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
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:
Embroidery/needlework Sewing (hand or machine) Wool work Gocco Felting Quilting
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 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.
I've been quite busy since I gave notice at work, trying to catch up with all my work tasks, working on these coasters...and of course, working on lots of gloves for winter! I have a very long list of things planned for the weekend, hope I get at least some done :).
Luckily I've been hard at work embroidering gloves to save our hands! Wool free, these are vegan friendly and great for those allergic to wool. Designed and hand embroidered by me, here in Melbourne
Would you like some? You can purchase your very own here in a variety of styles and patterns...
*note-I've contacted all the sources I have for gloves in Australia and I'm unable to find any which are wool free and made in Australia (or not made in China but willing to ship to Australia) but I will keep trying!Watch this space.
Working on a very belated birthday present for my husband....
Drank a cocktail that tasted like lemon meringue. Attended this exhibition. Bought a piece of art work...(will take a pic when it comes home). ...
Saw this documentary about the exploitation of workers in the Kenyan flower markets at the Human Rights Film Festival. Heard people complaining to the organisers that the films were too explicit, too depressing...
Thought about a lot of things and how lucky I am to live in Australia and have the luxury of choices.