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Craft Cubed 2012 - Craft’s biggest festival in 42 years

BY Art News Portal | 10-Aug-2012
This August Craft (formerly Craft Victoria) presents its biggest annual Craft Cubed festival to-date, with more than 100 events presented across multiple venues around Melbourne and Victoria.

Craft Cubed is our festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. It features exhibitions, open studios and workshops, as well as professional development sessions and our Craft Hatch market at 1000 £ Bend. Thousands of makers, artists and designers participate and attend, and more than 70 venues, studios and galleries are activated for the festival.

Craft Cubed is all about new world-standard craft from the community. It is uniquely curated for craft makers at all stages of their careers. It is the only event of its kind in Australia. Many Craft Cubed events are FREE. This year’s Craft Cubed is its most international yet, with speakers from Tokyo and the Pacific Islands. The festival has also embarked on new partnerships with the NGV, Etsy, Spotlight, Northcity4, ThreadDen and the Creative Women’s Circle.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Melbourne Tapa – A 20-metre long artwork by 13 Pacific Island women, the first of its kind made in Australia, will be displayed at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane.

Craft and Design as a Career – Craft’s annual day-long seminar moved to NGV International and features designer Beci Orpin, jeweller Susan Cohn, Tokyo’s Hello Sandwich (Ebony Bizys), designer Alexi Freeman, and more.

Tatau at NGV Studio – An exhibition and studio on site at NGV Studio, featuring live tattooing and floor talks by traditional Pacific Island tattooists.

Craft’s Development Series – A curated selection of 18 workshops, seminars and talks by Craft and our partners, including Etsy, Northcity4 and the Creative Women’s Circle.

Workshops – Craft’s partners and friends will present more than 20 workshops covering all disciplines, for artists and makers of all abilities.

Open Studios – Craft Cubed again presents its popular day of open artist studios on Saturday 18 August. Peek inside more than 30 artists’ workspaces, and meet the makers working across a range of art.