Friday, May 14, 2010

Crafters wanted for Melbourne Fringe Festival Exhibition with a difference!

Note: I've reposted this as there was something wrong with the comments enabler on the first post. Apologies to blog feed readers!

Home is where the Craft is

24th September -October 3rd
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Brunswick, Vic Australia

Mission Statement

The purpose of the exhibition to explore the role of women's crafting as something which is very much done in the home, in snatches of time whilst watching telly, waiting for the washing machine to finish etc etc. Craft as a practice has gotten ridiculously big in Melbourne over the last few years, evidenced by the 60 craft markets for retailers to sell their wares and loads of zines, magazines and newspapers all devoting slabs of column to crafty industries.

Craft's function as a creative practice is somewhat obscured by it's residential location as it is primarily not done in art spaces, studios or collectives.

There are of course a whole load of other issues about women's labour being undervalued, women becoming one women sweatshops, women underselling their work, it being seen as a poor cousin to graphic and fashion design etc etc.

Here is an opportunity to expose your home crafted goods in their glory. They can be of any theme related to home crafting and of any medium. Mediums may include:

Sewing (hand or machine)
Wool work

Preference and definite priority will be given to work which has been designed and created within the home in a 'traditional' sense. The theme and materials can be quite diverse but preference will be given to work created without use of industrial materials such as industrial screen printers or laser cutters. Paintings and illustrations will not necessarily be considered.

Fringe shows are inspiring, shocking, disgusting, surprising, entertaining, challenging, provoking.
All of the above and none of the above.

The Venue

The exhibition will be held in my laundry, kitchen and living room. People will be able to wander through these rooms freely to view the work (with some decluttering and basic security constraints)

The backyard will also be open as the entrance to the exhibition and will host the Exhibition launch party and Sunday markets.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested please email Cate Lawrence and more info will be sent out to you.
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