the West–for Form’s sake
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 … Continue reading Gravity–the GFC comes down to earth