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Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award

There is a distinctly competitive vibe in the craft universe this week. Well not really, who can be bothered with that nonsense? But there are a couple of shows that do have pots of gold (or at least sticky gold stars) to lure you in. Who are the best of the best? Who's work reigns supreme? Who makes these decisions anyway? It's all a matter of taste we think and we are certainly not ones to dictate that...

That being said if you want to really get a solid overview of the state of contemporary jewelry, the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the NGV:A is the perfect primer. These shows are always tricky but the curators have tried to go for a nice balance between big names (Susan Cohn, Masche Moje, Marcos Davidson) and emerging makers that are well on their way to being stars on the scene.

We know in our heart of hearts that there are a few people missing from the show (no we aren't going to name names) but given how many talented jewelers there are in this town alone, selectors were faced with an impossible task of shortlisting the show. We were heartened to see David Neale, Stephen Gallagher and Tiffany Parbs included. We can't get enough of their work.

Now why is it called the Design Awards and not the Craft Awards? Don't ask. It's like the elephant in the room. Don't let semantics get in the way of enjoying one of the highlights of the CRAFT calendar....

(image of Carlier Makigawa piece courtesy of the NGV)

Speaking of highlights we would be remiss (and in trouble) if we didn't remind you that this is Scarf Festival week at Craft Victoria. The launch takes place at BMW Edge Federation Square on Wednesday night at 6pm (there'll we be music and laughter and good times).
10 am Thursday the doors swing open at 31 Flinders Lane for the now famous Scarf Lane Market, workshops, forums, exhibitions and general mayhem. This annual event has become quite a ritual, many Melbournians purchase their scarf for the season to mark the occasion. Don't forget it's only on for three days so you better get in quick, blink and you'll miss it.

The hml team have had a sneak peak at this years entries and we can say without doubt that the quality, creativity and finish makes this lot the very best this event has ever seen. There you go folks, we can't give it a bigger plug than that.

Don't forget Spod at the City Library. Yes we will be banging on about it for another month. You'll be as spodded out as we are!




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