heads up on the radio...
Yes people its that time again - we'll be talking all things craft this morning on the RRR's Grapevine. While we've been elbow deep in the porcelain pit there's been a lot happening in the craftiverse. Pop up shows, new courses, upskilling workshops and venues as well as some pretty exciting new opportunities. Ramona will be back in the chair tomorrow (YAY!) and reporting on her trip to the lost trades fair at Kyneton and recent adventures in latch-hook, while I'll be waxing lyrical about our latest forays into the world of pot making. We're nothing if not busy beavers.
OPENING THIS WEEK:
Hand to Mouth - show of the week and only on this week. Anna Varendorff and Eugene Howard have a super short term show opening this week at Mr. Kitly's new digs. Both these makers are masters of clean clever understated style that speaks volumes despite its quiet styling. We're super exited about this one. Opens this Friday the 21st and closes on the 30th.
Artificial Selection - the new show by weaving wunderkind and HML pin up John Brooks also opens this week. Textile lovers beware... we cannot advise you strongly enough to get in quick and snap up some of Johns work. This guy is going to go global. Fast. Opens this wednesday the 19th at 6pm at North Melbourne's Rubicon Ari.
Botanical Calamity - Another great show opening this week (thursday March 20 at 6pm) is this new exhibition of botanically inspired two dimensional works by making multi-taskers Peaches and Keen at Modern Times. The works contained showcase their deft brush skills and keen eye for colour, two trademark elements of their growing collection of work. (and apologies to Lauren Bamford for pinching her brilliant portrait of the two lovely ladies). More info here. on until April 3.
Pukulpa Pots - Highly anticipated, this exhibition of ceramics produced by the Anangu women of the Iwantja Arts Centre (based in the central desert community of Indulkana) is being presented in collaboration with Mr.Kitly and pot head ceramicist Kim Jaegar the exhibition. Opening Friday April 4 until April 26 and representing the kind of mark making, sturdy forms and bold use of colour the community is known for, the work looks mind blowing. We're calling this early as a definite must see.
selected works by Fresh 2014 exhibitors Elise Sheehan (above) and Annie Gobel (below)
FRESH! at Craft - the annual showcase of the best graduate work returns to Craft in a new time slot this April. Twelve emerging artists have been selected this year, and the sneak peeks we seen of the works so far have us very excited about this years crop. We've both done our turns on the selection committee and know just how challenging and exciting the selection process is, especially given how much amazing new talent is out there . An annual pilgrimage for the ladies and highly recommended for anyone interested in looking at the future of contemporary craft. Opens at Craft on Thursday April 17 on until June 1. More info here.
ArtPlay - One of our favourite spaces in Melbourne, ArtPlay is currently looking for expressions of Interest for their New Ideas Lab - and is offering between $5K and $15K to support projects - BONUS!!! the first info night takes place this wednesday the 19th. Applications close on Friday April 4, click here for more details.
New Craft @ Queen Vic - dont get left behind - today is the LAST DAY you can apply for the first instalment of stalls at the new monthly Craft market at Queen Victoria Market being run by Craft Victoria. (that's a lot of Craft and Victoria's in one sentence!) This event is going to get bigger and bigger, especially with the activity attached to the new heritage development of the market 'precinct'. Easy online application here. Get in on the ground floor and book yourself a stall.
International Craft - dinner and show. A new networking initiative by Craft is putting makers and industry leaders together in a uniquely intimate setting. The first of what will be a series of events for mid-career makers features fine food, good company and expert insights from two of Australia's most outstanding ceramicists - Robin Best and Kris Coad. Taking place between 6:30 and 9pm on March 27, seats are limited, find out more or book here.
Pattern Play at Harvest Textiles - given everyone's current obsession with all things memphis related this textile pattern play workshop at Harvest should be just the thing to get future patternista's on their way to printed success. On this Saturday the 22nd and again at the start of April... get in quick and get inspired. more information and bookings here .
Find yourself at NC4 - Anyone interested in making their own jewellery or accessories should take advantage of this fantastic day long workshop. Learning to make your own findings is a guaranteed way of elevating your work and opening your eyes to new creative possibilities. Even we're seriously considering taking a seat at the bench for this one. April 5. more details here.
Mood Indigo - after two sell out sessions Vic Pemberton of Bind and Fold is holding her third indigo dying workshop in pascoe Vale in April. This is a day long course out in the open, loads of fun and very informative. We had loads of people asking about this course after we'd done it so if you're feeling blue get on board, bound to sell out fast (see what I did there...) more information and bookings here.
Jeebus, that's a load of crafting. BECK