Aboriginal Display at the Brisbane Exhibition, 1914.
State Library of Queensland
First Nations people have been making and crafting clothes and accessories for millennia, and for international exhibitions for hundreds of years.
In 2019, Chagossian sega was listed as world heritage by Unesco.
University of Edinburgh
When the British government expelled Chagos Islanders from their homeland, it put a unique culture at risk of erasure.
I’m a mathematician whose hobby is origami. It has inspired mathematicians to solve problems once thought impossible, and create folding telescope lenses, airbags and solar panels.
If you and the kids are stumped for things to do these holidays, and looking for ways to reconnect after a really trying school term, here are some ideas to try.
Joseph Pine and James Gilmore’s The Experience Economy was one of the most influential books of the modern era. Now it may be time for an update.
The enduring popularity of knitting lies in its practicality, portability and mental health benefits. As the mercury drops and we head outside for bracing walks, it’s time to knit a woollen scarf.
As hospitals face a global shortage of personal protective equipment, crafting communities are once again stepping up to the plate.
Artist Lucas Grogan’s quilts use traditional techniques but express modern sentiments.
A summer exhibition of man-made craft is a rare thing - but do men really need a leg up when it comes to artistic recognition?
Brushtail in pouch.
Thousands of people in Australia and around the world have rallied to knit and crochet comfort items for wildlife. Their efforts are the latest in a long history of crafting for a cause.
Ema Shin’s Soft Alchemy (Fertile Heart) 2019,
cotton, wool, wire.
Photo: Oleksandr Pogorilyi
Eight artists use textiles to investigate history, self and place in a new exhibition that draws on rich histories, but could use more contextual information in its presentation.
The practices and values of craftsmanship correspond well with the requirements for a sustainable economy. But they’re threatened by industry.
Recycling on a large scale is a Bronze Age invention.
Craft can be done solitary or with other people, and its up to you to decide.
Craft allows us to enter an immersive state of balance between skill and challenge.
Peter Thomas of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (left), Marcel Dionne of Roarockit (centre) and Jaimie Isaac, curator for Indigenous/Contemporary at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (right), are seen building a skateboard using a do-it-yourself kit in this 2017 photo. Art and design schools should reward those who actually build and create more than they do design theorists.
Even as our world goes digital, there will always be an appetite for craftsmanship, for art and for the work only human hands can truly bring to life. Art and design schools should celebrate creators.
Basket weaving is an important cultural and economic activity in many parts of the world, including Australia.
IM Swedish Development Partner/Flickr
Basket weaving and knitting are used pejoratively to make a point but not ‘manly’ pursuits such as metalcrafts or woodwork.
The Makalani nut is a Namibian treasure.
From unpublished Master's thesis of Michelle Olga van Wyk
Namibian crafters may be on the verge of commercial success with the carving of the Makalani nut. But they are not sure if they want to commercialise operations.
3D printing can be a powerful tool for designers and artists.
The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo shows how 3D printing can be claimed as a craft technology.
Part of a black cotton cushion cover depicting the Australian coat of arms embroidered by Lance Corporal Alfred Briggs (Albert Biggs), 20 Battalion, AIF.
Courtesy of Australian War Memorial
Embroidery - often seen as women’s work - was a common form of therapy for troops wounded in the first world war. One soldier, Albert Biggs, learned to sew with his left hand after his right arm was badly injured.
Children with Kibbo Kift leader, John Hargrave, 1928.
Courtesy of Tim Turner
During World War I, a youth organisation called the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry was set up, prompting similar groups attracting thousands of members.
Perhaps the “art” label designates Assemble and the Granby project as outsiders, unique, creating something that can’t be replicated.