Reading + Listening + Learning + Watching

Some craft and inspiration links

During your ‘COVID-19 Residency’, you might enjoy some of these articles, podcasts, videos and online courses in the list of links below.  It’s an unashamedly random collection.  Some fun, some inspiring, not exactly ‘pd’* and certainly not paid endorsements! Scroll down for podcasts, online tutorials, and access to the world’s archives…
(*A ‘Useful Craft Resources’ page is coming soon.)

We’ll keep adding to this, so please share your links too, by commenting below or emailing us.

Reading

  • Coronavirus offers “a blank page for a new beginning” : The coronavirus epidemic will lead to “a global recession of a magnitude that has not been experienced before” but will eventually allow humanity to reset its values, according to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort. See also podcast of interview with Li below.
  • What is Crafts Role in a Fast Changing World: Crafts Council UK: a discussion about the issues fuelling craftspeople today, from gender politics to migration.
  • American Craft Inquiry, Volume 2, Issue 2  : Read the online magazine. Full of fantastic visuals and in-depth writing.
  • Garland Magazine: thoughtful articles about beautiful objects made today across the Indo-Pacific; produced by the World Crafts Council – Australia. Explore some of the 877 stories on the platform!
  • The Australian Ceramics Association offers a digital archive of the first 56 years of its Journal publication to everyone, FREE! Browse over 150 issues full of articles, technical information on glazes and kilns, in-depth profiles and critical opinions on Australian ceramics.

Listening

Time Sensitive features candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time. Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort on Why Doing Less Is More

Soul Traders podcast: two West Australian chicks’ new podcast about working as a creative freelancer. It’s just started but we know it will be gold. Photographer Bo Wong & writer Amy Snoekstra. (This link is to Spotify but also available on other pod platforms.)

Web TV

Craft America – various episodes:  Artists explore issues of gender, race, culture and place, offering true expressions of their experience in this world on film.

Hermes Documentaries including ‘Luxury is that which can be repaired’, ‘The Story of an exceptional saddle-maker’ and ‘Manufacto: Shaping One’s Life by Making Objects’.

Learning Online

  • Around 30 free or near free short uni courses from around the world available online in art and design. Including ‘Innovation through Design:Think, Make, Break, Repeat’ from Sydney and ‘The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling’ from Wollongong.
  • Craft Club: on the Crafts Council website, look for the Downloads on the right hand side of this page for lots of at home craft projects – suitable for beginners and experts, such as knitted jewellery and a cardboard automata.
  • Woolmark Learning Centre: I nearly wept when I saw the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful material of wool (it’s an ancestry thing) – courses for industry and tertiary level, as well as the plain interested.
  • How to Weave a Basket with Tjanpi Desert Weavers, who also have a learn to weave kick-starter pack. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the NPY Women’s Council, working with over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities in the remote Central and Western desert regions, who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. ‘Tjanpi’ means grass in Pitjantjatjara language.
  • Stop Motion School: Free online course to keep you and the kids busy. The instructor, Trisha Zemp (@trishazemp) says she “will help you create your very own stop motion videos. Whether you are 7 or 107, this class is sure to be a blast!” [untested]
  • Learn how to maximise your craft business via Pinterest: Learn about how Pinterest could help your business with local WA entrepreneur and strategist Kate Wilkinson.

Free patterns for the stitch and yarn community

  • Rose Megirian of Many Peaks Assembly has provided links to FREE sewing patterns and created some instructional videos on sewing techniques, such as ‘Sewing French Seams’. Rose is a locally based Fremantle designer maker and entrepreneur.
  • Rowan Yarns produces some of the most beautiful yarn shades and patterns for crochet and knitting, as well as patterns in collaborations with UK top designers; based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Many of the patterns suitable for beginner to intermediate to expert are free online, as well as crochet and knitting tutorials in their tips and tricks. Their magazine is also full of knitting inspo, available via their new app.
  • The Australian Yarn Company – free knitting patterns from the stable of Cleckheaton, Panda, Patons and Shepherd.
  • Yarnspirations – free knit, crochet and quilt patterns and video library of tutorials. Based in Georgia, USA.

Fun stuff 

Browsing Binges

With Google Arts & Culture, you can tour over 500 art institutions worldwide, including the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design in London, where you can browse exhibits and over 5000 objects. Also other art museums such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, and many others.

The Internet Archive has literally billions of resources. There is so much in this Archive, that we may lose you for years. It is a not-for-profit digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form. It provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Their mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. Explore The Smithsonian and Guggenheim catalogues, look out for ‘how-to‘ books and videos about crafts, vintage films, and so much more.

Regional screenings of Real to Reel

Hi all,

Real to Reel – coming to a screen near you soon. See our events page for upcoming dates in March 2020 for screenings in regional centres in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Calling for submissions – the Makers’ Film Festival

Yes, it’s true, we are calling for short films about craft, makers, making and materials for the inaugural Makers’ Film Festival to screen in 2020 from July to December, around Australia.

Following the, increasingly popular, Australian tour of Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival (produced by the UK Crafts Council and Crafts magazine), Maker & Smith decided to compile an Australian version.

This highly unique short film festival has inherent appeal, not just for people involved in craft, but for anyone who enjoys a story well told in less than 15 minutes on film! Even though the topics revolve around the core theme of craft, the range of approaches could not be more diverse – from stop animation fantasies only a few seconds long to in-depth documentary film-making.

Our aim is to create a set of films that derive from all corners of the country – and to screen these around the country – as a way to highlight and share the breadth of craft in Australia. We deliberately chose to do this now as the Crafts Council will take a production gap with the international selection of films for Real to Reel in 2020.

We thank the Crafts Council for the inspiration – and – we can’t wait to see more Australian craft on the big screen.

Quick Info
  • Primary content should be Australian based.
  • Films must have been made since 1 January 2017.
  • Short films only. They can be a few seconds long, and although we’d prefer no longer than 10 minutes, we will accept up to a maximum of 15 minutes including credits.
  • Easy to submit. Just fill out the online form and send us a link.
  • Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2020.
  • Entry Fees and T&Cs apply: $55 (inc GST) per submission.
  • The selected films will screen together in the first Makers’ Film Festival, which will tour Australia (and maybe even internationally) in 2020.
What are the selection panel looking for?

We are looking for films with a strong creative narrative. And to bring together a collection that illustrates the breadth and wonder of craftspeople’s lives, skills, environments and materials from across Australia.

All genres are encouraged, from documentaries, to story-led films to hand-made animation. We are keen to see a range of approaches in both craft and film-making. Maker & Smith encourages submissions from every corner of our community and which celebrate the diversity of Australian life.

If your film explores making, skills and materials, the selection panel would like to see it.

Submit your film for possible selection and be a part of the Makers’ Film Festival 2020. For more info read the Terms & Conditions, which also include some specs advice.

Creating the brand for the Makers’ Film Festival

Don’t you love the fabulous branding that IZZI has created for the Makers’ Film Festival? We are so pleased with it, as it complements our Maker & Smith brand identity so well.

Izzi told us she used the elements of the Maker & Smith identity but made some modifications, such as introducing black to connote a dark cinema, arranging the pattern in a long band to infer a film reel and using a thinner elegant typeface.
We hope you like it too?

We welcome your comments and queries, see below.

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!

It’s a Wrap! 2019 Winter Program – a fortnight of makers’ skills

Read our most recent newsletter about what happened over the last fortnight (1-14 August 2019). Which films were voted favourite film at Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival? What did people learn in the Hand & Lock embroidery classes? And what’s next for Maker & Smith? More opportunities for films, conversations and workshops?

We also want to thank all our partners and supporters who have made it possible to present this year, and who also added extra magic.

Click here: https://mailchi.mp/d5d5fe5c8dd2/maker-and-smith-winter-program-wrap-up 

And sign up for more newsletters here to learn about our programs and first dibs on tickets!

Enjoy!

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.

Adorn Workshops – Sold Out!

The upcoming workshops, designed and delivered by Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson, have sold out. There are a couple of tickets left for the ADORN forum of craft conversations on Sunday 24 March 2019, at the Joondalup Reception Centre.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, click on these links:

Adorn Forum & Workshops

City of Joondalup ADORN

Image: Claire Townsend, enamel ring

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.