[CRAFT2013]

2013 Australian Craft Awards

Awards Entries

Contemporary Craft Retreat -

Craft Event

- Winner

The Contemporary Craft Retreat is an annual combined Polymer Clay, Metal Clay, Air-Dry Clay, Paverpol and Mixed Media Workshop Event. Attendees learn a variety of contemporary art and craft skills from experienced, talented contemporary Clay, Paverpol and Art/Craft instructors from around Australia.

 

The Dreamers Market -

Craft Market

Finalist

We are not your average market. We thrive on artisan works handmade in Australia. We carefully choose our stallholders to ensure our philosophy of Australian handmade is upheld. Our stallholders must be true artisans who design from their imagination, create with their own hands, and each of their products have a story to tell. We believe that craft and design, especially when it's an original handmade item, is a labour of love. The designs come from the heart and that is what the Dreamers Market is all about.

 

BrisStyle Markets - BrisStyle Inc.

Craft Market

- Winner

The BrisStyle Markets offer a distinctive homegrown experience in the heart of Brisbane. With the choice of two different market experiences, lovers of handmade can shop under the stars at the indie Twilight Markets in Brisbane’s King George Square or shop in style inside the iconic Brisbane City Hall. Both markets combine the laid-back attitude of southeast Queensland with the buzz of Brisbane’s CBD to create a celebration of local independent handmade art, craft and design. The indie Twilight Market experience encourages market lovers to meander through the lantern lit stalls of over 80 local artisans supported through BrisStyle’s I ? Craft creative development program, whilst the City Hall indie Markets take local handmade craft to the next level with BrisStyle’s leading handmade artisans creating their very own pop up shops. Nestled on the ground floor of the beautiful historic Brisbane City Hall, these markets create an exclusive boutique shopping experience in the surrounds of one of Brisbane’s best-loved landmarks. With BrisStyle renowned for its support and development of Brisbane’s vibrant creative community, these markets make for the perfect opportunity to meet the makers, learn about their journeys and give the gift of locally created handmade.

 

Handmade Redcliffe - Handmade Redcliffe

Craft Market

Finalist

Handmade Redcliffe is a local, indie-craft market ~ a curation of all manner of handmade supported by shoppers who are seeking niche, handmade products & who enjoy meeting the local artisans that make them.

 

Cool Knitting - Bauer Media Books

Craft Publication

Finalist

Cool Knitting offers 20 unique toy patterns with a classic and cute appeal, accompanied by step-by-step photographs to make them easier to follow, an illustrated guide, hints and tips to help solve common problems and a little story in the form of a poem for each character. Everyone can enjoy flipping through and picking their favourite creature and story. Most of the toys are based off of two simple shapes - learn these and you will be on your way to knitting the whole book!

 

Claylink Magazine - Ceramics Victoria Incorporated

Craft Publication

- Winner

Claylink Magazine strives to inspire, inform and educate on all levels; from the beginner to the master professional. This platform records for Ceramic Artists new pathways, either by conceptual framework, or embracing new technologies and exhibits the results. This is a shared resource and as such values critical feedback

 

Sturt Craft Centre - Sturt Craft Centre

Craft Retailer

- Winner

Established in 1941, Sturt is a national centre for the teaching and promotion of Australian contemporary craft & design. Sturt is a favourite destination for over 50,000 visitors each year who enjoy Sturt's idyllic Southern Highlands setting and magical cool-climate gardens. Our award-winning design shop provides the essential destination whether you are looking for that special gift or are a serious collector of contemporary craft. All our products are designed in Australia, including fine furniture by Sturt School for Wood graduates. Sturt presents an all-year round changing exhibition program featuring individual and group artists across all craft and art mediums.

 

Kumihimo - TrishAlan Designs

Craft Supplier

- Winner

TrishAlan Designs was established in 2002 by husband and wife team Trish Goodfield & Alan Jackson. Looking for a new craft that may encourage people(other than embroiderers) to use their eco-dyed threads Trish stumbled upon Kumihimo. Falling in love with the process and resultant structures/patterns led TrishAlan Designs to create a range of affordable kumihimo threads, kits, books & DVDs for Australian Braiders.

 

Soft Bodies -

Display

Finalist

Soft Bodies is a suite of textile sculptures. The forms have been inspired by a visit to the unique fossil sites in the Flinders Ranges. Stromatolite fossils are formed by many layers of microbes (cyanobacteria) built up over time. Stromatolites provide the most ancient record of life. Soft Bodies is a fabric record.

 

Shibori Then and Now - The Dyeshack

Display

Finalist

I am a Dyer, Fibre Artist and Tutor specializing in the traditional Japanese Arts and Craft of Shibori and Indigo dyeing, combined with modern techniques including Felting creating original individual Wearable Art, Visual Art, Sculptures and Quilts showcasing Australia with stories of past and present in an endeavor to portray work uniquely original and Australian. Bringing together old Japanese Shibori techniques with the marvelous colours of the Australian outback, fauna and flora, I create kimono, hanten jackets, caftans, evening wraps and scarfs designed to flatter the body, soft to touch and special to wear. All washable items.

 

Spirit of Giving -

Display

Finalist

In my work the simple stitch becomes a tool for examining the workings of our everyday lives.

 

Urban Forest -

Display

Finalist

I work with textiles that are layered and stitched. Often their purpose is functional, such as for warmth, sound damping in echoing rooms or to screen something. But I also want them to embody an idea and a mood.

 

Dura Mater (Tough Mother) - Sharyn Dingeldei

Display

- Winner

Life could be considered in two halves- The Younger and Older You. In youth we are fresh, pure and thirst for knowledge, gaining memories as we progress through each stage of our development. As we grow older, we can lose. We can lose our keys or money; friends and employment, and eventually our health and memories. This porcelain wall installation is a work depicting the aging process, initially in white round shapes, and as we age, our bodies, cells or minds begin to become misshapen, or diseased, then crumble and eventually we are just a fragment of what we used to be in our youth, with some unable to make the connections they once could.

 

Megan Jackson -

Fashion - Accessories

- Winner

Megan Jackson creates beautifully hand printed textiles. Characterised by a striking modern and abstract aesthetic, Megan produces a range of scarves, home wares and tableware. Megan’s proficiency and technical abilities within the process of hand screen printing strongly underpins her creative practice. Inspired the minimalist qualities of Scandinavian design, 1950’s style and ideas surrounding simplicity within Japanese design, Megan pairs her technical skills with an intense passion and love for colour and pattern design.

 

Jackie Made This - / Jackie Made This

Fashion - Accessories

Finalist

Jackie Made This came about after a holiday in India meeting hand weavers. It made me realise that more than anything I wanted to be using the knowledge and skills I had learnt through my degree - a Bachelors of Arts in Textile Design that I completed in 2008 - to weave hand woven products that people would enjoy and want to use for many years to come. This had been a dream for some time, but 2013 felt like to right time to make something happen, so Jackie Made This was born. Each piece is handmade using natural fibers – wool, silk and cotton – so every one is unique. Products include scarves, shawls, baby wraps and now cushions.

 

Felted neck wraps/vests and collars -

Fashion - Accessories

Finalist

I am a textile artist and designer who has developed site-specific artworks for major festivals and has designed/made costumes for many years. In addition to Pleiades (a community art work) other recent major works include Rain Sonnet - the text of A Midsummer Night's Dream reproduced in glass raindrops as a wearable bodice. During 2011 on an Arts Tasmania residency the prototype was developed for the Talking Skirt.

 

Velvet ArtCloth Scarves Collection - Art Quill Studio

Fashion - Accessories

Finalist

There are three basic ingredients (as opposed to definitions) that all artworks possess; (i) they need to be “engaged”; (ii) they are non-functional, and (iii) they are aesthetic. Wearable Art is “Art” when placed in an art context but when it is not placed in an art context, its functionality obscures the act of engagement. My scarves are wearable art. My scarves have been created using a range of fabrics and various hand dyeing and hand printing techniques. I am particularly fond of silk rayon velvet due to its ability to impart rich, luscious, intense colour and yet retains its super soft, luxurious handle when dyed and printed using various media. My scarves are a unique creation, never to be repeated in colour, tone or overall design. Some of the design elements may re-appear in other scarves, but the overall colours, printing/overprinting and design features is what ensures their uniqueness as a one-off specialty wearable art item to covet.

 

I make it brooches - I make it

Fashion - Accessories

Finalist

Everyday nature inspires my work. In a world that is becoming filled with technology, we are so lucky to still have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the smaller simple things in life! I take photos and turn them into little brooches so everyone can wear some nature, guilt free! Please note no animals were hurt in the process! Animals posed in their natural environment without any encouragement. Let’s face it nature loves to show off!

 

Two Threads - Two Threads

Fashion - Apparel

- Winner

Two Threads creates distinctive, affordable, Melbourne-made clothing that is versatile, wearable and comfortable - for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. We design quirky pieces that are often unconventionally shaped and feature left-of-centre elements like raw edges, outside seams and asymmetrical cuts. We enjoy creating beautiful, timeless pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways according to preference or mood. Our garments are functional, flexible, and fun to wear! Take a look at our design challenge... We created a multi-functional, winged tunic and had a lot of fun photographing it, not only on our model, but on a number of 'real women'. A big thanks to our fabulous friends, family and their pets for being such great models!

 

Eco Clothing Collection - Gina Mastio Studio

Fashion - Apparel

Finalist

A collection of eco friendly nature inspired clothing made from sustainably sourced silk and Australian merino wool. Each piece is unique and created by hand, a combination of nuno felting and natural dyeing using plants. The works are sensual, sculptural and original. 

 

Redefining,Redesigning Fashion -

Fashion - Apparel

Finalist

Redefining, Redesigning Fashion The collection is a response to the global diet of mass consumerism and the throwaway society. It challenges the notion of old clothes being of no use and destined for landfills and Op Shops. It brings new life and optimism for discarded clothes, placing them in a contemporary context with the intention to preserve the memory of the particular association to the person who created or wore them, and how they were restored. The body pieces were created from two recycled 100% Australian Marino wool Aran jumpers by, cutting, folding, draping, wrapping, and cocooning the body without sewing, buttons or zips. The value of the collection is in the handmade quality, versatility,and the beauty and utility of (slow) fashion created to last. Viewers are invited to consider the use of materials and techniques, where they come from, the effects of the pieces on the body, how they are worn, and their ecological footprints.

 

Off Hand. Offhand - -

Fashion - Apparel

Finalist

“The hand that feels marks the object” –Walter Benjamin When the word “manufacture” is being mentioned, most would almost immediately think of machineries, technology and mass production. However, the origin of the word dates back to the mid 16th century, where it actually means ‘made by hand’. Taking a step back, counter to the instant gratification and mass-production centered age of today is where my journey begins. - A body of work created predominately out of yarns - knitted, weaved and pieced together by hand. Having taken on the methodology of a painter, where every move and colour that is being applied is a response to its surroundings - of what is already on the canvas.

 

the rag venture - the rag venture

Fashion - Apparel

Finalist

I have produced a collection of garments inspired the by movement and repetition found in nature, patterns found both close up and from a distance. I am an emerging textile designer and have just launched my brand “the rag venture”, which aims at producing beautiful and unique textile prints and hand made garments. I hope to inspire a connection between the wearer and the natural environment.

 

Grandpa's Desk - / Martin Davis Furniture Design

Furniture

Finalist

Grandpa’s Desk was commissioned by a client who was in possession of 2 wardrobes that were built decades ago by her grandfather and who did not have the space for the wardrobes, but wanted to keep them because of their sentimental value. I was asked to design an office desk, which utilized the timber from the wardrobes. Even old screws, nails and fittings were kept and incorporated into the design, both as a reminder of the original wardrobes and also as a source of memories of the client’s grandfather every time a drawer is opened.

 

Pallets be a Buffet - Sneaky Boarding Design

Furniture

- Winner

Pallet be a buffet is made from recycled pallets and skateboard decks, combined with street art.

 

Pallets B A Chair - Sneaky Boarding Design

Furniture

Finalist

Hardwood Pallets turned into an arm chair. Fabric is from recycled plastic bottles. The idea behind the arm chair was that the blank space in the arm rest is for the purhcaser to iluustrate or decorate and make the chair their own. Making the object personal to each individual.

 

Pumice Collection - Peter Fegan Design

Furniture

Finalist

The Pumice Collection references the Glasshouse Mountains of Queensland, with its abundance of volcanic plugs reminiscent of its violent tectonic act of creation.

 

Let loose - Isabella Wang

Homewares

Finalist

Unique pieces for the unique individuals. Enjoy a piece of art in your everyday life, something you can touch and use, that expresses yourself. That is not mass manufactured, provides ergonomic hold with different texture, satisfy your sensation in visual, touch and taste. Enhance the experience of drinking tea, like the Japanese tea ceremony. The purpose of my collections are to bring joy to people through the appreciation of the beauty in ceramic, and carry the passion from one to another in our daily life. The stamp you see on the pieces is the last word of my Mandarin name, pronounced “show”, meaning Jade like stone. I stamp this on my pieces in hope that it will be as what the word represents.

 

Tableware Collection - Alison Jackson

Homewares

- Winner

Alison Jackson is a Gold and Silversmith. Combining traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic, Alison produces a range of one-off and limited edition hollowware and jewellery pieces. Her designs are characterised by simplicity, functionality and playful quirky twist.

 

Terroir Clay Wine Vessels - John Ullinger

Homewares

Finalist

This product is for the winemaker seeking to individualise and differentiate their wine from their competitors. By using site specific soil additions and a choice of porosities each batch of vessels is unique to the vineyard for which it is created. Stored and treated carefully these vessels will last indefinitely.

 

The Flannel Flower Range - DM Pottery

Homewares

Finalist

A range of durable and functional handmade ceramics featuring our Australian native flannel flower. The wares are designed to look at home in a range of domestic aesthetics. The colours are neutral and the forms are simple. The pieces are durable, chip-resistant, food-safe, dishwasher and microwave safe, designed for everyday living.

 

Bubblefish - Philip Stokes Studio Glass

Homewares

Finalist

Exploring, pushing boundaries and having fun with glass blowing feeds into very area of my practice. The Bubblefish bowl is a blown sculptural work exploring the optics when combined with water through this exciting transparent material. This playful creation of the internal environment provides for a fascinating, living feature for both the owner and its inhabitants. The Bubblefish bowl is 400mm x 400mm and holds approximately 40 litres of water.

 

Alison Jackson - Jewellery Collection -

Jewellery

Finalist

Alison Jackson is a Gold and Silversmith. Combining traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic, Alison produces a range of one-off and limited edition hollowware and jewellery pieces. Her designs are characterised by simplicity, functionality and playful quirky twist.

 

Strata Survey -

Jewellery

Finalist

Nellie Peoples is a designer-maker working in the field of jewellery and metalsmithing. With a history in design and architecture, she brings these two fields together in her metalsmithing practice through constant experimentation with line as a form and, with attention to detailed precision. Line is constant throughout her practice. Adhering to this notion she pursues silver and goldsmithing to technical limits. There is an acceptance of the fine line between chance and disaster as she works towards those limits. However, precision is an overarching parameter and structure is a major component. All manipulations are still very controlled and are based on technical equations or rules. In the body of a work, the line can be a layer, border, boundary, edge or a limit. To draw the attention back to the original line she uses different material finishes to draw attention to accentuate the treatment of the edge. Through hand and bench skills as the basis for all of her designs, her mantra is that the machine adds to construction rather than machine drives construction.

 

Empire necklace -

Jewellery

- Winner

The history of technology, mechanical devices, industrial production and the built environment continually inspire Tilden’s jewellery. Her innovative approach to glass as a material for jewellery and focus on the power of repeating elements draws on observations of the everyday and the impact of technology on contemporary life. Tilden references the visual language of the machine made to examine the value of handmade objects in a world full of mass production. The connection between the maker and the wearer is a highly valued aspect of making jewellery for Tilden. Her work explores the social and cultural context of jewellery, and its ongoing life as personal adornment. Tilden’s necklaces demonstrate an understanding of the machine made world of mechanisms, chains and linking systems. Her handmade chains discuss the potential of the chain as a mechanism for understanding ourselves.

 

Marisa Molin -

Jewellery

Finalist

Over the last 8 years of a 13 year jewellery practice, I have continuously developed a more intricate collection of sculptural jewellery in response to the Tasmanian wilderness.

 

She Choked on Her Words -

Jewellery

Finalist

As a paper artist, I find the whimsical world of paper sculpture deeply satisfying - not at all useful, but imaginative! I like to intrigue the viewer, interact on a humorous level, hold their attention for more than just a moment and enhance their wonder at how a piece has been made. I aim to tempt them to scrutinise my work more closely and therefore encourage them to delve into the many layered meanings. It allows others to share in my unusual, but quaint world, with me.

 

Rascal Cat -

Kids - Toys

Finalist

I am lucky to have grown up in a dynamic and artistic environment. My studies were art based and I graduated with a BA Textile Design RMIT in 2008. Initial sketches for a toy collection were created several years ago and many characters have been developed since then. A love of textiles and oddities meet in my continuously growing assortment of characters.

 

Secret Hideaway Teepee Range - Joyjoie

Kids - Toys

- Winner

Joyjoie aspires to capture the joy of childhood dreams in tepees. Lovingly designed and crafted the bespoke secret hideaway teepee range is stylish, functional and innovative. The teepees could be a wonderful play space in a living room nursery or play room of homes around the world. The secret hideaway teepee range is decorated on all the internal walls with nature; a rainbow or trees / cacti with animals. An invitation to pretend...children step into a secret woodland, forest, rainbow or desert where they can let their imaginations roam the possibilities of nature and the games that can be played there.

 

Dancing Light - Rain Chain - PORCELUME

Lighting

Finalist

I work with naked, unglazed porcelain. I hand turn my pieces to the verge of destruction in order to find the limits of the material. They are then subject to the ferocity of the kiln – fired to 1300 degrees – an environment in which the fragile clay body twists and sways in its molten state. When finally they emerge, transformed by lyrical alchemy, they are shell-like, shimmering with a papery translucence – almost see through...

 

Knicks desk light -

Lighting

Finalist

This Kicks desk light is one of a growing series of unique designs. The materials and processes are carefully selected to create a lasting object.

 

Refraction XI -

Lighting

- Winner

The interaction between light, glass and water is the keystone for my bespoke pieces. My Refraction series looks at how light refracts through water and glass in a similar way. Refraction XI uses LED light shone through hot sculpted glass pieces to capture refracted light images on glass screens. The effects produced are reminiscent of micro-organisms, shells and X-ray images. The work displays its mechanism in a simple and elegant way to demonstrate this intriguing phenomenon, while providing calming mood lighting.

 

The 2013 Made With Love-Cards And Crafts Santa Key - Made with love-cards and crafts

Stationery

Finalist

Does your house NOT have a chimney? Do you struggle each year to explain to your children how Santa can deliver his presents even though there is no chimney? Have no fear because your solution is here! Made With Love-Cards And Crafts introduces to you our 2013 Santa Key. Our Santa Keys are perfect for houses that don't have chimney's saving Santa time and worry of trying to work out how he can make his delivery of his Xmas cheer! Simply hang the Santa Key set on your front door on Christmas Eve and wait for Santa to come and make his visit! Our 2013 design measures a massive 18cmx12cm and with its prominent red and white colour scheme it is certain to get Santa's attention this Christmas Eve!

 

Woodland Series Cards - I make it

Stationery

- Winner

Everyday nature inspires my work. In a world that is becoming filled with technology, we are so lucky to still have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the smaller simple things in life!