Real to Reel adds more dates to its Australian tour

‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ is touring Australia with more dates being announced…

The next screening will be on Friday 1 November 2019 in Cowra (NSW), hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery and showing at Cowra Civic Centre Theatrette. Here’s the ticketing link and see our Tour Listing for more details.

It’s really empowering to see, in our second year hosting this short film festival about craft, that interest is growing – we’ve had several enquiries from regional centres and craftspeople about hosting a screening of the 33 films. As a result we are looking forward to announcing more dates soon – likely in Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales and regional WA.

If you are interested in hosting a screening – let us know ASAP, as time will run out in March 2020 for this international selection.

The Makers’ Short Film Festival 2020 – an Australian selection of films about craft and makers.

We’ve said it out loud, so we are now charged with compiling an Australian film festival about craft in 2020. The UK Crafts Council is taking a break, so we’ve hopped into the gap and decided to give a platform to some of the amazing films we know are out there about makers in Oz. We will announce the call-out for submissions soon – so subscribe to our newsletter for first info.

Until then – and as it’s suddenly winter again out there – keep making!

ABC Arts – Ed Ayres interviews Justine Bonenfant

Justine Bonenfant shares some of her experiences as a couture embroiderer working for international designers and celebrities with Ed Ayres on The Art Show on Radio National.

We are delighted to host Justine in Perth to deliver Hand & Lock‘s introductory classes in some haute couture embroidery techniques.

You can download and listen to Justine at your leisure, using the link on the ABC website.

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-art-show/justine-bonenfant/11371352

We are currently on the second day of a Hand & Lock Goldwork class with Justine, at the Midland Junction Arts Centre, on the outskirts of Perth. It is a delight to learn from such an experienced teacher and along the way to hear tales of couture ateliers, designers, celebrities – as well as Justine’s international life, living between, London, Chennai and Lille, her hometown.

This weekend* Justine will teach a three-day class in Tambour Beading at Calico & Ivy in Mosman Park (Perth). It is another exacting technique, not often taught outside the ateliers, such as The Lesage School in Paris. However, Hand & Lock London run a variety of classes and with whom we are delighted to collaborate to deliver classes in Western Australia.

Achieving skill in Goldwork and Tambour Beading requires hours of practice, but the basics can be taught in two-three days as an introduction only. Both involve significant set up of your base fabric on stretch frames, to set a good foundation for your detailed work.

Selected students from Edith Cowan University, North Metro TAFE and South Metro TAFE have been able to enjoy Maker&Smith sponsored places to extend their skills and to augment their final year collections. Congratulations to those students: Orli, Bridie, Jill and Jess. We wish you all the best.

If you are keen to learn such techniques as delivered in this year’s Maker & Smith masterclasses – let us know.

*Sat 10, Sun 11, Mon 12 August 2019

Rare embroidery skills to be taught in Perth

Justine Bonenfant will join us in August to deliver extraordinary workshops in Goldwork and Tambour Beading. She ordinarily works at the Hand and Lock atelier in London where the British Royal Family and many eminent fashion designers commission embroidery projects of the highest calibre.

We are delighted to partner with Calico & Ivy in Mosman Park and Midland Junction Arts Centre to host these amazing workshops.

About Justine

Justine Bonenfant, originally from northern France, is an embellishment designer and embroidery artisan. Following a fashion degree at Esmod International, Justine assisted designers in Marrakech and London. Whilst researching fabric in Milan and Paris she developed a fascination with handcrafted textiles. This led her to the prestigious Lesage School in Paris to improve her knowledge in hand embroidery, from Luneville to silk-shading. In 2010 Justine received the QEST Broderers’ Company grant enabling her to follow a six-month apprenticeship at traditional embroidery company Hand & Lock.

At Hand & Lock she mastered the couture embroidery technique Tambour Beading, the traditional ceremonial embroidery technique of Goldwork and monogramming. She is now one of the highly skilled teachers at Hand & Lock specialising in these techniques. Through her work, Justine experiments to translate these timeless embroidery techniques into contemporary design, for example combining plastic with precious gold.  Justine has also worked with luxury design houses, including Ralph & Russo and Jasper Conran.

About Hand & Lock

Hand & Lock has produced the world’s finest embroidery since 1767. Their clients include the Royal Family, the forces, international fashion houses, emerging designers, interior designers, PR companies and costume designers for theatre, film, and television.

INFO & BOOKINGS

Please go to our event listing for dates and how to book.

Real to Reel returns to Perth and tours to Sydney and Melbourne

Craft on Screen! The international film festival with a difference is back again in Perth.  Real to Reel celebrates the diversity of craft, materials and makers in 33 short films shown across two screenings.

We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Crafts Council UK to again host ‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ in Australia.

The festival is a unique opportunity to witness craft in action and the narratives, passion and skill inherent in the creation of works. It provides a global perspective and again, the programme unites some unusual and perhaps unexpected tales of making – from miniatures, to replica birds’ eggs, to a human powered bakery – along with animations that bring to life fibre, wool, clay and found objects.

This year we are stoked that three films in the international selection are from Australia – featuring Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ animations and the working life of WA woodturner Neil Turner, filmed by Fremantle-based Rae Fallon.

To find dates and info, read more and more importantly buy tickets (please), via our Event Page: Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2019.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine.

Why we run workshops

At Maker&Smith we set out to inject energy into the craft sector, here, in Western Australia. As well as bringing in skilled makers from overseas to share techniques and networks, we also run workshops and talks delivered by local makers and smiths.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time lately with the good people of Joondalup (a suburb in the north of Perth, WA), thanks to the ‘Adorn program‘, which we contributed to. As we developed a short program of talks and workshops to complement an exhibition of the members of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of WA, we had the good fortune of getting to know local studio jewellers and smiths. So much so that I’m confident we can say many are now our best friends!
[Image above left to right: Claire Townsend, Katherine Kalaf, Sarah Elson, Alister Yiap, Susannah Kings-Lynne,  Melissa Cameron, Bethamy Linton.]

Adorn Workshops

Last weekend Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson delivered workshops on Enamelling and Cuttlebone Casting. We feel very strongly about the power of workshops like these to instil an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to be a skilled maker.

Years in the Making

Years in the making, these artisans are artists as well as makers and teachers – their design training, creative concepts and personal narratives combine with their knowledge of materials and techniques to take their work to a high level. It becomes apparent as participants delve into the basics of these techniques in a 6-hour workshop how hard it is to perfect skills and also the endless possibilities of materials, and their limitations. Making mistakes and failing repeatedly make for good learning. In that short time you realise the long hours, dedication and resilience it must take to be an accomplished maker.
Both Claire and Sarah are also professional teachers. Beyond their art, craft & design training, they’ve been teaching at a tertiary level for over 25 years, each. They have also perfected how best to impart the basics in 6 hours! Not everyone can do this; we get that.

Sadly, the degree and certificate courses that Claire & Sarah taught are gradually being cut from our education systems. The times are changing. The depth and rigour of the design, creative and technical skills that we once had access to, are becoming hard to find in the institutions. We watch and wait to see how this will affect the quality of skills and products in our region. (More on this at our Craft Conversations.)

Rigorous Education

Sadly, the degree and certificate courses that Claire & Sarah taught are gradually being cut from our education systems. The times are changing. The depth and rigour of the design, creative and technical skills that we once had access to, are becoming hard to find in the institutions. We watch and wait to see how this will affect the quality of skills and products in our region. (More on this at our Craft Conversations.)

Our Pledge to You

As well as workshops – we know the power of films, talks, demonstrations and open studios too (… to promote a wider understanding of the many years it takes to not only be proficient but to be an outstanding maker.)

We pledge to do our best to engage experienced teachers and accomplished makers. And we hope that in this small way we can generate better skills and greater appreciation of craftspeople.
We are so full of ideas for our program! If only time and budgets can make it all possible.
Soon we will announce our Winter Program – which we are certainly excited about and we hope you will be too.
We love to hear from you about your ideas, so talk to us.

Melissa Cameron: 1.1.2017

Meet Melissa Cameron and learn more about her contemporary jewellery practice at the Adorn: Contemporary Craft Conversations on Sunday 24 March 2019.

Melissa won the 2017 Raphael Prize and the film by Michael Pisano (Pisano Films) gives you a hint as to some of what Melissa will share with us on Sunday 24 March in Joondalup. She will describe a lot more to do with technique, materials and the complementary inter-activities that emboldened this series of work:

“Cameron’s winning artwork “1.1.2017” catalogues one day of gun violence in the USA. A total of 62 fatal gun incidents happened in 55 places throughout the U.S. on January 1, 2017 with 66 guns involved and 73 people impacted.”

YouTube link to film: https://youtu.be/04qzKouZCO8

Featured: Melissa Cameron, GUN. Art work by Melissa Cameron, depicting through the motifs used and numerical data, the 2012 Sandy Hook mass-murder perpetrated by Adam Lanza.

DRIVEN TO ADORN – FORUM & WORKSHOPS

 

Jewellery has adorned the human body since time immemorial. It has fascinated us, bewitched us, caused murder and mayhem. We have coveted it. Over the ages jewellery has had many purposes beyond just ornament; as talismans, symbols of faith, tokens of love and esteem, trade guarantees and denoting status and authority.

Join us for a day of conversations about contemporary craft, jewellery and object making on Sunday 24 March 2019 at the City of Joondalup, and for workshops delivered by Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March respectively. (Registrations open from 4 February 2019.)

We are delighted to partner with the City of Joondalup in the presentation of a public program to complement the JMGA-WA (Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, WA) exhibition ‘ADORN‘ to be held at Joondalup Art Gallery 18 March-12 April 2019.

It has been a pleasure to connect with this group of makers over the last few months and to explore their motivations, plans and challenges, in preparation for this program.

DRIVEN TO ADORN – a forum for craft conversations

Pitching at the right level

Eminent jeweller and gallerist Katherine Kalaf will make a special presentation at the ADORN forum about her experience representing international and Australian jewellers and makers in her Cottesloe gallery, as well an insight into her incredible archive.

6X6: Six Slides for Six Minutes,
followed by a conversation about craft futures in WA.

Six contemporary jewellers and smiths will regale us with a snapshot of a particular area of their practice, prior to a panel discussion about future directions for the craft sector in WA.

Melissa Cameron recently returned to Perth after six years in Seattle. Melissa will share with us what she’s been up to and what she’s learnt on the other side of the pond.

Sarah Elson is this year’s recipient of the City of Joondalup Inside-Out Billboard Commission and a member of Art Collective WA. You may have seen her work in the City’s Community Invitation Art Award last year? After over 20 years teaching at Curtin, she’s embarking on a new stage in her career.

Susannah Kings-Lynne is one of the co-founders of Wayward Jewellers Society. Susannah hones in on the reality journey – after training and going it alone – or rather with a bunch of kindred spirits.

Bethamy Linton has generations of silversmithing in her blood. Bethamy provides insights into the historical progress of silverware and new ways of meeting the market.

Claire Townsend has over 20 years teaching experience and was instrumental in setting up Contemporary Metal with Philip Noakes. Claire is passionate about training and support for contemporary jewellers.

Alister Yiap works across a variety of design, art and making disciplines, from jewellery to sculpture. Alister is a well known face in the fashion and design world of WA; he balances award-winning creative work with ongoing teaching work at North Met TAFE.

ABOVE
Bracelet: Carlier Makigawa, sterling silver, 2003.
Neckpiece: Gillian Rainer, sterling silver, 2003.
Ring: Katherine Kalaf, 18ct yellow gold, amethyst and topaz, 2003.

Submit your short film for Real to Reel 2019!

We are continuing our adventure with short films about the diversity of craft in all its forms. And will again host ‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ in WA later this year – with tour dates across Australia too.

You can submit up to three short films to the Crafts Council UK that have been made since January 2016. Fees and terms apply. Read on for more details.

If you decide to submit your film, please let us know. We are eager to capture films created in our region for potential inclusion in other film festivals and events, so send us a link to your film/s.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is dedicated to craft and the moving image. Created by the Crafts Council UK, this will be its fourth rendition and continues its mission to highlight the sheer depth and scope of craft from around the globe.

SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED NOW!  ** DEADLINE 4 February 2019.

More details….

WHAT TYPE OF FILMS?
All genres are encouraged, from documentaries, to story-led films to animation: if your film explores making, skills and materials, in the broadest sense, the selection panel would like to see it. The Crafts Council UK is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity. Applications from currently under-represented groups in contemporary craft, including applicants with disabilities and minority ethnic backgrounds are encouraged.

Short films – up to 30 minutes in length – only.
Films must have been made after 1st January 2016.

FEES APPLY (IN BRITISH POUNDS)
The submission fees for up to three films are:
£40 | 7th Jan – 21 Jan 2019
(Today £10 = AU$18 approximately)

Final deadline is 4 February 2019.

More details

You will need to upload your film to a hosting service such as Vimeo, YouTube, Wistia, etc for the selection panel to view the film.

If your film’s original language is not English, it will only be accepted if submitted with English subtitles.

Your film must be your own work, and you should have obtained copyright or relevant permissions for all images and films used in your piece.

Filmmakers of productions selected for screening will be notified by Friday 8 March 2019 and will be required to submit a ProRes file on an NTFS-formatted USB or hard drive by Friday 15 March 2019.

In case of selection, the copyright holder automatically authorises The Crafts Council to screen the film during the London festival and for additional screenings in the UK and internationally to take place before May 2020 free of charge and to use publicity material about the author(s) and/or the film, as well as a clip of the production for promotional purposes through press and the internet. The clip may also be included on the Crafts Council website and tour host websites.

For more details on how to apply and the online application go to:

https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/opportunities/real-to-reel-the-craft-film-festival

Tom of Holland on ABC RN: The Hub on Art

Listen to Tom, interviewed by Eddie Ayres on Radio National’s The Hub on Art – Wed 8 Aug 2018.

Tom of Holland is a guest of Maker&Smith in Perth, Western Australia. Here to deliver workshops on a variety of visible mending techniques for knitting and fabric.

‘Skilled in techniques including crochet, knitting and sewing, Tom of Holland’s repair work highlights the relationship between garment and wearer that has developed over time, creating clothing that is as unique as the history that created it.’