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Craft and Design as a Career

Deakin Edge, Fed Square
September 15, 2015 10:00 am


Craft and Design as a Career
Deakin Edge, Fed Square CBD 15th Sept, 10am-5pm

Craft and Design as a Career is Craft’s annual day-long professional development seminar for students, artists and designers, led by inspiring artists and industry experts.

This immersive day gives craft and design practitioners and students an inspirational boost with a range of experienced and informative speakers who together provide advice, stories, philosophies and unique perspectives on different working methodologies.

Price includes a goodie bag designed by Emily Green and sponsored by Cocobella


Tickets only $45 for Craft Members and Groups of 10 or more/ $90 for non-members.

This year’s conference closely precedes the National Craft Initiative’s event “Parallels” being hosted by the NGV – bringing a strong focus on Melbourne craft and design within an already exciting atmosphere of thinking, debate and discussion.

Hear speakers across a range of experiences and disciplines – with a focus on those with varied, interesting, organic, twisty career journeys and niche knowledge banks.

Carla Hackett & Barbara Enright (hand lettering duo), Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles (Soft Stories), Eddy Carroll (artist), Pauline Tran (Pop Craft), Pip Lincolne (Meet Me At Mikes), Seb Brown (jeweller)Troy Emery (artist) and Lee Darroch & Vicki Couzens (Banmirra Arts Inc)

Carla Hackett and Barbara Enright
Carla Hackett photo by Hilary WalkerBarbara Enright photo by Michael Agzarian
Carla and Barbara met in 2013 and bonded over their love of lettering and being left-handed. Barbara became Carla’s brush lettering mentor, passing on her master skills as a former showcard and ticket writer.They now run brush lettering workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, so Barbara can pass on her master skills to the next generation.  Left to right: Carla Hackett (photo by Hilary Walker) and Barbara Enright (photo by Michael Agzarian)

Eddy Carroll

Eddy Carroll photo by Lesley Turnbull
Melbourne based artist Eddy Carroll predominantly makes soft sculptures. Her art practice is an inquiry of emotional resonance with in symbol and myth via the ‘handmade ornament’. (photo by Lesley Turnbull)

Pip Lincolne 
Pip Lincolne Photo by John Laurie
Pip Lincolne is a Melbourne based writer and crafter. She’s published five books about creativity and making things and she would like to write a whole bunch more. She has three kids and a love of toast and tea. Pip likes to make and write every single day. Pip Lincolne (photo by John Laurie)

Seb Brown 
Seb Brown Photo by Phebe Schmidt
Multi-disciplinary artist working on an evolving enquiry into materials, textures and forms. A celebration of texture, angles, balance and the beauty of materiality; Brown produces an ever-evolving collection of high quality one-off piece made to be worn everyday. Textural, weighty, imperfect the pieces reference the nuances of daily life; subtly political and celebrating the often unnoticed. (photo by Phebe Schmidt)

Pauline Tran and Zac from Pop Craft Studio

Pauline and Zac
Pop Craft Studio encompasses all that is textiles, with the primary aim to serve as a point of exchange for ideas. Master classes in traditional and contemporary textile techniques, hosted by local and international experts, are designed to inspire and encourage the preservation of evanescent handcrafting skills against the rise of automatons.

Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles from Soft Stories
Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles

Soft Stories is a collaboration between soft-sculpture artist, Cat Rabbit and animator, Isobel Knowles. Together they make children’s books, short films and gallery installations. Cat and Isobel first began working together in 2011 with a short film called Owl Know How. They later published a book under the same title with Thames & Hudson Australia which has also since been adapted for ipad. Earlier this year T&H published the second Soft Stories book, Too Much for Turtle. Cat and Isobel’s mechanical animated installation, A Matter of Factory premiered at West Space in 2013 and is currently on tour in Singapore with it’s next stop in Perth in September. Their next project is to create a large scale mechanical sculpture as a collaboration with Art Play, an arts centre for children.

 Troy Emery
Troy Emery
Troy Emery is an artist based in Melbourne and has an object based sculptural practice. He grew up in Toowoomba Queensland but relocated to Hobart to attend art school. He graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (hons) at the Hobart School of Art, University of Tasmania in 2005. Troy then completed a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2010.

Lee Darroch & Vicki Couzens (Banmirra Arts Inc)

Lee Darrochvicki_thumb

Lee Darroch and Vicki Couzens are founding members and now staff at Banmirra Arts, an Aboriginal not for profit arts and healing organisation. We specialise in teaching Aboriginal cultural reclamation and revitalisation across South-eastern Australia, in particular possum skin cloak healing.

Banmirra Arts is a group of dynamic and dedicated Aboriginal Elders, creative artists, cultural practioners, academics and executives united through the vision of ensuring our vibrant Aboriginal cultural and identity continues to flourish.

Deakin Edge, Fed Square Melbourne

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Craft and Design as a Career

Deakin Edge, Fed Square
September 15, 2015 10:00 am