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- Grace Cochrane, Here by hand: 70 years of Sturt
by Grace Cochrane 8 November 2011
- The exhibition Here by hand: 70 years at Sturt, shown at the Sturt Gallery, Mittagong in October-November 2011, celebrated the 70th anniversary of this influential group of crafts workshops with works drawn by Sturt staff from its collection and archives. Following a foreword by Director of Sturt, Mark Viner, Grace Cochrane's catalogue essay explores Sturt's history and place within the Australian contemporary craft movement from its founding in 1941 by visionary educator, Winifred West. It also considers Sturt's continuing role in supporting Australian craftspeople and teachers through its workshops, classes, residencies, summer and winter schools, gallery and shop.
- Patrick Snelling, Textiles sensorial loop - 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial
by Patrick Snelling 8 November 2011
- As curator of the first Tamworth Textile Triennial, Patrick Snelling showcases the changing ideas and professional craftsmanship associated with contemporary textile practice in Australia. Snelling's curatorial direction included a focus on pattern, image-making, process and intermeshing. His aim is to promote textile making, working with hands and related tools while also promoting textiles as a collaborative, contemporary practice, which is influencing other disciplines. The sensorial loop references the idea that 'the end of which is connected to the beginning'. It references the expressive and physical loop of know-how, ideas and memory and processes.
- Lindie Ward, Love Lace Not War - Positive spaces, review
by Lindie Ward 28 September 2011
- Love Lace Not War is part of the Powerhouse Museum's International Lace Award. In 2011, the exhibition features two and three dimensional and virtual works from installation, screens and sculptures; textiles, wall hangings and lighting; to fashion, fashion accessories and jewellery - all defined as lace. Lindie Ward, curator discusses finalists' work - chosesn for their visual impact, originality and creativity, innovation in design, materials or techniques and skill in execution. Winning works include a life-size crocheted car engine and a gigantic aerial net installation.
- Kirsten Fitzpatrick, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor - 100 women jewellers
by Kirsten Fitzpatrick 28 September 2011
- The artisan exhibition Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor (October - November 2011), celebrating 100 years of International Women's Day, provides a departure point for 100 women jewellers to make brooches in response to the achievements of 100 Australian women in every profession imaginable - from bishop to soldier, bullocky to lawyer. The exhibition curator, Kirstan Fitzpatrick, discusses how traditional gold-smithing, as a guild trade with women practitioners since the Middle Ages, has both had a long association with social commentary and also undergone a radical reworking by Australian women jewellers.
- Dorothy Erickson, Inspired brooches for inspired women - 100 years 100 women 100 brooches
by Dorothy Erickson 28 September 2011
- To celebrate the centenary of International Women's Day, artisan in Brisbane commissioned jeweller and historian Dorothy Erickson to identify and select one hundred remarkable Australian women in order to commission one hundred brooches by one hundred women jewellers. The exhibition Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor features 100 stories of great Australian women who have broken the barriers in arts, sciences, humanities and sports and, the 100 brooches made in response to these stories. Erickson surveys the challenge of selection and records the inspiration of the women jewellers in their creation of brooches as a response to these remarkable women.
- Diana Wood Conroy, Solvig Baas Becking - A sense of infinite order
by Diana Wood Conroy 24 May 2011
- Solvig Baas Becking (1928 - 2011) was trained as a production weaver at Ekeby on the Norwegian border, knowing every part of the loom and thinking in terms of structure. Leaving post-war Europe to establish and develop the complex skills of weaving construction in Australia, Solvig arrived at a design process out of the technique and form of the weave. Solvig has left us with an undercurrent of honouring these significant skills. Craft Australia publishes Diana Wood Conroy's catalogue essay for Solvig Baas Becking's retrespective at Goulburn Regional Gallery, 1994.
- Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass
by Megan Bottari 15 April 2010
- Curator Megan Bottari's catalogue essay from the exhibition Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass featuring work by contemporary Australian artist's Timothy Horn , Deb Jones, Nicholas Folland , Neil Roberts, Trish Roan, Ian Mowbray, Jacqueline Gropp and Tom Moore.
- Mind and Matter
by Margot Osborne 15 April 2010
- Mind and Matter curated by Margot Osborne features glass works by Australian artists Masahiro Asaka, Gabriella Bisetto, Brian Corr, Mel Douglas, Deb Jones, Jessica Loughlin, Janice Vitkovsky and Richard Whiteley who share a minimalist and abstract sensibility.
- Towers of glass
by Merryn Gates 4 April 2009
- Merryn Gates speaks with Canberra-based glass artist Liz Kelly about her current work and research preoccupations which ignore the proverb: don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house.
- Margie West, Strings Through the Heart: the proliferation of coiling across Australia
by Margie West 23 February 2009
- Artback NT Arts Trouring presents the major touring exhibition ReCoil: Change & Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art curated by Margie West. West's catalogue essay highlights the history of the coiling technique in Australia, its movement across Australia to the introduction of dyes and its revival in contemporary Indigenous craft practice.
- From Darkness to Light
by Alan Watt 29 October 2008
- "Hiroe Swen has long been regarded as one of Australia's foremost ceramic artist", writes Alan Watt in the catalogue essay for her current exhibition, From Darkness to Light. The exhibition comes after a period of 'deep sorrow and emotional turmoil' in Hiroe's life and the work reflects this deep, emotional connection with oneself.
- ConVerge: a national perspective
by Grace Cochrane 29 August 2006
- The exhibition, ConVerge, is the culmination of three years of planning by artists/curators - Geoff Crispin and Bob Connery, and Cath Fogarty at Arts Northern Rivers. The exhibition was opened in association with Verge: 11th National Ceramics conference in 2006 and travelled to fourteen galleries across Queensland and New South Wales. The catalogue essay by Grace Cochrane is republished by Craft Australia.
- Thanakupi - a gatherers view
by Eliza Cole 30 June 2006
- The exhibition Thanakupi: a gatherer's view, curated by Eliza Cole, was presented by Craft Queensland in association with Verge: 11th National Ceramics Conference held in Brisbane in 2006. Excerpts from the catalogue essay are republished by Craft Australia.
- The Cutting Edge - cut and engraved glass
by Geoffrey Edwards 30 October 2005
- The The Cutting Edge was developed in 2005 as a travelling exhibition by the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and draws on works from their stunning National Art Glass Collection.The catalogue essay by Geoffrey Edwards is republished by Craft Australia.
- Suzie Attiwill, A matter of time - Tamworth textile curatorial essay
by Suzie Attiwill 29 March 2005
- The Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, presented by the Tamworth Regional Gallery, is an on-going contribution to and stimulation of debate about the diverse nature of contemporary fibre textile practice in Australia. The 16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial a matter of time catalogue essay by Suzie Attiwill is republished by Craft Australia.
- Luminous Surface - Under a Southern Light
by Stephen Bowers 8 December 2004
- Luminous Surface - Under a Southern Light was exhibited at SOFA Chicago in 2004. The exhibition was managed by the JamFactory as part of the International Craft Initiative program which promotes Australian contemporary craft and design internationally. The catalogue essay by Stephen Bowers is republished by Craft Australia.