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 […]
Ruth Hadlow textile journey on 18 November - Unpacking my Library: Textile tales from West Timor an illustrated lecture about textiles & culture in West Timor by artist, writer & educator Dr Ruth Hadlow The University of Melbourne Harold White Theatre 757 Swanston St (near Gratton Street) – Rm:224 – Flr:2 (1st Floor) Enter via the external stairs next to the School of […]
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 […]
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 […]
On the other hand: Learnings from Kaivalam, the World Craft Summit, Chennai 2012 - Summary comments presented at Kaivalam Craft Summit, World Crafts Council General Assembly, Chennai 7-10 October 2012 Mrs Usha Krishna opening Kaivalam We’ve just shared three days of talks from extraordinary people from all corners of the world about the state of craft today. What have we learned? There have been some important proposals for us […]
No such thing as a free football–we need to defend ‘made in India’ - Headline from the Age newspaper in Grand Final week The iconic Australian football manufacturer Sherrin has been forced to withdraw its half a million footballs, after it was discovered they were sewn by poor children in India. With maximal impact, the scandal broke in Fairfax media at the beginning of Grand Final weekend. Despite safeguards […]

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