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Q&A – maker of the week: Alister Yiap

Meet Alister Yiap, designer, artist and maker. He’s always busy; working on the minuscule and the magnificent, and activating the design and maker communities. Meet Alister Yiap – a versatile 3D designer and metalsmith with multiple competencies. What is your craft? How do you like to describe yourself? My starting point was Jewellery, but I […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Alice Cliff

‘Ready to wear and share.’ Meet Alice Cliff, pattern cutter and tailor. She started out at Sydney Tech and had a dream to work for top fashion houses in Europe. Now, having fulfilled her dreams for over a decade, Alice Cliff has returned to Australia to share her skills and contribute to our growing fashion […]

Robyn Lees, ceramic art and sculpture

Q&A – maker of the week: Robyn Lees

‘Exuberance personified.’ Meet Robyn Lees ceramic artist. The insatiable energy, curiosity and sheer exuberance in her making, shines through in this short Q&A with ceramic artist Robyn Lees. Equally, Robyn’s rambunctious ‘women’ reflect her gutsy approach to life – a delight to behold. Robyn is based in Denmark in the south-west of Western Australia,  where […]

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Selection Panel + Prize Announced! Makers’ Film Festival.

We are delighted to announce the Selection Panel + a Prize for the 2021 Makers’ Film Festival: Mary Ellen Cliff and Carola Akindele-Obe, the ‘dynamic duo’ who produce Maker&Smith including the new Makers’ Film Festival, will be joined by two fellas who bring a breadth of knowledge (and connections) in visual story-telling to the table […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Katrina Virgona

‘Good Mourning. Hair today, gone tomorrow.’ There’s a resurgence of interest in fibre and textile practice and it’s timely for businesses and large corporations to invest in this form of material culture to create unique collections while ensuring examples are collected, displayed and preserved for future generations. The quote above is from Katrina Virgona. She […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Jonathan Hook

A Potter’s Life.   If you live in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, or you are visiting there, you must go and see Jonathan Hook at his self-designed and built studio and gallery atop a hill with fabulous views, just outside Denmark. Jonathan is a prolific potter, a master craftsman. Read on … […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Susie Vickery

A Stitching Storyteller. Susie Vickery is a time traveller and globetrotter, armed with needle and thread, on a mission to tell important and intriguing stories. Although now mainly based in Fremantle, Western Australia, she works across three continents, with benches also in London and Mumbai. Since we met Susie a couple of years ago, she […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Bethamy Linton

Hammering away, delightfully. Immersed in the family business of metalsmithing practically from birth, Bethamy Linton started formally working with her father making silver flatware and restoring antiques from the age of 16. Later she trained formally and also in apprenticeships and mentorships in fine jewellery, art and object design. In this short (and sweet) Q&A, […]

Heirloom of the Day: Darning Mushroom.

The Craft of Carnival.

Elaborate Costumes Send a Message of Breaking Free from Slavery and Racism with Optimism and Hope. It all began in the summer of 1958 in West London when racial tensions grew in the Afro-Caribbean community. Riots went on for three days with over 100 people getting arrested over the bank holiday weekend. In 1959, the […]