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Q&A – maker of the week: Neil Turner

Turner by name, turner by nature. An ‘atronym’ is the word for when a person’s name ‘is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation’. Neil Turner introduced us to this term. He could have been called ‘farmer’, based on his previous work, however his destiny, it seems, was to become a wood turner. Neil Turner […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Claire Townsend

Jeweller, Metalsmith and Educator We first met Claire Townsend when we started up Maker&Smith and were looking to plan some craft specific talks and discussions. In March 2019 we hosted a one-day forum, ADORN, about contemporary jewellery and metalsmiths in partnership with the City of Joondalup, to complement an exhibition of work by the JMGA-WA […]

Justine Bonenfant

Q&A – maker of the week: Justine Bonenfant

Haute Couture Embroiderer and Designer Justine Bonenfant visited us in August 2019 to deliver Hand & Lock classes in haute couture embroidery techniques, not commonly taught in Western Australia, such as Goldwork and Tambour Beading. Participants enjoyed tuition and chats with Justine over the one, two and three day immersive classes in Perth and Midland. […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Tom of Holland

Master Mender: Tom of Holland Tom visited us in August 2018 to deliver a number of workshops in Visible Mending and Darning for both knitting and fabric. It was our inaugural program and we were delighted that Tom received a fabulous reception. We loved hosting him and look forward to another set of his workshops […]

Image by Ana Krach from Pixabay

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 […]

Silk screen printer at work

COVID-19 Residency Opportunity

Every day we hear about another craft market, art fair, and exhibition opening being cancelled and it’s going to be a while until normal activities resume. It’s time to stay at home and in the studio. To hunker down, stay safe. This enforced ‘residency’ provides us with some opportunities to focus on our practice, we […]

Still from Stems, 2018, Ainslie Henderson

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.

Makers Film Festival 2020

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. **Due to COVID-19, we have deferred the inaugural Makers’ Film Festival to 2021 and will widen the call-out to Australasia, New Zealand and countries of the Indian Ocean Rim.** Following the, increasingly popular, Australian […]

Real to Reel; Craft Film Festival. Still from stop animation 'Clay 2056', Director: Niels Hoebers

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 […]

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 […]