My selection of 15 craftspeople from the Victorian Craft Award

Victorian Craft Award 2015

The works of 116 Victorian craftspeople in the framework of the Victorian Craft Award are currently being exhibited across 4 venues in Melbourne. 

This biennal event organised by Craft Victoria, aims at celebrating emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria, Australia.

 Prizes have already been awarded by a professional jury but this week, the People’s Choice Award will be granted.

Information

Victorian Craft Award website Craft Victoria Venues:

  • Craft – 31 Flinders
  • Lanefortyfivedownstairs – 45 Flinders Lane
  • Sofitel Melbourne on Collins – 25 Collins Street
  • 1 Spring Street foyer (this is actually NOT on Spring street but the access is via Flinders Lane, just before Craft)

If you’re currently in Melbourne and have some “bleisure” time to spend, I highly recommend these exhibitions (open until the 15th of August) that will introduce you to the creative scene of the city and its surroundings. There are really some stunning works.

This is my selection of 15 craftsmen/women, classified according to my own totally partial criteria.

 

Poetry

 

Wendy Jagger

Wendy Jagger‘s Grevillae Victoriae is an exquisite translucent porcelain work. All her works are strongly influenced by the landscapes and flora of her homeland of North Eastern Victoria.

 

Takahiko Sugawara

The wooden Waves of Takihiko Sugawara are such a poetic work of art…

 

Amy Kennedy

Amy Kennedy presented one of her “sculpture” made of assembled fine paper-thin leaves of glaze material.

 

Robyn Phelan

Robyn Phelan, Unbearable Promise of the Rain Cloud. The artist says “I obsessively watch the sky and record its prospect. I see clouds as atmospheric beings whose presence promise rain. Cruelly, rainfall in a time of climate change is either catastrophically abundant or meagre.”

 

Kris Coad

For The Honoured Guest, Kris Coad was inspired by the Buddhist tradition of placing 7 small vessels on a shrine. It’s made of very fine transluscent China.

 

Contemporary material / techniques

 

David Herbert

I was fascinated by David Herbert‘s “green title”. This artist is particularly interested by upcycling and Polystyrene, which he transforms into stunning objects by recording the form and texture of the material into crystal.

 

Emma Davies

Emma Davies, Dot to Dot. This artist uses contemporary materials like polypropylene together with unconventional methods to push the boundaries of her works.

 

Lucile Sciallano

 When craft meets technology: Lucile Sciallano chose to use 3D printing for her work One of a Kind. 

 

Amanda Dziedzic

I love Amanda Dziedzic glass works. In this series entitled A Bumper Crop, she experimented with hot sculpted glass. A stunning realisation.

 

Food for thought

 

Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs‘s Wolf Head is a ceramic / sculpture / installation in the sense that there’s a sound coming out of the wolf’s mouth. Yet, it’s not a howling cry but the roaring of the crowd during an American Football tailgating event. The artist wanted to “create an analogy between animals howling to locate themselves or communicate with others and humans expressing pleasure through their communication with each other.” Beside the beauty of the ceramic work, the discrepancy between the sounds of joy you hear and the sound of loneliness you expect makes this piece all the more interesting.

 

Irianna Kanellopoulou

Irianna Kanellopoulou‘s Wild Things II tackles the relationships between the animal and human beings. She crafts pieces with beautiful and intricate details.

 

Kim Jaeger Pot Head

Kim Jaeger is known for her Pot Heads. This one is entitled Always around. The artist says to be “interested in why people live with certain objects in their domestic space and the emotional connections they have with them”.

 

Tiffany Parbs Baggage

Tiffany Parbs Hirsute

The two pieces here above, Baggage and Hirsute, come from her series Smother where Tiffany Parbs explores the myths around motherhood and how it is seen in the media.

This is what the artist has to say about this.

Baggage “responds to the objectification of child as accessory, the positioning of the child as another prop and extension of the mother’s taste and style (as often occurs with media depictions of famous people with their offspring).  The commodification and proliferation of people as product.”

Hirsute “is a bearded baby bodysuit I made for my daughter soon after she was born, a piece of protective hair armour to shield her from the social feedback and media onslaught she will receive about what she can and can’t do with her own body as it matures.”

 

Lighting

 

Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd‘s Ceramic Light is made of Terracota and Copper. It was part of a sustainable lighting exhibition.

 

Isabel Avendano Hazbun

Wound up is a work by the young furniture designer Isabel Avendano Hazbun 

 

 

Quotes from the artists come from Victorian Craft Award website


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