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 […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Megan Stewart

Extremely loud and incredibly motivated. Megan Stewart describes herself as ‘extremely loud’, and she’s entitled to be, as one of a few young makers in Australia, indeed internationally, who specialises in the unique genre of custom eye ware. A metalsmith by training, Megan makes bespoke frames for your glasses, mainly hand made out of aluminium […]

Q&A – maker of the week: Sandra Black

Ode to the wheel, knife and drill. Acclaimed ceramic artist Sandra Black lives and works in Fremantle. She is recognised as a leading ceramicist internationally, and perhaps lesser known in her home state of Western Australia. With a strong exhibiting catalogue you can find Sandra Black’s works in a number of Australian and New Zealand […]

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 […]

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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 […]