Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Craft Cubed 2012

Craft Victoria's Craft Cubed Festival begins this Friday 3 August and runs throughout the month. There are dozens of exhibitions, workshops, seminars, open studios, and other events running as part of the annual festival of experimental, skills and ideas-based craft and design. And plenty of jewellery-related events to look forward to this year!

Keynote events (which are ticketed) include the annual professional development seminar Craft and Design as a Career on Thursday 16 August at the NGV International. This year's program includes talks by jewellers Dr Susan Cohn, curator of Unexpected Pleasures at the NGV, Blanche Tilden, Phoebe Porter and Mark Edgoose, Senior Lecturer at RMIT, as well as a number of other craft practitioners and designers. Tickets are $90 for non-members / $40 Craft Victoria members. Book soon as places are limited and this seminar has been quick to book out in past years.

I'll Show You My Craft if You Show Me Yours is a collaborative project designed to bring together people from different craft areas to share ideas, processes and materials. 4 of these events will be held at Northcity4 during the festival:

Thursday 9 August 10am-1pm: Professional Development Seminar: Product Development and Legal Issues
Saturday 18 August 2-4pm: Talk: Pop-up Talks with jewellers Katherine Bowman and Caz Guiney (free)
Saturday 25 August 2-4pm: Workshop with Anna Davern: Jewellery from Everyday Materials
Saturday 1 September 2-4pm: Workshop with Anna Davern: Jewellery from Sublimation Printed Metal

Northcity4 is also hosting a number of other events in August:

Saturday 4 August 2-4pm: Creative Women's Circle (networking event) ($16.50 / $11 Craft Victoria members)
Thursday 9 August 6-8pm: Talk: Shaun Tan and Oslo Davis: In Conversation ($20)
Saturday 18 August 11am - 3pm: Open Studio (free)

Exhibitions include e.g. etal's How the Light Gets In, an exhibition curated by Emma Grace, opening Tuesday 7 August from 6-8pm and running from 6 - 18 August.

Besides the open studio at Northcity4, there are a number of open studios on the weekend of 18-19th August, including ceramic artist Bridget Bodenham's Hepburn Springs studio, the Windsor Workshop, home of Peaches and Keen, jeweller Victoria Mason in Fitzroy, Studio Seven Twelve (Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Karyn Nankivell and Karla Way) as well as jewellers and shoemakers' collective Dead and Buried in the Nicholas Building, jeweller Gillian Hillman in St Kilda, and Harvest Textiles in Brunswick.

Looks to be an exciting month!

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