Interview Update

May 13

We’ve recently just completed the first year of project interviews; thank-you to everyone who has participated and generously shared their story, insights and cups of tea!


We know people are keen to find out more so will shortly releasing a first lot of basic statistical and other findings to keep everyone posted on what we’ve been finding when talking to design craft makers around the country. These will be uploaded to the website, and also made available via opt-out email lists of participating makers and organisations. If you’ve participated in the project and do not wish to receive these emails from us please don’t hesitate to email us at: Alternatively, if you have not (yet?) spoken with us but would like to be on our email newsletter list, also send us a quick email and we’ll be happy to include you.

Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield

Apr 7


It’s a tough life, but someone’s …….. lovely to get the chance to visit the Jam Factory’s Barossa gallery and studios within the gorgeous grounds of the Seppeltsfield winery’s cellar door, and to chat with shoemaker and leather worker Rose-Anne Russell and meet cutler Barry Gardner.

ARTICLE: Where you make matters – the ongoing importance of local ecologies of craft

Feb 29

While this particular article from the project team, out in the most recent edition of Garland magazine, is about Adelaide and the ongoing legacies of the JamFactory (among other factors), the fact that place and its various knowledge, material and inspirational ecologies continue to matter to makers is something we’re finding across Australia.


Garland can be accessed at

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Canberra Makers

Feb 22


This week the @crafting_self team are back where it all began in Canberra. Great to meet capital makers, including talented young ANU grads

Project Participants in the Media

Feb 8

Great to today come across coverage of Alice Springs-based Elbowrkshp’s collaboration producing chairs which will feature as part of the Australian exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Also the UK Craft Council’s weekly updates reports that jeweler Julie Blyfield’s UK exhibition has moved on from the Ruthin Craft Centre and is now showing at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Edmund de Waal on Craft

Jan 13

One of the great pleasures of craft research is reading about craft. We came across this quote recently from iconic British ceramicist Edmund de Waal in an interview by Grant Gibson (Crafts Nov-Dec 2015, p. 35) and just had to share it:

“Craft is the great otherness in our culture. It’s little understood. It’s extraordinarily relevant and powerful. It goes deep into people’s lives. It’s catalytic. It changes the world. It reaches deep into unknown histories that we are only beginning to understand. It crosses identities and genders and ethnicities in incredibly powerful ways. So it’s in profound need of celebration and critical collaboration.”

On the Road – Alice Springs Makers

Nov 2


A particular interest for us are the complex ways place impacts upon and inspires Australian makers. The power of location to drive creativity shone through (much like the 39 degree sun!) on our recent research trip to Australia’s centre – Alice Springs. A huge shout-out and thank-you to Pip McManus, Tjanpi Weavers, James B Young and Elliat Rich.


Thank-you Melbourne Makers

Oct 20


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Thank-you so much to the inspiring Melbourne makers who made the time to speak with us last week: Marian Hosking, Tian You, Claire Beale and Blanche Tilden. Was wonderful to hear of the creative journeys of craftswomen from across a number of mediums and career stages.

Keen to hear from emerging makers

Sep 9

Now that the project is well under way, we’re particularly keen to hear from recent graduates and/or those just starting their creative business or work to become part of the 3 year ‘1-Up’ Interviews. The early days of turning a business dream into reality are both exciting and hard work, not to mention financially precarious. This is a key time in the life of any maker, and therefore the project team will be meeting nationally with emerging makers to talk about your experiences of the early days of setting establishing your business or maker practice, and then catching up with you once a year for the next 2 years to see how things are going. Your experience will be invaluable, providing vital information on the kinds of support needed to help makers in establishing their creative business. If you’re interested or just wish to find out more, please contact us at: