Feature Image: Bin Dixon-Ward from exhibition Grids, photograph by Jeremy Dillon
Photography kindly supplied by Craft.
The world of craft is a large and vibrant place. It’s a growing market space where consumers are seeking out bespoke products that are unique and novel with that personal touch. Bespoke craft and design is a haven for people wanting to live according to their own style, from unique homewares to innovative accessories.
With an abundance of craft makers within Melbourne, it becomes a challenge to get the attention that these products deserve. It’s a hard slog to build and retain a strong following, let alone operate in a highly competitive market. But it’s not all doom and gloom with initiatives such as Craft Cubed 2014 which draws in a wider audience.
The Craft Cubed festival is operating throughout the month of August; priding itself on creating a forum for experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. Covering events in both Melbourne and Regional Victoria, it will showcase the best craft products whilst facilitating attendee engagement and learning.
This year, it’s all about The Art of Homemade and includes a line-up of over 120 events that cover exhibitions, workshops, open studios, public installations, retail markets and seminars. Federation Square will be the hub of the festival for all your information needs. With most events free, there is no better way to appreciate and learn a craft skill, master techniques, make new friends and dive into the world of craft.
New Craft @ Queen Victoria Market
Don’t just pick up your fresh fruit and vegetables at Queen Victoria Market this Sunday. Shed A will be hosting the monthly New Craft market. Explore various craft stalls and you may just find something very special.
Operating this Sunday (3 August) at Shed A.
Looking for a casual craft event? Look no further than Domestic Frontier. Domestic Frontier aims to directly connect makers with an interested audience in a relaxed atmosphere. The first event will feature eight local craftsmans with an open celebration at a meet the makers afternoon tea.
Launching Wednesday 20 August from 5pm – 8pm at Domestic Frontier (19 Nicholson St, Brunswick East). Operating this Sunday (3 August) at Shed A.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm.
There is a number of exhibitions and installations occurring at Federation Square, Craft HQ (31 Flinders Lane Melbourne) and at other locations around Melbourne. Please refer to the guide for further information and opening hours.
Craft and Design as a career
It’s Craft’s annual conference for all makers and designers. With a variety of special guest from the creative community, the event promises to be a thought provoking experience with lessons learnt to kick start your designing dream.
Craft Cubed will be running throughout the month of August with various exhibitions, talks, open studios, workshops and craft markets.