PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Please welcome our newest crafthaus members:
New job postings:
The MoCC is also looking to fill internship positions this Summer. Information posted under the above link (scroll down).
Craft, Collaboration and Crossing Continents,
blog by Ross Annells, Cooroy, Queensland, Australia:
The magnificent Bunya Pine grows as a rainforest emergent in my local area. As a furniture maker it is too easy to become excited about the long lengths of easy working material they provide. But these trees are of particular significance to the local indigenous people, and the Bunya’s story highlights many of the complexities of black white relationships in Australia.
Meet Graeme Priddle - wood artist from New Zealand and uber-collaborationist. Graeme lives in Northland, New Zealand, but works around the world: teaching and demonstrating at woodturning events and schools, and exhibiting his fabulous vessels and sculptures. I met Graeme at the first Collaboration event I attended in Mittagong, NSW Australia. I remember feeling more than a little overwhelmed at the talent and ease with which Graeme and other participants playfully worked together to produce pieces.
Graeme was one of the artists invited to the first Emma Collaboration in Canada in 1996 by Michael Hosaluk. He was so inspired by his experiences there that on his return to New Zealand, he set about creating the first copy of the Emma idea, and in 1998 the first CollaboratioNZ was held. Since that time, Graeme has been a regular attendee of Collaboration events: engaging, inspiring and working with makers at events including Emma, Echo Lake, CollaborationAu as well as being a mainstay of CollaboratioNZ. I attended CollaboratioNZ 2011, a fabulous gathering of 80 makers from around the world (including turners, carvers, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, furniture makers, print makers, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass workers and even a tattoo artist, a neon artist and a traditional bowmaker).
And speaking of collaborations, we started a new group which is all about that:
What is it about cooperative projects that fascinates us so much? Is it the process or is it the outcome? Or is it the knowledge that working cooperatively can be both fun and challenging at the same time?
A lot of crafthaus members have experience with cooperative projects, having worked with others within their field and also outside of their field. Please add "your story" and let us know how it went and what it was like.
- How did you project come about? Whose idea was it?
- What was the cooperative process like? Did you have a plan and stuck to it or not?
- What was the end result? Did you finish a piece or not?
- What happened with the work? Was it shown, where is it now?
Feel free to add lots of photos or videos.
Another new discussion group that just formed last week, hosted by Melissa Walter
About this blog--As a recent graduate and currently in a one-year residency the question of what’s next and how to get there is always on my mind. For this blog I will be interviewing artists who have taken varying paths and pursued different careers in or out of the arts to see what they are doing now and the steps they took to get there.
Special Note--I want this to be a way to share how we are all trying to figure out the paths to what’s next and where to go, not answers or things to do, but a look into how others are making it and what has helped along the way. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for questions to ask or artists to interview.
Angelina Ciulik's latest amazing project:
Making a crown for Madonna. Yes, as in: the pop star. You'll want to see this.... (video)
Angelina had the opportunity to fabricate this hollow form crown for Michael Schmidt Studios. It was worn by Madonna in her opening act of her 2012 world tour. The show just opened in Israel a few days ago!
Business Blog for Creative People: 5 Tips for Bouncing Back
It really sucks when something doesn't turn out the way we planned, but like it or not failure is a valuable part of the learning process. As an entrepreneur, I'm always fascinated by the ways in which others bounce back from adversity, be it a minor setback or a spectacular crash and burn failure. In researching such stories I came across Scott Edinger's article "Getting Ready to Fail." In it he outlines 5 tips for how to handle failure better so that you can bounce back quickly.
I am often inspired by beauty! Whether it's something natural like trees and flowers, or even buildings. I was in the National Portrait Gallery today and I saw a postcard of Louise Brooks and Gary Cooper and bought them. I love drawing people and when I saw these postcards today I was inspired to attempt to sketch them. Mostly though when I'm getting ideas for jewellery I often find inspirated in walking, especially in my local park. It's really beautiful and I find that I can totally switch off when I'm walking and that's often when I think of new ideas. I wonder how many other creatives do the same thing?
Well, here we are in JUNE, I can't believe it is here already... June (juin) is my favorite month, and the 21st in particular. The summer solstice is great and I love to get up with the sun and go to bed with the sun so I have a long day on the 21st with plans for every minute of sunshine (assuming it doesn't rain, but who am I kidding, I have back up plans as well).
So where to begin post-SNAG 2012? First impressions are that dehydration adds a nice layer of incapacitation on top of the usual exhaustion. Fun fact, I get vertigo when I’m dehydrated so my head is literally spinning.
Like the sediment in my inner ear, I’m still waiting for things to settle so I can get my bearings. This year was particularly surreal, as I had feared and anticipated it would be. The good thing about a resort is that everyone spends a lot of time together in the communal spaces catching up, or making new friends.
Posts by SNAG/crafthaus scholar Bifei Cao about the conference:
What else is going on?
The last word....
"The Custodian" was created with the intent of solving a lack of the act of tangibly sharing experiences between people. I have designed a nomadic storage center to exchange experiences anywhere. This manually operated rickshaw made of old cupboards and wooden drawers is attached to a steel wagon for carting from place to place. Upon the arrival of the cart, the Custodian sits awaiting passerby's willing to give or take an experience of their own. When a days work is done, the Custodian goes on alone to repeat this event an infinite amount of times in hopes to prevent the extinction of exchange of stories and experiences through physical objects and letters. What is important is the act of exchange to illustrate sharing and communication, not the items of exchange themselves.