Wednesday, March 13, 2019

craft+design enquiry Journals

Craft Australia created the online journal craft+design enquiry before it was defunded by the then Australia Council. These journals are still available free online with papers covering making, sustainability and migratory practices to name a few. There are 7 issues that can be down loaded free or can be printed on demand at a reasonable cost.

Cover image: Urban Metabolism Series, Melbourne, 2009, referenced in the paper ‘Jewellery, the urban milieu and emergence’, by Jacqui Chan. Cover of issue 5, edited by Suzie Attwill.
Photograph: Jacqui Chan

craft + design enquiry
 is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal promoting and disseminating research excellence generated by and about the craft and design sector. craft + design enquiry
 investigates the contribution that contemporary craft and design makes to society, establishing a dialogue between craft and design practice and cultural, social and environmental concerns. It includes submissions from across the field of craft and design from artists and practitioners, curators, historians, art and cultural theorists, educationalists, museum professionals, philosophers, scientists and others with a stake in the future developments of craft and design. Free online Journals

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The delight of embroidery now 2018 Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale

Famory Workshop
In 2018 I travelled to China for the inaugural 2018 Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale, launched in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province. It was an important event supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China with many local and national government, cultural and industry figures attending.
Valerie Kir
There was a grand opening ceremony with the golden glitter of the “long bar” ritual, symposium, formal dinners, exhibitions and workshop visits. The exhibitions featured works under three topics, “Life & Fashion”, “Inheritance & Rejuvenation”, and “Integration & Transcendence”, and they continued until January 5 2019. Over 300 designers from 13 countries, including China, Australia (Valerie Kirk, Ema Shin, Sera Waters and Jane Theau), Poland, Denmark, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, USA, Norway, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland were represented.
Read Full Article GARLAND Magazine
Garland is a platform for thoughtful writing about beautiful objects made today across the Indo-Pacific. Launched in 2015, Garland is produced by the World Crafts Council – Australia, a national entity of the World Crafts Council – Asia Pacific
Garland Magazine

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tree Project - Thread Bearing Witness

Thread Bearing Witness, Photographer Liz Perry

For those who participated in the Thread Bearing Witness project, Liz Perry was in Manchester and saw the finished community art work facilitated by Alice Kettle.
Several Networks members joined a stitching event at National Arboretum last year in February to contribute to it.
A wonderful result! 
Read more about Thread bearing Witness project  
The Whitworth 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Textile Residencies

Textílsetur Íslands, or in English: The Icelandic Textile Center is situated in the scenic seaside Northwestern town of Blönduós. Textílsetur aims to promote or develop Icelandic and international textiles and to encourage research as well as education in the field of textile art and design. The Textílsetur Residency provides visiting students, scholars, and artists with working spaces to conduct their artistic practice, research, and study-trips within textiles.

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Hurleyville Maker’s Lab Artist Residency Program - Ongoing

Disciplines: Animation, Architecture, Art Education, Ceramics, Community, Crafts & Trades, Dance, Design, Digital, Experimental, Film & Video, Installation, Media Arts, Music & Sound, Pedagogy, Performance, Photography, Science, Sculpture, Technology, Textile, Theater, Visual Arts.
Location: Hurleyville, New York, United States
Duration: 1 to 3 months

Textile Arts Center's Artist in Residence (TAC AIR) program equips emerging artists and designers with resources and skills to better articulate their practices and contribute to their communities. Situated at the intersection of a studio residency and an academic program, TAC AIR combines studio access with a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, regular critical dialogue and mentorship. The residency culminates in a group exhibition hosted by TAC together with a partner gallery, which showcases and promotes residents’ work at both a regional and national level through additional catalogue materials. Since 2010, AIR has graduated over fifty artists and designers whose work is now galvanizing the fashion, fine arts, and design industries. Our alumni are involved in a broad range of arts activities, including arts education, women’s international development, social activism, fashion and tech entrepreneurship, fine arts, regional makers movements and local community development initiatives. 

Meet the artists in AIR Cycle 10 (October 2018 - June 2019)

​ Learn more about the AIR program + application process



Sturt Craft Centre invites applications from experienced craft practitioners to the Sturt Artist-in-Residence program.  Residencies occur in the craft disciplines of ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Four to six residencies occur at Sturt each year.
Sturt encourages small scale production and individually designed work which may be promoted through Sturt Gallery. 
Each year professional residencies may be awarded specifically to develop a body of work which can be produced and made, at Sturt, during the Residency time.
Sturt sees the residency program as an important adjunct to its overall aim of providing support for Australian contemporary craft and design through a program of teaching, retail, exhibition and residencies. The emphasis of the residency program will be to support craftspeople and designer-makers who are sympathetic to this philosophy.
Three categories of residency are available:
• Professional Residency
• Self Directed Residency
• Graduate Residency

Public Art Opportunities

Departed 2016, Yandell Walton, Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Wollundry Lagoon. Photo credit Andrew Hagan

Performance/Installation/Ephemeral work for the event Date Night (up to $10,000)

Creative proposals are sought by artists willing to enliven the event Date Night, on the evening of February 14, 2019.
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NightLights Projection Commission and Lab ($20,000)

Wagga Wagga City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from leading Australian digital projection artists for a two week residency in Wagga Wagga.
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BrightLights Projection Commission and Workshop ($10,000)

Wagga Wagga City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from leading Australian digital projection artists for an exciting youth projection program, BrightLights.
Applications can be submitted until 12pm EST, Monday 7 January 2019.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Meet Monique van Nieuwland

Monique van Nieuwland

Monique van Nieuwland (Netherlands, Australia since 1982) is an artist-weaver-designer. She teaches weaving at a tertiary and at community level. She uses a countermarch treadle loom, a computer dobby loom and a computer-operated TC2 Jacquard loom.
Monique describes herself as a ‘weaving omnivore’. She weaves to create conceptual work for exhibition, but also loves the challenge of answering commission briefs and creating practical items. Her conceptual work focuses on the environment and our human existence within it.

Anni Albers exhibition

Annie Albers at TATE Modern 

"Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art"
A long overdue recognition of Anni Albers's pivotal contribution to modern art and design, this is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

At TATE Modern