Christian Hall – Next @ Craft ACT

26 May – 21 July 2016

A recent exhibition at Craft exhibition featured the extraordinary metal art of Christian Hall. The works included furniture, jjewellery light fittings and other useful objects. The metal is exquisitely cut and designed and draws the eye to empty space and gorgeous geometry. The sample pics and gallery material are below

Code X: Contemporary Fine Binding @ Craft ACT

Book binding is is an awesome craft the makes room for remarkable levels of creativity and inventiveness. This exhibition includes colour, material, design and fun styles of papers. Ostrich, kangaroo, crocodile, buffalo, cattle and other skins are used. There are standard books, fold out books and other paper shapes.

I loved walking through this exhibition. The space is rich and tightly displayed with fine examples of great traditional artistry. It was a real feel good experience and I am thankful to Mel George for bringing these artists together to display in Canberra.

Some pics and a gallery sheet below.

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Crafting New Trash-ures @ Craft ACT

One of the striking cabinet exhibitions at Craft ACT during 2016 was the one titled Crafting New Trash-ures. A group of artists Cebu in the Philippines work with rubbish and discards from modern society to create artistic objects of beauty and some of their work was on show in the display cabinet at the gallery.

A Blurb and pics are below

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Mitchell/Fuller Moving forward – Looking Back @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

Wood art is always a source of awe for me. I find it hard to hammer a nail in straight and am often mystified by the precision and fine detail of wood artistry. The Mitchel Fuller exhibition at Craft ACT gallery is a great display of precision skill in the use of wood in creative artistry. Below are some pics of the remarkable objects created.

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Reclaim @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

The gang at CraftACT curate awesome exhibitions. The current one is a spectacular display of creativity around reusing of materials for great artworks. I love it and I love the fact that the gallery sheet is full of explanation of the artworks and what was used in making the objects.

Gallery web page and pics below

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The Uniform Project @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

One of the current exhibitions at the galleries of CraftACT in Civic is called The Uniform Project. It consists largely of a small set of beautiful blazer type coats designed with geometric layouts and strong colours. Each of them are beautiful and would be a great improvement on most uniforms you see today.

Gallery page

Sample pics

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Citizens of Craft @ Craft ACT

9 September – 22 October 2016

There is an amazing exhibition of expertise in many crafts on display at the Craft ACT gallery. It is drawn from the talents of 42 artists connected to the Craft ACT network and it has shown a remarkable range of styles and types of creativity including some remarkable works by Stephen Barrass which I am told were created on a 3D printer. Rarely have I seen so much high grade craft under one roof. I will only put a few of the pics I took below but this is a show to delight the visitor on lots of levels.

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Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher – Connect with your nature @ Craft ACT

7 April to 14 May 2016

The artist in residency program with CraftACT produces some great material. The current exhibition features the work mainly of Ruth Hingston but includes three pieces from Jodie Hatcher. Ms Hingston’s work ranges through tea towel prints to collage and on to embroidered doilies. Ms Hatcher’s work is with what is called patinated copper from which she creates objects that almost look like wicker-work out of reeds. This set is a very interesting set. There are some pics and the gallery sheet below and the website page link is there too.

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discover define develop deliver – Member Show @ Craft ACT

Design is a passion of the curatorial gang at Craft ACT The space is often filled with crafted items that have high value design woven into them. The Member Show for this year is striking. The variety and the creativity is awesome.

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Creative License @ Craft ACT

Imagine getting a diverse group of artists together and saying “We have a big pile of number plates from the Centenary of Canberra celebration”. “Guess what!” “We want you all to go and create great artworks all from these.” “THey did that!” and the artists have come through in a wonderful exhibition at the CraftACT gallery in Civic.
I walked in at a time when three of the artists were speaking about their work and so that was fun. I even got permission to take some pics of their work from the actual artists.
The first artist was Sam Cameron with his C100 Line Runner. It was a layered powerful looking remote racing car like device that has a flat Hexagonal tray on which to operate. On the tray is a map of Canberra around the CBD with London circuit done in Black. The racer made out of beautifully engineered number plate sections turns based on how its sensors pick up and respond to the black of London Circuit. Fun, beautiful and inventive.
Elizabeth Kelly with Stomachion after the Archemedies Palimpses was next. At first glance I thought this was an attractive geometric artwork with a collection of colours and surfaces in the metals including number plates. Then Elizabeth let us play with it. All the bits are on nylon boards and magnetised so you can move them around and make new shapes. Again this was a playful and yet serious piece of artistic invention. Great to look at and engaging to play with.
Ximeno Briceno went for An Uncu for a Wari Princess to use her number plates. She told us a great story about how she engaged people of her heritage in South America in producing the cloth and in forming the number plate discs including a near brush with quarantine in bringing her beautiful garment to the exhibition.
These three are part of a delightful collection of objects on display – each with a unique take and each with a radiant creativity about it.
Pics and gallery sheet below: