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craft theory

Oh, surprises are so hard to sit on!

July 9, 2009

So I’ve been making a lot of stuff recently, but it’s all for an upcoming Fringe theatre show, so I can’t really show you. Otherwise it wont be a surprise and a joy for those of you who see the show itself. I know I shared Totem dolls as I found them on the net, …

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Fast punch history lesson

July 7, 2009

A friend of mine asked a question about doileys over email, and I sent her a Rambling Fast Punch History of Craft Lesson in reply. So I figured I’d share it. ___ The traditional spelling of doiley is actually D’oyleys. It would be a great comfort to me if you could use the correct term …

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Musing on craft theory (because my camera cord is missing again)

June 6, 2009

So I’ve been running around all week working on a film, I cooked an ace thing and photographed a bunch of cool stuff but can’t find my blasted camera cord, AGAIN, so all those ace images are still trapped in my camera. So instead I figured I’d talk about the other thing that’s been on …

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How wonderful are books?

April 19, 2009

I love books. They’re so wonderfully inspiring, you know, when you find the right ones and all, but I’ve lucked in recently and I wanted to share them with you. It all started the other day when I was in an antique store, and found the History of knitting (also known as Sacred History of …

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Totem thinks

September 16, 2008

I’ve been sitting in the studio and at home surrounded by all these incredible dolls and it’s slowly dawned on me that not only is Totem about self identity, like a vox pop of how a section of society see themselves, but it’s also a flagship for promoting modern craft practice. Each one of these …

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art vs toys

September 15, 2008

Another question the Age reporter asked me, as she sat in my studio surrounded by dolls, was “Where is the line between Art and Toy?” That’s another hard one to answer. The ends of the scale are easily defined, but it’s the middle that’s fuzzy and gray. Art Dolls are often the exquisitely carved or …

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another Totem doll and some craft musings

September 12, 2008

Firstly, Natalie Kalinova has posted her doll online. You can find Natalie’s Flickr set here. I love this doll, reminds me of being all rugged up against the cold and the wind on a grey winter’s day. This is something that I love about this show, that dolls are so familiar, and the truths they …

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A craft moment in time

September 1, 2008

Reading an article on Arts Hub*. I’m not a big fan of the new changes to Arts Hub, it seems like there’s hardly any jobs advertised there anymore and I wonder if it’s worth the subscription fee now a days. talking to people, it seems like I’m not the only one wondering that. But they …

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craft thinkin (am I wading into a nasty swamp here?)

August 29, 2008

Craft is an odd thing. Society isn’t sure where it’s placed or how to think about it. For example: I was talking to a gallery owner about maybe organising a craft exhibition a few years ago and she was behind the idea but said several times through out the conversation “Now, you’ll make sure it’s …

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