Object magazine offers an insightful perspective on contemporary craft and design in Australia. Published by the Australian Design Centre, Object is a celebration of creativity and making, and a journal of record featuring inspirational objects, works and projects by Australia’s most innovative craft and design practitioners.
Object magazine was published in print between 1996 and 2009, and digitally until 2011. Many of Australia’s most important emerging and established craftspeople and designers were featured in Object magazine and many curators, writers, designers and editors were instrumental in the development of the magazine over its life.
This digital archive of the magazine is a work in progress. We are planning to eventually upload the key articles and contents of each issue of the magazine as a record of 20 years of craft and design in Australia.
(2009) Feature: Seven 21st Century Ceramicists gather for a photo at the National Art School ceramics studio. Profile: Crafts Mastermind: Jane Burns: Grace Cochrane profiles one of Australia's most vocal crafts movement supporters. Profile: Marina Murdilnga: Read about the woven sculptures of this Arnhem Land-based Indigenous fibre artist. Key topics: ceramics; pottery; Jane Burns; weaving; Indigenous design; fibre; textiles
(2009) Feature: Wood: A social commentary explores how contemporary designers work with wood. Profile: Kevin Perkins Furniture explores the work of this Tasmanian artisan, written by Australian writer Richard Flanaghan. Profile: Jon Goulder speaks about his furniture practice on his move to Perth. Key topics: wood; timber; furniture; making; craft; artisan; design
(2008) Feature: The Canning Stock Route Project, celebrating the lives and stories of Western Desert Indigenous people.
Feature: Gatherings, Urban Art Projects engages Indigenous artists from remote communities.
Feature: Pottery that defies convention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ceramics.
Key topics: Indigenous and Torres Strait makers and artists; FORM, Perth; Urban Art Projects; foundry; public art
Feature: The Slow Prototype Design, Brian Parkes writes about rapid prototyping and the work of Australian designers Adam Goodrum, Stefan Lie and Gilbert Riedelbauch.
Profile: Sandra Backlund Knitwear, The lavishly sculptural knitwear of Sandra Backlund.
Key topics: rapid prototyping; design education; product design; furniture; Adam Goodrum; Stefan Lie; Gilbert Riedelbauch; Sandra Backlund; fashion; knitwear; textiles
Studios: US-based glass maker Marc Petrovic is interviewed by Shannon Sharpe.
Studios: Adelia Borges invites us into the studio of Brazilian ceramicist Sara Carone.
Studios: Brian Parkes explores the work of New Zealand jeweller Alan Preston.
Key topics: glass; USA; ceramics; Brazil; pottery; jewellery; New Zealand
Cover Story: 'An Enduring Relationship', Patricia Anderson writes about six contemporary Australian Jewellers.
Feature: Heidi Dokulil introduces Australian furniture, lighting and object designers Kelly Freeman and Rina Bernabei.
Feature: 'What Museums Do With Objects', Jonathan Sweet champions the value of decorative arts collections in Australian museums.
Key topics: jewellery; Rina Bernabei, Kelly Freeman, furniture; lighting; object design; designers; decorative arts; collections; museums
(2007) Cover Story: Relationship Counselling, The Current State Of The Union Between Contemporary Art And Craft, written by Robert Cook.
Regulars: Make/Me Everyday Stories, Merryn Gates talks to Anne Brennan about her collection of ceramics by Rebecca Dowling.
Key topics: contemporary art; craft; ceramics; Rebecca Dowling
(2007) Cover Story: 'Starting A New Sentence About Australian Design', Anne Brennan on the exhibition Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living. Feature article: Grace Cochrane: Smart Works, Jenny Deves interviews Grace Cochrane about Smart works: design and the handmade. Feature article: 'Traditional, Or Is It?', Christine Clarke looks at the contemporary reworking of traditional craft forms in the Queensland Art Gallery's fifth Asia-Pacific Triennial.
Key topics: design; handmade; craft; Asia-Pacific Triennial
(2006 - 2007)
Cover Story: Team Glass, The studio glass community's culture of sharing.
Feature: A Touch of Wool, The design and science of wool merged a long time ago within the Western Australian wool industry.
Profile: Charles Wilson, The 2006 winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award is profiled by Rachael Bernstone.
Key topics: glass; studio glass; wool; textile arts; Charles Wilson; design; furniture; lighting
Cover Story: Stitches In Time, In weaving, printing and stitching, today's textile artists and designers use astonishing range of old and new technologies in their work.
Feature: Damian Barton, Andrew Nicholls profiles Western Australian furniture designer Damien Barton.
Feature: Dialogue: Exploring Opportunities In Textiles, Weavers Liz Williamson and Kelly Thompson discuss their work.
Key topics: weaving; printing; stitching; textile arts; design; technology; furniture design; Damien Barton; Liz Williamson, Kelly Thompson
Cover: Fostering Talent, Merryn Gates writes about Robert Foster's Canberra business FINK & Co.
Feature: Living In A Material World, the Victoriana-influenced work of New Zealand jeweller Octavia Cook.
Feature: Craft By Design, Paivi Ernkvist and Zandra Ahl on the first years of the Swedish organisation Craft in Dialogue.
Key topics: production; process; metal; design; Robert Foster; Canberra; jewellery; gold; silver; New Zealand; Sweden; craft; art; design
Feature: Whiter Than White, Janet DeBoos analyses whiteness in ceramics and how Les Blakeborough came to develop his 'Southern Ice' clay bodies.
Feature: Verbally Adept Furniture, Grant Thompson investigates Tim Larkin's relational furniture
Feature: Lost And Won, Architect Brit Andresen on the jewellery of Barbara Heath.
Key topics: Janet DeBoos; Les Blakeborough; ceramics; clay; Tim Larkin; furniture; jewellery; Barbara Heath
Cover Story: The Basket Economy, Kevin Murray discusses the making and collecting of woven forms from the Western Desert to South Africa.
Feature: Woolly World, A knitting fad is taking a lively hold in New Zealand, and Gina Irish investigates.
Key topics: baskets; weaving; fibre arts; craft; global; knitting; textile arts; wool; New Zealand
Feature: A Sustainable Design, Ecology and economy are mutually achievable, says architect Caroline Pidcock.
Feature: Extracts from the new monograph on artist Fiona Hall by Julie Ewington.
Feature: Cloaked In Time, Penelope Aiken on Thai artist Montri Toemsombat.
Key topics: sustainable design; ecology; architecture; Caroline Pidcock; artist; Fiona Hall; Thai; Montri Toemsombat
(2004) Article: Four Sisters exhibition, fibre art from West Arnhem Land Article: In the Pacific rim, Ian Were speaks to several artists about their international residencies Article: Sofia Tekela-Smith, contemporary jewellery Key topics: fibre art; Indigenous; weaving; art; residency; international; jewellery; art
Article: Handmade at the Heart of things, Grace Cochrane takes an in-depth look at crafts over the last four decades.
Article: Talent is not enough, Design historian Michael Bogle looks at 40 years of design activity and education.
Article: The gentle wash of memory, Wendy Walker on jeweller Leslie Mathews.
Key topics: crafts; history; design; education; jewellery; memory
Article: Copper red, tea dust and temmoku, Wendy Walker writes about Kirsten Coelho's ceramics
Article: Artisans + artist colonies, the fabrics and frocks of fashion brand Easton Pearson.
Article: Syaw, Peppimenarti artist Regina Wilson
Key topics: ceramics; glaze; pottery; Kirsten Coelho; fashion; fabric; textiles; Easton Pearson; art; Regina Wilson; weaving; painting; Indigenous art
Article: Magic Carpets from Ernabella, Central Australian Indigenous artists and the State Library of South Australia Rugs Project.
Article: Translucent Light, ceramics and lighting combine in a collaboration between Angela Mellor and Mondo Lucé.
Article: Seductive Evidence, The work of multi-media artist Patricia Harper.
Key topics: Ernabella; Indigenous art; rugs; weaving; ceramics; lighting; multi-media art
Feature: Wild Nature, curator Margot Osborne writes about the exhibition 'Wild Nature in Contemporary Australian Art and Craft'.
Feature: Beyond the City Limits, the wild beauty of Shirley Macnamara's fibre vessels
Feature: Like a Lizard Drinking, an Australian pottery idiom, when animals were kings of the ceramic jungle
Key topics: nature; making; art; Indigenous art; fibre art; vessels; weaving; spinifex; ceramics; animals; Australian
(2002) Article:Eau Sauvage: It's crystal clear that artist, Timothy Horn's career is on an upwards curve. Feature:Glass works: Canberra Glass artist Giles Bettison, mastering material and techniques
Feature:Lost in Space: Designing Futures is a global forum featuring contemporary fine wood and furniture design
Key topics: Timothy Horn, glass, Giles Bettison, furniture design, sustainable design
Article:Marc Newson: Is currently working on the design for a new airline. And perhaps a space-station, Anne Watson reports.
Article:The Lure of Metal: Two significant New Zealand jewellers, Rainer Beneke and Ann Culy
Feature:Rare Earth: Glass artists Scott Chaseling and Kristie Rea
Key topics: Marc Newson, design works, Jewellery, New Zealand, Glass, Canberra Glass
Article: Jeweller Niki Hastings-McFall tackles environmental concerns and speaks about her experience living in the urban Pacific region.
Article: The processes and inspiration behind Jeweller Marian Hosking's work is discussed by Alex Selenitsch
Review: Recycling in Contemporary Craft is a national touring exhibition with a curatorial theme of creative re-use
Feature: Glass Maker Jun Kaneko's monumental glass reported by Isabella Reich
Key topics: jewellery, New Zealand, Pacific, recycling, sustainability, glass, Marian Hosking
Interiors Feature: De Ma: Amanda Greeves reports on the success of a new collaboration between designers and manufactures to produce interior products
Review: iSaloni 2001: International furniture fair
Review: Lace: Contemporary Perspectivies a review of the CRAFTWEST Gallery exhibition
Key topics: furniture design, manufacturing, Queensland design, Lace, textiles, CraftWest Gallery
Article: Dyson's Philosophy - British designer James Dyson has succeeded
Article: Textile artist Kelly Thompson embraces the local and the international
Feature: New Design 2001 - Graduate exhibition and award
Key topics: design, new technology, textiles, object award, Australian graduates
(2000) Article: Making & placing the object - A case study of the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia Korea — Australia Feature: No Apologies - Korean artist Ium Korea — Australia Feature: Korean metal jewellery Key topics: Ngarrindjeri, Indigenous, basketry, media objects, fashion, photography, Korea, jewellery
(2000) Article: Whither jewellery — focusing on Ilse-Marie Erl and Octavia Cook Article: Handheld gardens — Toni Warburton's ceramic objects Feature: Interactive metal — Korean tradition & innovation at Object studios Feature: Ah Xian's China – Facsimile & the impossibility of perfection Key topics: Jewellery, ceramics, metal
(2000) Short: No Picnic — Porcelain by Nicole Lister Short: Discrete and Gregarious — Sally Marslands Jewellery and objects Short: Wide (true) Blue Yonder — Recent jewellery of Margaret West Key Topics: Ceramics, Jewellery
(1999) Review: Never enough — new work by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Short: Earth, Wings and Wire — the work of Vicky Shukuroglou Feature: Weaving through other eyes —the west in the east Key topics: Ceramics, jewellery, textiles, weaving
(1999) What’s New In Museums: Australian design at the Powerhouse short: Designs on the Future — JamFactory metal Feature: Collard — Deborah Crowe’s woven metal wearables Key topics: contemporary design, metal design, jewellery, textiles, wearable
Review: Time and Tide — questioning the practice, craft and cultural practice Short: Hardware — Contemporary Objects explores metalwork by Adelaide makers Feature: The Magic of Indigo — the colour of love or sorrow? Feature: Tableware through meditation — Martha Sung-won Lee Key topics: Contemporary craft, metalwork, jewellery, indigo, tableware
(1999) Review: The Ceramic Still Life — exhibition review Short: New Jewellery from Australia exhibited at Galerie Ra Amsterdam Feature: Snow blind — Glass by Helen Aitken-Kuhen Feature: Thread-bare textiles — reinvigorating contemporary textile practice Key topics: ceramics, still life, jewellery, glass, textiles
(1998) Review: Nature as Object — Third International Crafts Triennial Review: Sit Up! — 100 Masterpieces of chair design Short: Black histories — explores regional cultural traditions, identities and jewels Key topics: furniture design, product design, cultural tradition, craft, jewellery
(1998) Review: Pieces of Heaven — Tivaeve, ceremonial quilts from the Cook Islands Feature: A culture of the tropics? — North Queensland craft practitioners Feature: Wither Olde Europe? — Thoughts on cultural transference Key topics: textiles, culture, pacific island, craft, tradition
Review: Spaces of containment — Fibre works from the anthropology collection of the University of Queensland
Feature: Shona Wilson — mixed media work and ceramic vessels
Feature: A Virtual Craft Conspiracy — Can craft interface with computer technology?
Key topics: Fibre works, Aboriginal, craft, ceramics, Shona Wilson, computer technology, virtual craft
Feature: Emerging artists — a view from art and design schools
Feature: Nicola Cerini's bold new range of fabric design
Article: Similarity and difference — craftspeople and visual artists
Key topics: textiles, fabric design, craft vs art
Review: Else King's exhibition Fragile Objects uses the medium of textiles as a metaphor for both land and body
Feature: Shanghai Style — Exhibiting Australian Fine Metalwork in Shanghai's new Museum
Key topics: craft, textiles, shibori, Shanghai Museum, object, metalwork
(1997) Special Feature: Robert Baines discusses Donna Brennan's remarkable gold, enamel and crystal jewellery Review: Fire in the Heart, Australian Enamel at Craftspace gallery Key topics: jewellery, glass enamel, metal enamel, craft
Review: Questioning the practice — Diana Klaosen on a craft curator's program in Tasmania
Special Feature: Glass Prize and corporate support — Pamile Berg looks at the RFC Glass Prize and its potential
Special Feature: Below the surface — Kevin Murray delves into this recent. substantial textiles show and conference
Key topics: curating, residence, Glass, textiles
Special Feature: SOFA, So Good! — The world's only exposition of Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art is on again
Special Feature: Glass Artist's Gallery off-shore — Ivana Jirasek explains the gallery's involvement in SOFA and similar events
Review: Offerings — Helen Schamroth on David Trubridge's new wood works
Review: Head first — Ted Snell discusses a national award exhibition of jewellery
Key topics: wood, jewellery, furniture, object, design
Special Feature: The Language of Weaving from Maningrida — successful re-contextualisation of weaving as iconic or sculptural pieces
Special Feature: Aboriginal and folk art, and "puerile" contemporary art
Key topics:Weaving, Aboriginal, art, context
Feature: Col Levy's intimate connection between work and the process of nature within ceramics
Review: Lascivious opposition — Ceramicists Stephen Benwell and David Pottinger
Article: Turning culture into an economic product — Helen Ross discusses Australia's cultural exchange relations with Asia and the Pacific Region
Key topics: craft, ceramics, material culture, text and meaning
(1995) Article: HiTech Waste — A new range of composite recycled materials Article: Miyake clothing and fashion design for the Powerhouse Article: At the Clinton's house — What is it really like to visit a craft exhibition on the Net? Arctile: Where worlds converge — Engaging with issues of ecodesign and new technologies Article: Kevin Murray asks, will the role of craft be immaterial? Article: John Thackara looks at how we are synthesize the cultural impact of technology Key topics: waste, sustainability, recycle, design, fashion, virtual exhibition, ecodesign, new technology
Article: Oz Ceramics at Faenza — historical and contemporary ceramics
Article: Ether, net, dust mound, or red mountain — 'Peter King speculates on the ties, nodes and bonds between craft, art, cyberspace and ethics'
Article: Craft Ecology — 'Peter Hughes proposes that the crafts could have new significance in a world addicted to technology'
Key topics: ceramics, craft, cyberspace, future
Feature:Occupied Territory — Museum of Sydney its merchandising initiatives and Friona Hall
Feature:Geta.firstname.lastname@example.org? — How are artists, designers and theorists using the Internet
Key topics: art, craft, internet, future, design