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Kevin Murray joined Atelier Hg's group

2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennale

A look back at the exhibition in Beijing and 2013 Beijing Design Week.Group Host: Ezra Satok-WolmanSee More
Feb 7
Kevin Murray commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post Georgian Eye Jewellery, c.1790-1820
"A wonderful story Brigitte. It would be interesting to find a connection to the evil eye in jewellery. That would be a long bow, I know, but intriguing."
Sep 14, 2012
Kevin Murray joined Melissa Cameron's group

Coming up from the south

Jewelery works from emerging artists from Australia. Curated by Melissa Cameron.See More
Aug 30, 2012
Kevin Murray joined ATTA Gallery's group

A Glimpse of Thai Craft-Based Contemporary Art

Even though Thailand is well-known for its craft and mass-produced decorative products, its craft-based contemporary art is relatively unknown to both local and international markets. Therefore it was my great pleasure to be able to let the world see the kind of craft-based contemporary art created by Thai artists within the past few years.  In this exhibition three fields of craft-based contemporary art are presented:  ceramics (4), jewelry (3) and wood (1).  I hope you enjoy and appreciate…See More
Jul 29, 2012
Kevin Murray liked Ross Annels's discussion Bunya: can’t see the trees for the wood
Jun 5, 2012
Kevin Murray commented on Brigitte Martin's video

TEDxFargo: Michael Strand - The Spaces Between: Art, Craft and Humanity

"I liked this talk a lot. I admired Michael's generosity, and the productive way he places ceramics at the centre of story exchange. But at the same time, I'm not a ceramicist. I'm curious to know what someone in his field of practice…"
Mar 10, 2012
Kevin Murray commented on Kevin Murray's blog post Denim craft
"The denim articles are here: I hadn't come across Denimu before. He does seem to express the democratic nature of jeans in a very direct way. The articles in JMC…"
Feb 13, 2012
Brigitte Martin commented on Kevin Murray's blog post Denim craft
"I have not seen much really innovative things done with denim. There is one artist, Denimu, I am aware of who works solely in denim.  Here's an image of one of his urban landscapes which I really like: Source:…"
Feb 12, 2012
Kevin Murray posted a blog post

Denim craft

Has anyone notice interesting new craft practices with denim? The latest Journal of Modern Craft looks at the place of craft practice in contemporary textile industry. There's a couple of wonderful free articles on the craft of denim production - quite an eye opener!See More
Feb 11, 2012
Kevin Murray joined Ross Annels's group

Craft, Collaboration and crossing continents

Blogging the journey from my studio cross continents to international collaborations, and the ripples and reflections back into my practice.See More
Feb 1, 2012
Kevin Murray commented on Timothy Jay Nelson's group Steampunk-A gaslamp fantasy made real
"Yes, Steampunk certainly does seem to have a different attitude to technology. But perhaps that is the nature of any contemporary craft movement, that it looks back to the preceding era, whether that's the cottage weavers in the industrial age,…"
Jan 27, 2012
Kevin Murray commented on Timothy Jay Nelson's group Steampunk-A gaslamp fantasy made real
"It's great to read Steampunk expressed so passionately. You make it seem much more than a fashion. We've been talking about the historical comparison between Steampunk and the Arts & Crafts Movement at…"
Jan 24, 2012
Kevin Murray joined Timothy Jay Nelson's group
Jan 24, 2012
Kevin Murray and Ross Annels are now friends
Jan 24, 2012
Kevin Murray commented on Melissa Cameron's group ManJewellery
"Very Melbourne!"
Jan 24, 2012
Kevin Murray joined Melissa Cameron's group


You're invited to the online exhibition of ManJewellery!See More
Jan 23, 2012

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Denim craft

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 9:43pm 2 Comments

Has anyone notice interesting new craft practices with denim? The latest Journal of Modern Craft looks at the place of craft practice in contemporary textile industry. There's a couple of wonderful free articles on the craft of denim production - quite an eye opener!

New issue of Journal of Modern Craft - Writing Things Well

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 7:44am 6 Comments

The latest issue of Journal of Modern Craft 4.1 contains an interview with A.S. Byatt. author of the Children's Book which explores the Edwardian attitudes to craft. In that she expresses some strong views:

"I decided that a kind of rather flat skepticism, and making things, making things well, is better than a utopian attempt to reform society." A.S. Byatt

We are exploring some of these issues on…


New issue of Journal of Modern Craft - Does Craft Want to be Free?

Posted on August 29, 2010 at 1:16am 0 Comments

To coincide with the release of JMC 3.2, the online version of the journal has a focus on creative commons for craft.

Traditionally, craft evolved in guilds that limit access to technical knowledge and controlled prices. Today there is talk of

‘digital guilds’ that use open platforms to freely share information.

Yet, the modern design industry depends on the notion of intellectual

property to encourage investment in innovation. How do current systems

like Creative… Continue

Does craft want to be free?

Posted on July 4, 2010 at 7:44pm 0 Comments

Here's an update for Crafthaus members on what's happening at

Posts on the Journal of Modern Craft website have attracted some lively discussions recently.

There's a refreshing difference of opinions, particularly between theory and


The current issue focuses on the culture of the copy in Japan. The next will concern digital…


Can a copy be creative? Craft in Japan

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:08am 0 Comments

The first issue of 2010 for Journal of Modern Craft is out now, with a special focus on Japan. In this case we will be considering in particular the role of the copy in traditional Japanese craft.

The Japanese concept of dentō kōgei ( 'traditional art crafts') recognises the practice of reproducing classic works as an ideal of 'formative expression'. The studio craft movement of the West valued originality. In modern art, the… Continue

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At 7:05pm on June 1, 2011, Brigitte Martin said…
It was great meeting you at SNAG. Hope you had a good trip home.


Ps: Timothy is on Crafthaus if you want to be in touch with him.
At 6:01pm on June 21, 2010, Li-Chu Wu said…
Thank you for ur comment~ :)
At 2:13pm on May 14, 2009, Brigitte Martin said…
Hello Kevin:

I think your group might be interested in a new discussion thread we have going here:

Best, Brigitte

2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Recipient

Crafthaus is pleased to announce that Leisa Rich's project "Invisible:VisAble" garnered 968 votes of 2,575 total votes cast (37.59%) and is the 2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Winner.

Starting in November, we all look forward to following Leisa's crafthaus blog about her project.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Much success for all projects!

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Instill - Material Matters 2014

  INSTILL-material matters “The year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  Hal Borland The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University presents the thesis work by students of the MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products course. The show celebrates the achievements of a group of exceptionally diverse individuals, with each piece on display offering an unexpected adventure through material that…See More
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Ligia Rocha joined Lorena Angulo's group

Behind the Brooch part 2

I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
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Tales From the Tool Box - Chapter One

Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibitionThis exhibition is a showcase for narrative work, with over 234 images it was decided that the exhibition would be in two parts with chapter two being on-line in January 2015I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition. Image left: Dauvit AlexanderTitle - "Blood Will Have Blood: A Macbeth Brooch" Image Credit: Photography by Andrew Neilson, Neilson Photography. See More
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Ayasha Wood - Embroidery

Ayasha Wood is a UK based surface designer, specializing in embellishment for fashion.With an eye for color and composition, she utilizes a mixture of…See More
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On the Boardwalk

"thanks stacy- that;s so nice of you to say!"

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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