The tag line for this years Design Made Trade event here in Melbourne is 'Meet the Designers Behind The Craft' which we couldn't be more thrilled about. Beck and her amazeballs gang of firecrackers at Craft Victoria blew everyone out of the water with last years studios and are sure to wow us all again this weekend.
A few years back we were all bemoaning the death of craft by the cruel robotic arm of design but what came to pass was the opposite - Craft reigns as more respect is given to the bespoke and handmade. Craft Victoria's strong presence there is impressive to say the least - but we'll tell you more about that tomorrow.
One of the things I love about DMT is the chance to discover and meet new makers from outside Victoria. Melbourne is such a Craft intense environment we can sometimes forget there are extraordinary makers all over the country who are producing beautiful work. We hope Canberra silversmith Alison Jackson is bringing some of her extraordinary hollow ware for us to drool over.
We'll also be really interested in seeing what the Jam Factory (Adelaide) bring over to showcase. Beck and I went on an Adelaide jaunt many moons ago and we were amazed at the variety and quality of work in SA.
Of course we all know what a strong reputation for craft the 'Design Island' of Tasmania has. I just have my fingers crossed they bring a crate of ceramics by the amazing Mairi Ward - I love her work and am in desperate need of a new mug (well no not really but you know what I mean)
Locally I am most interested to see the work of Thread Architecture. Designer Amber Lucy is doing things with neon rope, which I know is just 'so hot right now' but how good is the wrapped bentwood chair?
Design Made Trade is open to the public this weekend 10-5 at the Royal Exhibition Buildings. More on the Craft Victoria invasion tomorrow! RAMONA