Day 19 : Work 19. Material practice in Craft and Design

I went to this Forum yesterday arvo. It was hot and humid day and so much like the last bit of summer lingering and denying letting go. I was a little bit late and when I got there they were showing this video clip called “The future is handmade” . I remembered the video about handmade and craftsmanship as I had already seen that on youtube a couple of weeks ago while I was trying to figure out the rationale of handmade using industrial materials.

The forum was interesting but even though the host’s effort to put material practice in the middle of subject matter I couldn’t quite get the objective of the forum made clear only by listening their discussion. However, one of the speakers, Maree Clarke , Aboriginal designer and artist, and her necklace made with dead kangaroo teeth drew my attention. Her materials and the practice involves the knowledge and history of her ethical background. Also the community she is working with and the collaboration she has been doing was the best story about “Material practice in craft and design”.

I went to the forum to listen to Curator, Kevin Murray and meet other people from Academics so I would love to be more familiar with those words they use and help my practice in any how.

In the end I had a great chance to think about my material practice, slow movement in craft and design and etc. I haven’t got any wisdom or insight about it through my project yet but I am sure I can get there.

The forum “Material practice in Craft and design” at NGV

The forum “Material practice in Craft and design” at NGV

Anyway I still went to the studio in between and finished my job to do.

“Why have I been using Perforated mild steel so long time?” Some key words in my mind. Korean. Steel, Australia, form, space, structure, pick up something unknown at unfamiliar space, just like immigration.


raw forms of hexagons for hook earrings & hexagon with silver stud earrigns

raw forms of hexagons for hook earrings & hexagon with silver stud earrigns

Hexagon stud on the hexagon printed paper

Hexagon stud on the hexagon printed paper